Seeing Double

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Update: The blog will be credited during the show’s re-run. Appreciate the prompt action NDTV; thank-you.

And YOU get a big fat Thank-You for the support. Really.

P.S: Comments on this post are now disabled. And again, thank-you all so much for your support.

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Remember this color story we did a couple of weeks ago? Turns out, you guys weren’t the only ones reading. NDTV Good Times’ ‘I’m Too Sexy All Access’ liked what they saw.

Imagine our surprise when we saw our images up on the show. Without any credit in sight of course. Or having cleared with us first.

Sure these images weren’t purchased by us (and so you may argue we may have no rights) but we painstakingly put ’em together from different runway shows and online retailers. Which means we created content and put it in context.

We’ve routinely heard of/seen ourselves channels blurring our watermarked images and using them on their shows (Zoom/Zing, we are looking at you) but damn, we thought this show was way classier than that.

Live and learn. You live and learn.

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31 COMMENTS

  1. So blatant! I am amazed at the feeling of impunity. And not just plagiarism from any obscure blog, but one of the India’s highest readership blogs at that. Amazement!




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    • Yeah well thats a bit hard because this blog itself lifts content (pictures) from other websites and they don’t pay for it and sometimes do not even properly credit stuff.
      While P and P can be pissed unfortunately its not really justified.




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      • Umm… We BUY our pictures from Viral Bhayani. The ones without any photo credit come from PR Companies that mail us event pictures. Rest carry a very clear ‘Photo Credit’. Sorry, we disagree with your well-meaning comment. Strongly.




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        • You may have created “content”. But you admit yourself that you took the pictures from elsewhere without crediting your source. Hello Pot! this is kettle. You are black!




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        • Priyanka, I think you should first get a Creative Commons license and post it on your blog. (After tweaking it for your region/target etc). Just check out the Creative Commons website. It’s free and it’s about intellectual property rights. IMPORTANT !!

          Then you should contact the NDTV team (email better for tracking & accountability). Call them up too if you like.

          I’m not sure how twitter works but you could tweet about it (I’m sure a blog/tweet such as your’s carries some weight and ppl would notice)

          Finally, maybe talk to other news sources so they can talk about how NDTV used your content without any mention/permission. I’m sure competitors talking about them would get their attention.. ?

          p.s. I like youblog mainly for the fashion but also because you don’t poke fun at the wearers for their physique. It’s more about the clothes. Unlike other blogs that tear them apart for “chubbiness” (NDTV especially, hate their snarky taglines)




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        • ummm…..sure a lot of your pictures are bought. However the above have not been bought and sure you credited them but even in THIS case you have credited some with “this” and “this” with links to the blogs. One could easily argue those are not actual credits.

          Anyway credit must be given for putting together pictures together from various sources and writing a few sentences because clearly NDTV ‘s transgressions are equivalent to the fakes on Canal street.




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          • I think you guys should be really proud of the fact that channels find your so called content good enough to broadcast it on national TV.

            On the other hand someone needs to be fired at NDTV for being so lazy for NOT providing original content versus sourcing content from a blog. Before peeps go into a frenzy about blogs being legit sources it really depends….this isn’t exactly robertreich.org (Although I am sure P and P disagree since this is their baby. So apologies for my slightly strong comments ;-))




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  2. It sucks that Intellectual Property Rights has such a poor standing in India. As ubiquitous as stealing songs and movie plots is, it is disturbing that media who is responsible for unravelling the truth and ensuring fairness would do something like this. Can’t you let your voice be heard somehow ?




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  3. Indian media is pathetic in this regard. They steal content, blatantly copy full articles and interviews, make up fake quotes, and take comments out of context to spice up stories. It’s the land of yellow journalism.




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  4. Yes I think you should charge them for it or at least shoot off a strongly worded letter. As a fellow writer/blogger I feel your pain.




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  5. WHAT were the producers and channel guys THINKING?!!! or maybe not thinking at all! is the cash crunch at KF to be blamed?!
    to P&P…just in case you ladies decide to pursue this case…ALL THE BEST to you!




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  6. Sue ’em! Its not like they’ve not a got a team of fashion journalists working on their shows! And regardless of whether they do or not, PLAGIARISM is WRONG! Besides, the trend in question is a micro-trend, and not one of those generically spotted trends like ‘Florals for Spring’, its something you guys have spotted and researched on, and put out their in the public as an authority on fashion. Also being a fashion journalist myself, I see no plausible reason as to why they couldn’t have credited you, except for wantong to look smarter than they actually are. Its just Wrong, and they should at least issue a public apology!




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  7. I really think you should publicize this matter on a larger level and drag them to their knees. They don’t just owe you credit and compensation, but an apology as well. That too on the same show. Take this very seriously and do not let them get away with it. As a lawyer myself, I believe you have strong remedies against this blatant plagiarism. Use them.




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  8. P &P, what about spilling the beans on their facebook page? Spewing venom on their website? Or sending a note to their rival channel. You MUST, must must take action. This plagiarism juggernaut has to STOP!




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  9. I first that that NDTV can say that they combined these images together. But well, they could atleast have tried varying the arrangement a little.
    Have a really bad impression of this channel and the program. More people should know about it.




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  10. Hey Payal & Priyanka :)

    This is just sad. You should definitely contact them and let them know that this is not done, because they may continue this in the future. They’ve not only offended you, but us being your fans, have been offended as well.

    But who knows, apparently they are following your blog, so they might as well will come accross this post. Hopefully.

    Cheers,
    nida




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  11. Well, its a case of blurred lines really. WE in India, do not know the fine line between copying and stealing, or for that matter the fine line between giving credit where its due and otherwise. Having said that, this story of green was carried by Harpers Bazaar UK addition in Dec.. I know, I picked it up in UK.




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    • Sure! Am sure many covered the ‘Green’ trend! And I don’t doubt the fact that some did way before us. That part isn’t the biggie. The fact that they just chose to use our pictures is.




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  12. This is absolutely ridiculous. How can they lift stuff off a site with no credit? Don’t let this slide P&P. Plagiarism is WRONG, and the channel (or at any rate, the team that runs this show) need a lesson.




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  13. This is just cheap. Such a huge chanel and so lazy to even seek permission. Unfortunately, although wrong, this goes on across the board online. I used to have a food/cooking blog and was horrified to see my recipes and pictures lifted by other bloggers quite blatantly. I can somehow justify recipes but pictures? I know how it feels. As others have suggested, let them know. If theyre stubborn we can all sign something or make a lot of noise. At the very least, its just rude.




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  14. I’m not sure about the validity of the legal action that you guys can take, but Im sure that the readership that your blog has garnered gives you an authority to write to someone at the channel or infact even a column at newspaper/mag to draw their attention to the fact that they should stop insulting everyone’s intelligence.

    Even if this is whats being discussed in most international fashion portals, you guys made an effort to produce an independent article and the least they could’ve done is attributed the work to you and made sure that your blog shares the credit as well! :)




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  15. Holly ho! That’s really sad.. As in even when I did my assignments by cut pasting, I ensured that sequence is changed and it’s not from one single source and it has my additional inputs.

    This on the other hand is complete cut, paste and no credits either. So I might not be the most ethical person, these guys seem to be worst…




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  16. Use twitter to embarrass these guys. If you can get any Bollywood celebrity to re-tweet your tweet, if you would get lot more visibility.




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  17. Absolutely apalled!! Can’t believe ndtv is silly enough to do something like this. Not only have they plagiarized but they have been stupid enough to do it off one of the most popular fashion websites in India like they’d get away with it!!
    Have no idea about how far you can take this legally but you should def name n shame them. The world is a small place now really, due to the Internet..and word spreads like fire here! So def contact some rival news channel n get the story out.




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  18. The Style team of Im too Sexy for my shoes apologizes to Highheelconfidential.com for not providing due credit on the show. Due credits will be provided for repeats of the episode.

    Apologies for the mess up. Truly Sorry.




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