Just want to share this news. Because plagiarism affects too many of us, and because this involves my birth city.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl … riter.html
If she's indeed guilty, have to say, I'm stunned the publisher didn't detect it. Or maybe it's the assumption that a famous person has no need or reason to copy.
Shame on her! Stealing and printing someone else's recipes and memories is beyond reprehensible. If Mrs. Haigh was a respected chef, I'm sure she isn't any longer. Why would she think she could get away with theft? And why would she feel the need to steal? Is she a complete fraud?
Obviously, the lack of imagination will make a person to copy other people work. And it's shameful that a famous chef will venture into such obnoxious tract.
I don't know what happened in this case, but I think a lot of successful people nowadays see themselves as too busy to write their own stuff and instead have ghostwriters.
That's not meant as an excuse for her, the buck definitely stops with her, but I've seen this style of plagiarism happen a lot recently.
Even some of the influencers and bloggers seem to use ghostwriters nowadays. It's kind of sad.
It's too easy for a lazy person to either:
1. Pay someone else to write stuff for them
2. Copy and paste, take the money and run
Yes. Plagiarism happens. I have researched this area. There are precedented cases. The publisher is responsible. They need to check all sources to ensure the author's (or ghostwriter's) work is genuine — not plagiarised — before publication. We can point our finger at the author, but how do we know the author wrote it?
"I didn't know I was committing a crime, I just profited from it," usually doesn't blow over any better than accepting you messed up somewhere outright.
I hear you, and yes, she plagiarized. But the publisher should have checked before publication. There are software programs that do it.
I think that the modern world is greedy for "content" and people are tempted to cut corners.
I agree. Any person that has pass out of English class can write a 500 word read on "content." But by asking another person to "do it for me", one is being lazy and proscrinating. That's the same thing as spinning another person's original content on a software. Seriously, a person who fail English class but is determine to make it freelanclng can write 1000 word read, pass it through online grammar checker, and make correction. I wouldn't pity those who plagiarized when catch. Shame on them.
I think what's more distressing than an established publisher making such a mistake, are the comments left on the news articles.
According to some people, plagiarism is rampant in the recipe publication business, online or offline.
You take someone's creation, change the words, and it's your own secret discovery. Refined after years of trying.
You take someone's recipe for beef stew, add in an irrelevant ingredient, and suddenly it's your grandma's prized creation. Perfected when she was on the run from Nazis.
Is that true? I neither cook nor write that much for Delishably. But this sounds horrible to me.
I think it's true. How many ways can you make enchiladas? Grill cheese sandwich? Pancakes?
To be honest, I often wondered how people did "new" recipes for basic meals. I guess it's all in the "stories" that go with them?
There was a time on HP when recipes were all the rage and did really well. Every man and his dog seemed to be writing them apart from me.
Then they kind of crashed and never fully recovered their former glory.
Recipe articles are like "How to Get Rid of Ants." There are only so many ways. Besides, the Internet is full of similar articles. If I were to write recipes, I'd write about one topic, cooking for kids or an army.
Just read from the Washington Post coverage of this incident, that UK and US copyright laws do not cover recipes. They are considered "factual."
Err .... Hmm.
So that gave recipe addicts a sort of license to plagiarized other cooks recipes? I kind of rarely written recipes. The last one yet to be publish...a long read will increase libido.
It always amazes me how much clutter people can create to fill out a page that has just a basic recipe.
I understand why writers (have to) do it: my online experience knows it's for SEO purposes. But it's a pain in the arse, especially if you're on your phone and have to scroll through all that fluff just to get some basic info like the baking temperature.
Copyright does not apply to the list of ingredients, by instructions beyond the most remedial and certainly any attached anecdotes are covered.
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