Sunday, July 22, 2007

Eenadu Steals!

It has happened again. First it was ifoodTv which stole my photos and now its the popular Telugu newspaper Eenadu which has stolen two of my recipes, Potato Sticks Curry and Poha Laddoo with photographs in their July 22nd issue. They have cleverly morphed the photos and published my recipes in their newspaper and website. This was brought to my notice by Ramya of Aromas Of My Food. My many thanks to her.

I feel deeply saddened and irritated. Yesterday it was Yahoo now its Eenadu. Aren't there any rights to protect us bloggers? Yes, our content is free for reading and trying out, but it is not to be stolen or exploited. Isn't it?

I have asked my people to get in touch with Eenadu.

I demand an explanation and an apology from Eenadu and immediate removal of the plagiarized content or appropriate credits to be given.

I will keep you posted. Meanwhile I request all of you, my friends to spread the word... Thanks in advance for all your support..

The links are :
Eenadu - http://eenadu.net/htm/2vnewruchi.asp


IfoodTv - http://www.ifood.tv/node/179 - A copy of my Papad Curry
http://www.ifood.tv/node/448 - A copy of my Radish Kosambari

25 comments:

sra said...

Eenaadu Aadivaram used pics from the Hyderabadi cookbook by Pratibha Karan - she had given the recipes for four chutneys and they took the picture. There was no attribution/courtesy mention and I couldn't be sure if they had taken her permission or not. I have kept an eye on these columns for plagiarism ever since.

Saju said...

This is so not right! It is so easy to acknowledge.

Asha said...

So sorry Chandrika.This plagiarism is getting out of hand girl.All our hard work is free for all now!

Sharmi said...

OMG! when are these people going to do things on their own. I dont know when all this will come to an end. do let us know on what happened.

Chandrika said...

Sra, I never expected Eenadu to stoop down so low.It's very shocking. I feel so hurt.

Chandrika said...

Saju, I feel we bloggers are taken for granted. Either these people do not realise that copyright violations are applicable to the Internet or they just don't care.

Chandrika said...

Asha, its making me so mad that our work is being used like this...And I am a loss to understand how this could be stopped.

Chandrika said...

Sharmi, I feel its high time we do something about this and get some law to protect our interests. If plagiarism keeps happening repeated, how long can we hold our interest and keep blogging?

Suganya said...

I hate to see this happening again and again. Makes us feel helpless. There should be something that could be done against this. Whom are we to approach in ths regard?

Coffee said...

SIGH!!! Is this ever gonna end!!! You are very true.... we seem to be taken for granted.... if this continues we will have to make our blogs private!!

bee said...

&%6$#@!(

Poonam Phatak-Mutha said...

I feel very sorry to hear this Chandrika. I read through so many websites in the last 1 week who wrote about their contents being copied without authority. I hope we can do something about this!

Meena Kandlakuti said...

I just went through the eenadu link.Its too too bad on there part. Stealing that too such a noted news papers is really rediculous. They really own an explanation also apology to you.

Meena Kandlakuti said...

Chandrika,

my some suggestion is try to print some name of ur website or some name on the photographs..hope you have seen mine.I don'nt say even that can'nt be manipulated..but I think it can prevent to an extent.Hope this will help you in some way dear!

sra said...

Chandrika, I just checked the link on Eenadu and now only lemon noodles and veg omelette pictures are there, yours are not - it looks like your complaint worked.

swapna susarla said...

This is a very very shocking news!!eenadu did this????This is a very popular news paper .isn't it?i am so sorry for u.This is a very bad thing.

Chandrika said...

I have no idea Suganya..I wish there is some law which would protect our contents...

Chandrika said...

That's true Coffee...If this continues, the final step would be to make our blogs private...

Chandrika said...

Poonam, plagiarism is raising its ugly head at a very alarming rate..We need to do something about it..

Chandrika said...

Thanks Meena...I am going to add a watermark right away..But even that will not help...Because, the photos have been modified so well...

Chandrika said...

Sra, ya they have removed the recipes..and I got an apology mail too...But they want me to remove this post...I am wondering what to do...

Chandrika said...

Ya swapna, it is very very shocking...

Anonymous said...

Chandrika,

You really have a great blog. I really enjoy (and cook) your recipes. Thank you very much.

I saw your post on dining hall also. I don't think what the editor did is right. If she did not do it on purpose why did she modify the pictures. Also if you look at the veg omlet recipe they just translated Shilpa's recipe word for word. If it was a mistake why is she still keeping that one.

-Aparna

sra said...

I think you should change the post to say Eenadu has removed the picture and you're glad they have taken action - after all, the pix stay in their magazine, and they've been stealing from others as well, I'm sure they know very well it shouldn't be done.

కొత్త పాళీ said...

Chandrika,
The people in charge of filling space in those pages of paper are not constrained by principles like "thouh shalt not steal".
It is not like the management has control over every word that is printed. I am not condoning their behavior .. I'm just saying.
ONe way for you is to contact eenadu management - which I think you're already doing.
Another way, is you take the story to their arch rival vaarta - they may take up your case. OTOH, they may not because they are like that too.
Yes, we bloggers have to be vigilant about protecting our IP rights! Whichever way this turns - al the best.