Again the issue of plagiarism has reared its ugly head. Yet another site has blatantly copied content from a lot of bloggers. More and more the question pops up in my head. Why do we blog? Is it so that other websites such as Kerals.com can easily lift off our photos and recipes and pass them off as their own and make money off it. Other sites had done it earlier, and a lot more sites lacking the imagination to make their own content will keep doing so.
Some do it unknowingly, and on being confronted with it, blame a third party and remove the content. They usually apologize and remove the photos/write ups. But there is this particular site, Kerals.com which is different.
Kerals.com have one of my recipe photos on their site (check here)published there without any permission from me. This from a so called "reputed" site. This is just one of the many copied content. There are other bloggers too whose content has been copied without permission.
Screen shot from the Kerals website
My own post on Olan
So should we complain about it to them? Sure, if we don't mind being vulnerable to threats, abuses,and hate mail totally inappropriate to the matter of plagiarism at hand. We will most probably be cyber stalked and told to shut down our website instead of them taking down the copied content.
Sarcasm apart, this is what another blogger, injipennu is undergoing right now. Injipennu of Ginger and Mango complained about photos being copied and has been subject to virtual abuse of the worst kind from the support people of that website. Read all the details about it here. She has been fighting them and I would like to express my support for her in this fight. I personally have not received any hate mails as yet but only since I haven't written to the great team there at Kerals.
They are behaving like street henchmen, called "goondas" in Hindi, threatening her, trying to set up fake websites and email addresses under Inji Pennus name, discrediting her and asking her to close her blog. Today it's her, tomorrow it could be any of us. So lets protest about it the way we can.. thru our posts. Publicize this as much as you can through your posts and words.