First, go to
and read the facts.
We little folks have to stand up for ourselves. Look out for your hard work being plagiarized by others.
Not only will they steal your hard work, but they'll bully you into believing that you deserved it! Ms Griggs must have learned her journalistic ethics at Styx University.
Personally, I plan on boycotting any supporter of "Cooks Source" or Judith Griggs.
Since my OTHER other other job is as a professional writer - with much of what I write published online - I'm glad this sort of thing is finally getting the public attention it deserves. No, in fact, the Internet is NOT "public domain" - otherwise uploading music without paying for it would be perfectly okay. If you publish your writing - or photography or music or anything else - online and you're concerned about copyright, be sure to include a line with your work such as "Copyright Jane Doe, 2010."
Misconceptions like Ms. Griggs' are commonplace (though unconscionable in an editor), but intellectual property is just like any other kind - if it's not yours, don't use it without permission!