Today's twitter kerfluffle is about a magazine nobody has ever heard of that lifted their content. While I think this is a no good, very bad thing, it's also not all that unusual. Particularly in online foodland, copy/paste seems to be a not uncommon writing method.
What is sort of unusual is the response. As I wrote on kitchenMage, the flying monkeys have been loosed and the histrionics are in full gear. All well and good, your content, your fight...but this...this is just...
Leaving aside how exactly that possessive works, let me scream NO NO NO.
If it is not rape, it is not anything like rape. Not as a metaphor and certainly not as a bald statement like this.
You see this a lot, things being labeled as 'like rape' or even just 'rape' when they are in fact, nothing at all like rape. Let's help these confused writers out by explaining how these two things are not alike.
If your copyright is infringed...
- ...you may not even know it happened; once you know, not much changes for you.
- ...there are clear legal remedies and an enforcement arm that is usually willing to do its job.
- ...people believe you.
- ...no bruises, pregnancy, STDs or other physical repercussions.
- ...nobody takes the side of the infringer.
- ...nobody asks what your article was wearing.
Your turn in comments.