Writer Monica Gaudio discovers that one of her articles has been reprinted in a magazine named Cooks Source, without due credits and ofcourse without permission. She writes in to the Editor of the Magazine asking for an apology and (brilliant) a USD 130 donation to the Columbia School of Journalism. Judith Griggs, the editor, writes back

“…I do know about copyright laws.

…But honestly Monica, the web is considered “public domain” and you should be happy we just didn’t “lift” your whole article and put someone else’s name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally. Now it will work well for your portfolio.
…For that reason, I have a bit of a difficult time with your requests for monetary gain, albeit for such a fine (and very wealthy!) institution. We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me!

And yes, you guessed it. Judith Griggs will never be employed again and my best best is that she will write a book or will be part of a reality show soon!

As of this moment, “Judith Griggs” is the 55th most search term on google and “Cooks Source Magazine” is 35th! So much so that “Judith Griggs” is now in the english language

Example of usage: “Why’d you get an F on that essay?” “I griggs’d the professor’s doctoral thesis from her website, and I even cleaned it up for her and told her she should give me an A, but she failed me anyway.”


Oh! I have already said that!