Public interest in Cooks Source, a food magazine, spiked recently after members of the magazine's editorial staff were caught after apparently copying the substance of a food blogger's cooking article and then reposting it as the magazine's own content. However, after being confronted by the blogger, the editors appear to have compounded their original error by belittling the blogger's concerns and claiming "public domain" entitlement to the original work. The incident subsequently became the kind of online PR headache that gives many business owners nightmares. "Copyright protection in recipes usually is fairly thin, but the blogger's article here appears to have included additional editorial content that could be copyrightable," according to Christopher Barnett, an attorney with Scott & Scott, LLP. "Likely worse for the magazine's editors, however, is the fact that they failed to appreciate their magazine's exposure to negative press from social networking. Businesses must learn that any confrontational communication sent to third parties all too easily can become the subject of an Internet publicity disaster." For more information, contact Mr. Barnett at 800.596.6176 or