(Icon credits – Sandeepa of Bong Mom’s cook)
I’ve posted about this before on Aayi’s Recipes. But this post is here to support the drive to stop plagiarism in the blogging world.
Why did I start blogging? It was because I wanted to save the traditional Konkani as well as other recipes which I keep trying. We all bloggers give a lot of time to blogging because we think many food enthusiasts can get benefited from this knowledge sharing. But what happens when we see someone lifting contents of our blogs and don’t have the courtesy of saying thanks or crediting the source. Just think for a moment about someone coming into your garden and taking your favorite flower without even bothering to ask you. It would not be encouraging or supportive of all the work and time you had devoted for your garden. Same is true for the beautiful knowledge sharing medium – blogging.
Last time when I wrote a post about someone lifting my contents, there were comments that suggested that the traditional recipes can’t be copyrighted. I agree that these recipes cannot be copyrighted, someone else can have the same recipe on their blog, but is it possible for two people to write the exact same text? Is it possible for two people to take exact same picture? It might be possible that they didn’t know about copyright issues or that copying on the web isn’t encouraged. Fine, but the question is what did they do when they come to know? Did they had the courtesy of apologizing? No..
This was just a blog, but what if the same thing is done by giants like Yahoo!? what would they do if we copied their content? Would they keep quiet? Is it okay for them if we say one of my friend gave me this content, so this is not my responsibility?
Background for this post : Yahoo! India’s Malayalam portal lifted contents from a blog by Surya Gayatri. When she complained about it, they removed the contents silently without even apologizing. They blamed it on WebDunia who is the content provider for them. So all the bloggers have come together and are protesting against yahoo! in an event organised by InjiPennu.
Please let us know what you think and support the drive to stop plagiarism.