Hindustan Times, a national newspaper no less, seems to be completely ignorant of the concept of Intellectual Property Rights. Or maybe they don’t care. In today’s edition (or maybe yesterday, I have no idea), it published a photograph that is stolen from Nita’s blog. It was first published on a post titled, “Impact of coaching classes on a nation’s psyche”, on her blog. I say stolen, because they have not bothered to acknowledge the source, nor have they paid her for the use of the photograph. Let me say this, the little regard I had for our “national” media is now gone. They have no business being in the field if they cannot respect other people’s intellectual rights. This stealing is in clear violation of the Creative Commons license under which most bloggers publish their work. We blog because we like to. We receive little or no money for the work we do, and yet we do it because we love to do it. That a reputed newspaper can behave in such a petty manner disgusts me to no end. If you are reading this, do what you can to register your protest against this violation of rights by Hindustan Times.
Hindustan Times doesn’t seem to understand Intellectual Property