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To protect Copyright Privileges of Bloggers, To Document incidents of illegal content theft from Blogs.



Updated: 2017-09-29T16:57:22.690-07:00

 



Kerals.com – The new wave of plagiarism from blogs

2008-05-31T18:26:57.367-07:00

Blogger Saji noticed that a number of blog posts including his were used without permission by kerals.com and he notified kerals and put a post regarding this to notify others. There were around 300 blog posts that were copied without permission.Following this Anilshree put a post supporting Saji's findings to attract more attention to this major issue. Though none of AnilShree's posts were copied, he wanted to gather more support for this issue. Bloggers who found their content on kerals.com were outraged and as the first step, sent an email to Kerals.com.When informed that there was no response to Saji for 4 days, a support ticket was sent asking them to take down the contents or it will be reported to hosting provider or Google Adsense.To this a very rude abusive reply was shot back from their Director Mr. Shiv Kumar.Later an array of mails and threats, phising attempt, and even a forging email were followed from Chris, Ajay, POP, Shiv Kumar – all employees or owners of Kerals.com. Anilshree was too warned and threatened by kerals.com of consequences and was forced to take down his post.But most other bloggers stay put. Strangely, whoever complained was banned from accessing kerals.com site too, in order to conceal evidence of fraud.Bloggers complained to theplanet.com (copyright@theplanet.com), the hosting provider for Kerals.com and to Google Ad sense which clearly states they follow the DCMA guidelines and will not allow adsense on copied contents.Kerals.com started to realize things were getting serious and started to remove the content and informed a few bloggers about it.However they wanted (or rather ordered) to take down the posts of bloggers when the posts were removed. This is not necessary as blog like any other medium is protected under freedom of speech. When they were informed of posts were removed, bloggers put posts updating the status of their individual case.Even then, more bloggers received threats and in form of fake legal notices. Some emails even claim to have photographs (a clear case of cyber stalking) of bloggers and addresses. Have no idea what kerals.com is going to achieve with such kind of tricks which is going to land them up in more trouble.These are the bloggers posts whose contents were stolen and put posts on this Issue:1. Aravind2. Thulasi3. Valyammayi (Around 25 of her blog posts were lifted)4. Kannus5. Saji(Saji with screenshots)6. Peringodan7. Mayoora (Update)8. Satheesh KM9. AgrajanBloggers who are joining the protest as a good will gesture.10. Cibu 11. BlogBharti12. Njaan13. Daly14. Pramod15. Anchalkkaran16. Reshma17. Bhoomiputhri18. Inji PennuEmail header forging19. P.R20. Idangal21. I Report by MalayaliWhat do the Bloggers want?Most bloggers are satisfied with their content being taken off the site. They are not even asking for a public apology. Yet, the threats and harassment continues.Some bloggers are getting ready to sue the company for copyright infringement and cyber stalking and other harassment.Details about Kerals.com:Their whois records shows kerals.com is served from sreela.com a site for pornography.Their company registration address shows:Groups, AnashwaraAnashwara Groups LTD8564 Green ford ctSrinagar, 659874India565499874 Fax --Anashwara Groups - Suite 27, Nehru Park Way,Srinagar 190 001,Jammu & Kashmir, IndiaAnaswara Groups87a Topui Road Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir 65598, , INDIAPhone: 6659874556Anashwara group also owns malayalampadam.com a website with Illegal Malayalam movies, which was already caught once by the police.(More posts will be added as the issue continues. Please leave comments if you want your post to be added)[...]



FAQ - Copyright Violation by Yahoo

2007-03-31T14:01:54.756-07:00

A brief HistoryYahoo India launched a multi-lingual portal for seven of the Indian Languages. While browsing through the portal bloggers spotted around 8 instances of plagiarism by Yahoo! India. They were primarily poems, articles, recipes written in Malayalam copied to Yahoo! India's new Malayalam portal. Poems which another web magazine (Puzha.com) remunerated the authors and published it on their online magazine were copied into Yahoo's portal pages. Yahoo! India Portal had a copyright violation report page, with the Yahoo! Inc email and mailing address. After complaining to Yahoo! Inc, they redirected bloggers to Yahoo! India and Webdunia, causing the bloggers to run in circles. These games were played for about a month. Yahoo! India even denied any incident of plagiarism or copyright violation prior to March 5th Protest. However, as soon as the complaints were made, Yahoo deleted the copied content. But an acknowledgement or a proper apology was missing. Yahoo! India shared personal contact details of the bloggers who complained by emails, to a third party (WebDunia), without permission from bloggers. List of Evidence (updated periodically):2007-Mar-29: 1 instance of content theft, by which a photograph from India's leading National Newspaper "The Hindu". Picture from The Hindu. Yahoo stolen picture screen shot. 2007-Mar-29: 1 instance of content theft, by which a photograph from India's leading newsportal Rediff.com. Picture from Rediff.com. Yahoo stolen picture screen shot. 2007-Mar-29: 1 instance of content theft, by which a photograph from a very popular online recipe site bawarchi.com. Picture from bawarchi.com. Yahoo stolen picture screen shot. 2007-Mar-29: 1 instance of content theft, by which a photograph from an online recipe site, cuisinecuisine.com. Picture from cuisinecuisine.com. Yahoo stolen picture screen shot. 2007-Mar-29: 1 instance of content theft, by which a photograph from an online business site, Soghat.com. This picture had a watermark, Yahoo even copied the watermark. Picture from Soghat.com. Yahoo stolen picture screen shot. 2007-Mar-15: 1 instance of Hindi poem was stolen by Yahoo India without authors knowledge or permission. Article in Hindi. 2007-Mar-13: 1 (one) instance of content theft, by which a photograph from Sailu's Food was stolen by Yahoo India. Yahoo stolen picture screen shot. Yahoo India cropped this picture, and used it in a Gujarati Page elsewhere. 2007-Mar-13: 1 instance of content theft, by which a photograph from Saffron Hut was stolen by Yahoo India. Yahoo India cropped the picture and used it in a Hindi Page. Yahoo stolen picture screen shot.2007-Mar-13: 1 instance of content theft, by which a photograph from Shilpa's blog was lifted and used by Yahoo India on a Kannada Page. Yahoo stolen picture screen shot. 2007-Mar-13: 1 instance of content theft, by which this picture from Anita's post was cropped and used by Yahoo India to further "glorify" the theft from Kariveppila. 2007-Feb-05: Nalapachakam, chintha , moonnaamidam . Nalapachakam, entire blog was eaten up by Yahoo. Literature from Chintha and Moonamidam. Unfortunately, by the time people were notified, Yahoo removed the contents. 2007-Feb-05: 6 instances of content theft committed from Kariveppila blog. Post in Kariveppila blog. 2007-Feb-02: 1 instance of content theft committed, by which a poem from Puzha.com was stolen by Yahoo India. Post in Puzha.com (Thank you Valli from China, a non-blogger but an avid reader of Mahanandi, who brought forth many evidence for this post)How did bloggers expect Yahoo to handle the issue? A written apology from Yahoo to be sent to each blogger whose content was stolen (hereafter referred to as affected blogger). If a specific affected blogger demands monetary compensation for his/her work, Yahoo should honor that as well. If a settlement is reached between an affected blogger and Yahoo, the affected blogger should be allowed to make the details of settlement public if he or she chooses to do so. Such a settlement, if reached, between an affected bl[...]



Yahoo's Content Head Fired?

2007-03-22T22:27:20.054-07:00

Agencies and bloggers report that Yahoo's Head of Content Ajay Nambiar and Head of Entertainment Niyati Sen Gupta had left Yahoo! India. There have been conflicting reports about the resignation of these top Yahoo executives.

AgencyFAQs reports:
While both Yahoo! and Ajay Nambiar insisted that the recent departures had nothing to do with the content controversy, it’s no secret that the headquarters at Santa Clara (California) was seeking to upgrade content from India. In fact, the top brass at Yahoo! – including Nambiar – recently went to the global headquarters to discuss the issue.
Read complete story.

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Recipes are copyrightable in India

2007-03-22T22:28:24.042-07:00

Mrinalini Kochupillai with SPICY IP says "In India [...] there is no law [...] that prohibits copyright protection from being granted to recipes."
In Govindan v Gopalakrishna (1955 – case relating to compilation) (quoted in Burlington – discussed below), it was held that even if the amount of originality in a compilation is very small, the same is protected by law and no one can appropriate the result of another's brain, skill or labour even in such works. Arguably, if a small creative input in a compilation is copyrightable, a recipe, particularly original instructions in a recipe will certainly be copyrightable in India.
Read the complete story here:
Yahoo! In Hot Pickle



Yahoo! India Caught Plagiarizing... Again!

2007-03-21T18:38:32.902-07:00

Amit Agarwal at the Digital Inspiration reports that Yahoo! India hasn't stopped what they do best: plagiarizing blog posts.

In the lastest episode; Mr. Agarwal says:
For instance, this poem on Yahoo! website was written by Ramdarsh Mishra, a Delhi based poet. When contacted over phone by another blogger, Ramdarsh confirmed that neither Yahoo! nor WebDunia (Yahoo's content provider) had taken permission before publishing his work on Yahoo!'s website.

Dhur Virodhi, who is actively tracking the story, has listed several instances
where even the author names are missing from the poems published on Yahoo! Hindi website.
Read the complete story here.

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Instances of Content theft by Yahoo India

2007-03-15T04:51:47.253-07:00

6 instances of Content Theft they committed from Kariveppila blog. Sample screenshots below:1 (one) instance of Content Theft they committed, by which a poem from Puzha.com was stolen by Yahoo India. (Screnshots: Original Page and Stolen Page in Yahoo's Domain)1 (one) instance of Content Theft from Nalapachakaam, on Chicken 360.1 (one) instance of Content Theft, by which this picture from Anita's post was cropped and used by Yahoo India to further "glorify" the theft in item 1. (Screenshot below)1 (one) instance of Content Theft, by which a photograph from Shilpa's blog was lifted and used by Yahoo India on a Kannada Page. (Screenshot below)1 (one) instance of Content Theft, by which a photograph from Saffron Hut was stolen by Yahoo India. Yahoo India cropped the picture and used it in a Hindi Page. (Screenshot below) 1 (one) instance of Content Theft, by which a photograph from Sailu's Food was stolen by Yahoo India. Yahoo India cropped this picture, and used it in a Gujarati Page elsewhere. (Screenshot )[...]



Yahoo and Webdunia - The inside story!

2007-03-01T12:09:41.520-08:00

It is a little amusing, amazing and agonizing to see how the corporate world looks at the blogs and bloggers as silly little creatures which they can play with, manipulate and crush at their will.


As we know, on the issue of plagiarizing contents from Malayalam blog world to startup the so-called revolution of the language portals, Yahoo somehow still takes the 'That's not my kid' attitude. It has been a point-the-finger-at-him game all the way, where the bloggers were taken for a ride. We feel that it was an attempt to see if they can disorient the sense of direction among the blogging community. Despite Yahoo's stand on the issue being obscure, it was interesting to see the company called WebDunia, who claimed at that point of being the "content provider's " for the corporate giant(s), without being named anywhere, getting their back burned for this.


WebDunia scrambled and tried their ways, showing their faces from the happy to the sad to the bad, lest they could fail. Days flew by, the words flew by and the issue remained unscathed and colorful. A few of the blogger friends became scapegoats in the crossfire. It was a sad site to watch, where brothers and sisters standing against one another, fighting with the mighty words, whose wounds are hard to heal. On a glance, it may seem ironic that the corporate friends still made money as they used to do and the friends couldn't talk to each other anymore. Dabble they did in the chorus we sung, but the hand wasn't strong enough to slay the wave.

Bloggers appealed to the community for a protest on March 5th, and then from nowhere appears an email from WebDunia to some of our blogger friends 'inviting' them to take part in a 'discussion' on march second on a blog and not in the so called portal they run.

Is this a coincidence? The history makes us to believe the other way. Despise have we taken ever since, to believe in the good sense and it has taught us to look at their act in distrust. The more we ponder, the more the questions un-answered.

The question that needs an answer is,

"Why public, whilst the issue in question has not been settled among the parties?" The only reason we think off is to let the hands to try break the wave. We believe that WebDuniya and Yahoo are well aware of the power of blogger unity and the long term impacts it can make to their corporate future. They are desperate to get this movement to fail with the reputation at stake.

They may want to divert the attention of the bloggers by the age old British ploy – "Divide and rule". That's what they did when they tried the drama by employing the friends of the blog world to speak for them. That's what they did when they played the forcing game on people involved.

Why would it not be taken as another ploy of the same order this time? Why would we assume good faith, when the faith was stabbed to death by their deeds? Why invite a handful of bloggers, while it was appropriate put up an article in their own site and invite readers? There are a lot more whys and whats that seek eternity and reasonable answers.

It is an appeal to our friends who were hurt in the cross fire to stand together on one side of the line and lets set things right Once and for all! We were together, we should be together and we need to stand together arms-in-arms to move forward. I believe we have enough trouble in real life and wouldn't want to fight over.

Please Join us on March 5th to protest against Yahoo's plagiarism.



March 5th 2007 - Blog Event against Plagiarism!

2007-02-28T13:49:26.950-08:00

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Join us on March 5th against plagiarism from blogs. Event details here.

Jif Credits : ziya



Yahoo blames it on subcontractors when caught on plagiarism

2007-02-19T17:27:26.818-08:00

Finally Yahoo! India (someone at customer care, not an official) responded to our many emails stating:

The Malayalam story was provided to us by Webdunia.com (the content provider) on the express representation that they are duly authorized by the author of the story to publish it. In the circumstances therefore, we do not admit of any copyright violation, as alleged by you.

Although there is no copyright violation and without prejudice to our rights, the said story has been removed from our web site, to avoid any further controversy.Should you have any further concerns on copyright violations, please write in to copyright@webdunia.com and it will be addressed by the webdunia team.

Yahoo even denies that there was any copyright violation, even when they instantly removed it from their servers when caught. If there was no copyright violation, why would anyone care to remove it? Or are they claiming blogs do not have copyright laws?

Yahoo! India and their subcontractors are their concern, not us bloggers. By asking us to contact subcontractors is nothing but pure arrogance from this multinational corporation, giving no respect to the law and procedures existing in a country.

The content appeared on Yahoo‘s domain, not on Webdunia.com’s domain.
The content appeared on Yahoo’s portal, not on Webdunia.com’s portal.

Our aim is to get a response from Yahoo, acknowledging their mistake. Our fight will continue until then.



Yahoo! India commits plagiarism.

2007-02-14T14:43:14.450-08:00

On Feb 2, 2007 or so, Yahoo started a Malayalam Portal in Unicode Malayalam, and shortly thereafter, we noticed that contents were being lifted out of Malayalam blogs, contents that were copyrighted by each author.

Among the worst affected was Suryagayatri. At least 5 recipes from her Kariveppila Blog were taken, slightly modified (pictures, re-arrangement of sentences) and placed on Yahoo's Malayalam Portal.
(Ref: English Version of what happened, Screenshots of violation)

Yahoo India also took, without permission, contents from http://www.puzha.com/. Puzha.com maintains that they had bought the original content, which was then stolen by Yahoo India. (Ref: Puzha blog entry detailing this theft)

When we learned about the infringement and protested against it, Yahoo's content provider, Webdunia, removed the contents. So far, the blogger's efforts (and our collective efforts) to procure an official response from Yahoo have been in vain.

Yahoo.com directs us to Yahoo! India as they claim Yahoo India is a separate entity. Yahoo India on the other hand directs us back to Yahoo.com, making us run in circles with no clear response.

While we were researching Yahoo's content providers, we came across a provider, Webdunia (mentioned before). From our investigation, we found that they are the ones who collect information/features/articles to be posted on Yahoo India.

With the knowledge that we had made a formal complaint to Yahoo/Yahoo India, Webdunia came forward with vague options for remuneration as well as an apology from Webdunia and not from Yahoo India.

Suryagayathri has refused all offers because she/we believe that Yahoo is solely responsible for this mistake and should make a formal acknowledgment. In addition, Webdunia wanted us to quickly and quietly accept an offer so that they would not lose their contract with Yahoo India.

Our aim is to get a response from Yahoo, acknowledging their mistake.


- Malayalam Bloggers, (blogging in Unicode malayalam)



Yahoo! India violates copyrights!

2007-02-28T15:24:41.607-08:00

Yahoo! India, an Indian subsidiary of Yahoo! Corporation launched a new Malayalam (Indian Language) Portal recently. While browsing through the contents, couple of Malayalam bloggers were shocked to find their published content (blogs that were protected under Creative Common Licensing rights) were smoothly lifted and placed on Yahoo! India’s portal.Obviously, the bloggers were never contacted before this violation. A Malayalam recipe blog by blogger ‘Surgayathri’ had to suffer the major violation even though her blog is protected under Creative Common License. Other than Kariveppila blog, Yahoo! India stole contents from another web magazine (Puzha.com) too and from some other Malayalam bloggers.If one checks the Kariveppila blog, prima facie evidence shows this whole thing was done on purpose since it was not a simple copy paste.1. The pictures of the recipes were changed while using on the portal.2. Some of the paragraphs were moved down and up on the recipe3. Some sentences where structurally changed a little bit.Since this is a Malayalam blog, a translation of the contents is shown here in English for a wider audience:Six of her recipe posts were copied word by word. This is one of the example.Recipe name: Erunellikka (This is a gooseberry pickle)Recipe from Kariveppila post:As the first paragraph, she writes about a common Malayalam language idiom “There is an idiom which says, older people’s wisdom first it might be taste bitter, then it will taste sweeter. Gooseberry is one such thing which reminds us of that and gooseberry is full of Vitamin C and is very good for you health”Yahoo’s Recipe Post for Erunellikka:The first paragraph starts with the same lines.“There is an idiom which says, older people’s wisdom first it might be taste bitter, then it will taste sweeter. Gooseberry is one such thing which reminds us of that and gooseberry is full of Vitamin C and is very good for you health”Second paragraph, she mentions about how we can pickle gooseberry and or even eat it fresh. This is not there on Yahoo! India’s site. Instead they have listed the ingredients.Now, she writes how to make the pickle.She starts her sentence with “To make gooseberry pickle, wash the good gooseberries, take water in a vessel and boil the gooseberry thoroughly. It should be cooked well so we can remove the seed from inside. There is no need to cook it longer, only until the gooseberry turns soft. After it is cold, we can remove the seed inside.”Yahoo! India’s Recipe post for Erunelikka just copies that keeps as their third paragraph.From Yahoo! India’s Recipe post,“To make gooseberry pickle, wash the good gooseberries, take water in a vessel and boil the gooseberry thoroughly. It should be cooked well so we can remove the seed from inside. There is no need to cook it longer, only until the gooseberry turns soft. After it is cold, we can remove the seed inside.”Next she writes about, how to do the rest of the pickle making.She writes, “Take a saucepan and heat oil, sauté urad dal, then mustard, then red chilies whole, then sauté curry leaves, then add cooked gooseberry with salt. When the sautéed gooseberry becomes dry, add red chili powder and mix. Add asafotedia. If you are adding pickle powder instead of red chili powder, adding salt in lesser amount would be enough. No need to add asafotedia also then.”Yahoo! India copies this without a word missing and writes the same.“Take a saucepan and heat oil, sauté urad dal, then mustard, then red chilies whole, then sauté curry leaves, then add cooked gooseberry with salt. When the sautéed gooseberry becomes dry, add red chili powder and mix. Add asafotedia. If you are adding pickle powder instead of red chili powder, adding salt in lesser amount would be enough. No need to add[...]