"The internet is a big, vast, open space with infinite information, and accidents happen."
That is what Juxtapoz Magazine told me in regards to them lifting portions of interviews I wrote for Swallows & Daggers and using my content on their official website.
I worked very hard and put a lot of time into seeking out artists and conducting thorough interviews for Swallows & Daggers.
As thrilled as I am that these artists whom I respect have gotten even more press through a major platform like Juxtapoz, I am profoundly troubled by Juxtapoz Magzine’s trend of stealing. It wasn’t only my work they took but also work from other Swallows & Daggers contributors. I was not commissioned by Juxtapoz to travel and do these interviews. I did them for Swallows & Daggers.
In some cases Juxtapoz stole artist quotes, in other cases they stole direct quotes from the writer. They used the same pictures we posted. All this from an internationally respected magazine.
When I found out about this I contacted Juxtapoz directly. Although they eventually gave me credit (after a lot of trivial explanations) they have yet to give credit to other contributors.
We work out of love and admiration for the artists we write about. Because I believe the artists we cover deserve the attention. And Swallows & Daggers is a great platform to showcase these artist’s work. Juxtapoz has the funding to pay their own writers to do the work themselves. I told Juxtapoz, “if you think my work is worth stealing then you should hire me.”
They replied and asked me to pitch some ideas. So I pitched to them an idea about a certain artist. After I pitched the idea they never replied back. They never addressed the issue of giving the other Swallows writer’s credit either. Then they featured the artist I pitched to them.
I understand the internet is a “vast” place and it is without a doubt filled with mistakes. However, there is a proper etiquette when using material that is not yours. You give credit where credit is due. Especially when it is being used on a major website of a major magazine.
If that wasn’t enough, Cian David Wright, the head of Swallows & Daggers had also been in contact with Juxtapoz’s Editor-in-Chief, Evan Pricco. Cian tried to handle things amicably. Evan Pricco then forwarded Cian’s emails to one of his staff members and asked her to take over the conversation. When the staffer emailed Cian she forgot to delete all the previous CC’d messages.
On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 8:34 AM, Evan Pricco <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
can you deal with this dude? he is annoying.
Before you pick up another Juxtapoz Magazine or visit their website consider the integrity of their staff. Juxtapoz consists of a staff with financial support yet has no problem robbing from those who aren’t as funded. From those who work hard to one day work for a magazine with that much reach.
Please, email Evan Pricco @ email@example.com
and congratulate him on a job well done.