The story started when the magazine, Cooks Source, reprinted an article it found on the web. The magazine credited the author, but it didn't ask for her permission, it didn't pay her and it didn't even tell her it was reprinting her work.
When the woman who wrote the original article complained, the editor of the magazine told her in an email that everything on the Internet is public domain — and that she should be thankful her article had been edited.
The letter and the story quickly became a web phenomenon.
After our show, WBUR's Andrew Phelps reached the author of the original article, Monica Gaudio, by phone.
This program aired on November 8, 2010.