If magazines start “borrowing” ideas from blogs

Alright, let me be frank. I cannot speak kannada though I have been married to N for almost 5 years. So,when I was in Bangalore this summer, I got some tamil magazines to read for travel. Little did I know that I was in for a surprise.

One of the leading magazines in Tamilnadu-Kumudam Snegithi(meaning Friends) had a tip about cooking Bittergourd and I felt that the picture looked quiet familiar. What do you know, after all it was “borrowed” from my blog without even asking me, and I was wondering where my copyright declaration went to which is written straight across the photo. (Issue dated August 16-31, page 58)

The original photo link from my blog is here.

I would have not known about this if I was still living here in the US. I felt that it was a good thing, as N keeps making fun of the photos I take and if magazines feel that the photos were good enough to publish, then obviously the quality of my photos are better that I thought, right?

What more can I say, here I am sitting and acquiring copyright protections, x, y and z’s and someone somewhere, that too a magazine does not even bother to look at it. Or may be is there a chance that two photos can look alike so much???I don’t know!!

I am not sure if mine is the first case, but I have heard many stories from fellow bloggers about plagiarism. All I can do now is take a deep breath and say-wow I do have stuff worth copying :)

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8 Comments to “If magazines start “borrowing” ideas from blogs”

  1. Sonia says:

    It is extremely common Sou. They don’t value someone else’s work. There are some food forums on FB, blatantly copy pasting stuff from an online site ! No source credit …..

  2. nithu bala says:

    Dear, you are not the first one affected by Kumudam Snegiti…Even my Beetroot Halwa picture and the recipe was published in one of the july issues. I sent them mails after mails but they didn’t respond to anything. I think, we bloggers who were affected by this magazine should join hands..what say?

  3. PJ says:

    That’s such a mean thing to do. Reputed magazines like these ‘steal’ the hard work we put in. Did you write to them about your picture being published without your persmission?

  4. ruchikacook says:

    Sonia- what can we say, hope these people change..
    PJ- No use, nothing is going to happen..
    Nithu- I am sending you a mail :)

  5. Yes dear, even I keep hearing about this. So sorry that it happened with you. I guess, you should contact the publishing house and ask them for an explanation or give you credits for this.

  6. Cham says:

    Two years back, I discovered my pict in Aval vikatan (recipe booklet) that was just heart breaking seeing the picture without credit. I couldn’t do anything at that time.
    How is the kutti?

  7. Cilantro says:

    I had the same experience when I chanced upon a magazine while in India. It is a Tamil Magazine and I too felt happy like you that my pic is worth copying. I have the book with me though to show my friends that my pic was copied. Hmmm not much can be done I guess…

  8. viswa says:

    I posted news of a similar attempt to kumudham online site. I urge everyone to do the same.


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