A Picture of Mine in Brunch but without Any Credit to Me
The Picture of Mine which Appeared in Brunch (epaper here) after Cropping out (c) Mridula D that you can see at the Bottom Left
Update 17 (20/12/2009): From the issue of Brunch of 20/12/2009- In the Brunch issue of 6th December, we published a picture of a cup of coffee by Mridula Dwivedi without giving her due credit for the same. We apologise for the mistake.
I consider the matter closed now. I think both the parties will not like to see a cup of coffee for a long period of time!
Update 16 (18/12/2009): I am expecting to see the correction on Sunday (20/12/2009) maybe in 8 font size!
But even then I am looking forward to it.
Update 15 (15/12/2009): If you see update 6 I had used Ask Vir page to ask Mr. Sanghvi’s opinion on this issue. To my surprise Mr. Sanghvi has replied. And he considers it a legal issue between me and Hindustan Times and hence does not want to get involved.
Update 14 (13/12/2009): On second thoughts let me see the corrections in print and then I would make this post un-sticky. I do not like to see this post first thing on my blog but then if I have come this far, a few more days are not going to hurt.
Update 13: (12/12/2009) I went and met the editor. Things have been discussed to my satisfaction completely. I think they will get implemented too. By Monday I will make this post unsticky. Thank you all for your support.
Update 12: (11/12/2009) I am meeting a Brunch representative tomorrow. I am going with an open mind but with open options too. I will put an update as soon as possible after it.
Update 11: (11/12/2009) If I get a phone call from their side I would try my best to meet them tomorrow. I have to say for the editor that when I was asking a lot of questions, she gave me her cell number. I have given her mine, so that she could call at her convenience. After all, her schedule could be more unpredictable than mine. If only they had treated me this way when the incident started. Even now there is feet dragging (at least it feels like that to me) but slightly better communication than before.
But by no means I am anxious to settle on any terms. I am quite prepared to make this long drawn unless I feel I am treated fairly.
Update 10: (10/12/2009) Anyone who knows how media corrects their mistakes in press when they are not unintentional? Any examples?
Update 9: (9/12/2009, night)In a surprise move in her most recent mail the editor of Brunch asks to meet me! I am still going to be very careful. And more so, I commute so much that I have to carefully think which day to meet.
Added a little later- I have not responded to that email yet but I will for sure do. I need to sleep over the matter and I think I have earned it. If this was the first response my delay might look like rude but after all this I need to take time.
Update 8: (9/12/2009, evening) I heard from Brunch again after @sidin from twitter intervened. But the higher ups still want to say in the correction at Brunch (on 13th) that the mistake was unintentional. So if you see that in Brunch don’t believe it. They cropped out (c) Mridula D from this image.
Then they want to pay me purchase rates for the photo! Funny as if they had purchased it. I have rejected both the offers.
Now this is going to be long drawn. I am going to start blogging normally and the posts will appear below this post. Have some patience with me.
I have to figure out what is a good way to fight out in the long run, but I am going to do that for sure.
You will find a lot more on this at @mridulad on Twitter.
Update 7 (9/12/2009): I am making this post sticky till 20 December 2010. Let us see who blinks first.
Update 6 (9/12/2009) Mr. Vir Sanghvi has a Ask Vir page on his website. I typed this rather long question relating to plagiarized photo above (but I have very sincere doubts of it has any meaning for Brunch/HT) only to be told at the end that I can use only 750 characters. Well my question within 750 characters is-
Brunch plagiarized a picture mine on December 6, 2009. When I wrote to the Brunch editor, Poonam Saxena she agreed that the picture is mine. The picture had a clear (c) Mridula D with it which was cropped out by Brunch. She says it is an “inadvertent mistake and I do apologise for that.” How can cropping out (c) Mridula D be inadvertent? I am told that the penalty can be in the range of 2.5 lakhs as compensation and 4 months in jail. And she is not even willing to discuss the compensation amount with me http://www.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2009/12/picture-of-mine-in-brunch-but-without.html I am using @virsanghvi on every tweet on this issue. I wonder if the social media clues would get noticed at HT or not.
Obviously the question is being sent to admin for approval! I am sure he never gets to see it, much less address it.
Update 5 (9/12/2009): Search for @virsanghvi at Twitter. But then he follows no one and maybe he uses it as a broadcast medium only and never even searches for @virsanghvi!
Update 4: (8/12/2009) I have started using @virsanghvi at Twitter let us see if he has time to follow a case of plagiarism of his Brunch or if he is too busy to bother with trivial things like plagiarism. And as I said if need be
I will continue for an year or whatever it takes to get adequate acknowledgement and compensation.
Update 3: (8/12/2009) I got a mail from the editor today evening asking for my postal address as they wish to send compensation. The only problem is they have not discussed the amount of peanuts they wish to send me. And I am not willing to negotiate till they ask my price. They make me feel like I am in the wrong.
Update 2: (8/12/2009) I was at Twitter but just merely so. Today I realized how fast things spread there!
Update 1: (8/12/2009) Nothing new to report for today morning! I hope they are not treating the matter as closed.
You can look at the same image in Brunch (E-paper here) Hindustan Times Sunday (December 6, 2009) Supplement without any credit to me and image has been cropped to take out my copyright. I am not amused. I had posted this image originally here.
On Sunday we get a lot of newspapers. Hindustan Times is one of them. I was flipping through Brunch and then I had a feeling of Deja Vu. I started laughing and said the same thing to Sesha- this is my picture. This time he didn’t tell me it could be ia generic photograph. If you hold a copy of the Brunch you would find that the foam in the coffee is pixel by pixel same, the image above and the image on page 12 of Brunch of December 6, 2009.
I have written to the author of the column. And I got a reply from her, as expected she said she has no role in selection of pictures.
I have written to the editor of Brunch Ms. Poonam Saxena now. By evening she replied agreeing that there has been a mistake because copyright issues were not clear and they are willing to issue a correction and talk about compensation. I strongly disagree.
But I strongly disagree with the statement that copyright issue was not clearly mentioned. Google search is not anything in itself, it lists images posted by others and carries a notice next to it saying “images may be subject to copyright.” Secondly of you click on my image it carries additional copyright (c) Mridula D.
I started putting (c) Mridula D after one of my other images was picked up by an in-flight magazine with a credit to someone else. What more clarity is needed?
So I do not agree that the behavior was unintentional. Let us see how this pans out in the end. I am much more incensed this time than I was when it happened for the first time with the in flight magazine.
In the meanwhile I am making this post sticky.
P.S. The picture above mine in the article (of sarson ka saag) can be found at Flickr. I hope Ravi has been luckier than me and his picture has been used with permission.
PPS. Mint (Under Hindustan Times Umbrella) had done an article on plagiarism earlier.
Original Post Ends Here
Other cases of Hindustan Times Plagiarism of Blogger Pictures.