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If magazines start “borrowing” ideas from blogs

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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 :)