Our mainstream print media is now making it a habit to steal images from Flickr or blogs and use it for free without leaving any proper credits to the original photographer. I have been tracking such incidents right from the day my picture had been stolen and used by a book publisher.
Here is a summary of copyright infringement in the recent past.
Haree had to face the same situation when Madhyamam (again) used one of his photos for an article of their supplement.
Hindustan Times stole a photo taken by Nita and published it in their newspaper without any due credits.
Twilight Fairy found out that her photo was used by Times of India and when contacted she got an arrogant response.
Seema also had to face the same where Times of India becomes the culprit once again.
The latest victim is Sreenidhi whose photo has been flicked off by Times of India.
This is such a bad situation that the mainstream print media houses are showing such ignorance towards image copyright. They need to be held responsible and dragged to courts. High time that we have stricter copyright laws.
(Image courtesy: Seema K K)