Friday, September 05, 2008

Walking into Autumn...

...there is no Autumn in Bangalore.
* there are trees with falling leaves.
* the air smells lovely.
* sunlight warms some beautiful corners in my home.
* the beginning of festivals.
* a stillness in the air.
* anticipations of new things.
* body is dragged out of a cosy bed.
* mind is bursting with ideas.
* learning about Autumn with my daughter.
* loving a season in transition.
* isn't it a season for hibernation?

*UPDATE~Taking a break from the internet, but will be checking my mails so feel free to write in;-)
Enjoy the season everyone. See you later.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Think before you upload...

...because reputed publishing houses like Hindustan Times will not even think twice before stealing your copyrighted photographs.

Some of you might recall, last year my husband had made an Eco-friendly Ganesha for Ganesh Chaturthi, which had been uploaded to Flickr and last Friday one of my Flickr friends noticed the photograph in Mumbai edition of HT Cafe and informed me.

It is shocking to see such an unethical and unprofessional behaviour from a reputed daily. I also realised that lately a lot of such incidences are coming into light.

They have stolen my image and I am taking legal action against them!

That is one part of the whole issue. How does one stop this from happening time and again?
* Spread the message to stop copyright violation. (If you are a blogger, it makes it easier)
* Do watermark your images.(Might help to some extent)
* Join hands with organisation fighting for this cause.( Will keep you updated on this)
If you are a Flickrite, please don't upload high resolution images.

P.S. Some of Mallika's images have also been stolen and used in networking sites like Orkut. I have made most of my blogs for invited reader's only.
Sorry about this, but this just seems like the right thing to do at this stage.

Stay safe and protect your images.