A week ago, I was shocked to see this page on a popular website. The photo of samosas which has been conveniently posted alongside the ‘Tikka Samosa’ recipe is mine and taken from this blog.It was posted under the title Chicken and corn samosa on July 9,2014.
What infuriated me was instead of giving due credit (forget being decent enough to link it), they mention the source as Chef Jalal Haider. Chef Jalal haider is a celebrity in his own right and definitely doesn’t need to borrow some one else’s work. So, I thought it must have been a mistake and mailed him……No response.
Then I posted a polite comment on the pages (the picture was published on two pages and garnered about 16000 views in all)…….No response.
I posted comments again and every time the comments got deleted.
If it was a personal blog, maybe I would have ignored it. But for God’s sake it is a popular website with scores of sponsors. The picture they are fooling the viewers and the sponsors with doesn’t even have the filling they claim it does.It has chicken and corn in it because it took me a day’s labor, planning,shopping,sweating it out in the kitchen,displaying it,photographing it, writing a post and finally publishing it. It may look like I am ranting on something so trivial but I am sure each and every one of my fellow food bloggers can feel the pain.
They still have the picture on two of their pages:
This is the image posted by me on July 9, 2014 on this blog:
I still have the table place mat and the serving basket:
The Solution to Picture Theft:
I was new to blogging then and did not know about the importance of water marking the pictures. But now I do.
Please watermark the pictures published by you. Make them as prominent as you can without making the photo look bad. After all it’s your hard work and you can’t let it get stolen from right under your nose.
Better late than never 😦