Let's see, let me document this chain correctly: Photodude sent me to writetheweb where I found this ancient (2/2002) link to a Guardian story about Tom Sharp, an author of 100% True, a popular feature in :here magazine collected in a book available from stone soup.
Follow that? So what's the point? Well, parties unknown sent large portions of the book to a friend in an e-mail, and, well, you know how it goes.
"It was really annoying. We spent three years thinking up these things. Now people are sending them back to us suggesting that we put them in the magazine and they have no idea that we wrote them in the first place."
Other magazines and several radio personalities are picking them up and re-using them, too, all without attribution. So while you're griping about how Information Wants To Be Free, and what a terrible blow upcoming legislation will be to the public domain, spare a thought for property rights.