Monday, February 19, 2007

Remove Plagiarism

Plagiarism -- much has been said about it and I am not going to reiterate.

But it hurts to see when the content and the pictures we so lovingly create and put up being stolen and used. Most of us bloggers, blog to vent their creativity, they find it as a channel to showcase their passion, to share what they love doing with million others.
We all know that Internet is open and we were always aware that our work could be used by others, after all we all use free icons, free javascrips, free information. But we do that only when it says that is for "FREE". We do not abuse the free availability of this information (though there are people who do so)

However when we bloggers want to protect our content and we state that explicitly in the copyright statements all we expect is the user to use that information but not to lift it straight off our web page. We want them to post a request in the numerous comments that we have, to ask our permission, to use the content if permission is given and in the manner the owner says and last but not the least to give due credits. This is not much to ask for, after all we are entitled to our creative copyrights.

If large organizations like Yahoo do not behave responsibly and lift contents as stated here, we can not expect much from small independent sites like etc. It would not do Yahoo much good if they rise up one morning to see an exact replica of their portal with their Logo, Design and Content stolen, right ? And that's why they have lawyers drawing up statements like
"Yahoo! respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. Yahoo! may, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, terminate the accounts of users who infringe the intellectual property rights of others. "

So why don't they practice what they preach ? Boo to Yahoo and join us on March 5th


  1. Excellent! Loved your artwork! Loved it!

  2. Sandeepa,
    I think you can just change the date and republish this on March 5th.

    Can I give a link to gif of yours for people who want a logo, with credits to you?

  3. Inji

    I will upload the image in "PhotoBucket" and give you the link. Don't give the blogger link
    Shall do by today evening

  4. Sandeepa,
    That was a lovely write up gal. I guess its really hard for them to practice what they preach isn't it. When I contacted blogger help and support and so many others regarding the plagiarism none of them even bothered to reply and finally after a long long time I get a reply from them saying-- Hello,

    Thank you for your note. Please note that Blogger is a provider of content
    creation tools, not a mediator of that content. We allow our users to
    create blogs, but we don't make any claims about the content of these
    pages. We strongly believe in freedom of expression, even if a blog
    contains unappealing or distasteful content or presents unpopular
    viewpoints. We realize this may be frustrating and we regret any anxiety
    or inconvenience this may cause you. In cases where contact information
    for the author is listed on the page, we recommend you working directly
    with this person to have the content in question removed or changed.

    In cases where the author is anonymous, please note that in accordance with US state and federal law, it is Blogger's policy to only provide a user's contact information pursuant to a valid third party subpoena or
    other appropriate legal process.

    The Blogger Team.

    Anyways gone is gone and now is the time for us to all try and do something.


  5. Good work sandeepa! Like the logo:)

  6. hi sandeepa
    lovely write up about plagiarism.the picture is so good..

  7. Sandeepa,
    Loved your article and logo. I have a question. How are we going to protest on March 5th?

  8. Sandeepa, I got the icon. Thank you so much.

  9. Nice write up Sandeepa. And logo too. The mass protest should have an effect!

  10. Thanks to all of you and it would be nice if you could all have a post too

    Check Ginger & Mango's blog for more information

    Yeah I don't think Blogger or Google would do anything. But I think the blog AndhraMirchy shows no posts any more, have they changed names?

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  12. Hear Hear....! Well Said Sandeepa.

    You have my support.


  13. Nice writeup. Will definitel support...nice logo too.

  14. Ts, Sri

    The humor is lost on me. What was that ?

  15. HUH!!!! whats happenning on blogosphere???!!!! I am surely missing it..... Count me in guys!!!! I will do my part as well!!!!


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