Monday, December 18, 2006

I heard, I read, It happened ...

mooli parathas

Mooli Parathas me! Plagiarism is by no means a new phenomenon - it happens all around us all the time. I have heard about it on several other blogs. Manisha of Indian Food Rocks has tons for information on what to do and how to prevent plagiarism. Nevertheless, when it happened to me, I was shocked. Even more shocked because the site in question was India Times!

The above picture from an earlier post was published by India Times/Economic times as part of their article "Food to lift your spirits" on 18th December 2006. They did not contact me for authorization to use my picture or acknowledge the source in their article. In fact unless you read closely there does not appear to be any connection between the picture and their article and I fail to understand why they would need a plagiarized picture when a stock image would have served the purpose.

One of my readers (thanks Maya!) alerted me to this or I would not have been aware that my work was being published elsewhere. I have sent a polite email to several links provided on their website, but haven't received any response yet.

This is the 4th time one of my pictures is being used. It was used as a picture for "Recipe of the week" by SIFY at before this and they did not even bother to respond to my "nice" email informing them that they were using a copyrighted image. The other 2 cases were individual blogs and they removed the picture once they were informed. [No, neither of them apologized]

I know 'tis the season and everything, but really! Whatever happened to common courtesy?

Happy Holidays everyone!

Edit 12/21/06 : And another one! This time it is a picture of a plate of poha that has shown up here!