As writers and photographers, we have to start taking these people to court. They think we wont. And they wont stop until they know we will. ~Suzanne McMinn on the subject of copyright infringement and intellectual property rights. Well, If any of you have been following the whole frufra over the editor of Cooks Source (Those people need to learn where the apostrophe is!!!) An editor appropriated an article nearly in its entirety and when the actual author contacted them, the editor told her that they did her a favor by reprinting it with or without her permission. Over the last few days, another publication has done the same by snagging a photograph off of a web site and reprinting it without permission, accreditation or recompense. Im talking about it here because people here all enjoy taking lots of pictures and many have web sites and I thought thered be some interest. Also, Im personally acquainted with this particular photographer and she was fully prepared to go to the mat over the issue. Heres the link, I hope its ok to post it, I think its a worthwhile thing to read. http://chickensintheroad.com/living/open-letter-to-dave-belanger Im happy to report now that the issue has been somewhat resolved. The publisher agreed to meet Ms. McMinns demands for compensation for the theft of her copyright and intellectual property rights. This came about after days of e-mails, phone calls, web posts, facebook alerts etc etc. Id like to think it happened because Mr Belanger, the owner/ceo of a large publishing company that, Oh, by the way, runs Countryside Publications, who oh yeah, publishes Backyard Poultry, Dairy Goat Journal, and Sheep! Magazine. Im hoping Mr Belanger did this because he realized he should step up like a man and admit there was a wrong done which needed to be cleared up Im afraid he just realized someone caught him with his hand in the cookie jar though. Still, one of the little guys won this one battle, I hope others are as effective in this sort of thing. Thought Id share it with you all.