A couple of days ago, a colleague sent us a link to an article entitled “Un chauffeur de TBS qui ne cesse de cracher par la fenêtre”. While everyone else was laughing at the article, my attention was immediately caught by the picture used by Defimedia on this same article.
Wait… That picture of the bus – it says something to me!
I TOOK THAT PICTURE!
Yes! To be sure, I googled “TBS yashvin” (That’s the advantage of being wonderfully indexed by search engines) and I got the link to my article, written back in 2008, with the same image:
Oh god, I have such a good memory!
I agree that I did not put my watermark on my images at that time but that does not mean that you can use whatever pictures you get on the web and get them published anywhere, especially on an official web site of a newspaper group. On top of that, you don’t even acknowledge/credit the source of the original image.
Defimedia, it’s time that you start practicing good practice. Stop stealing pictures to start with. And shoot better composed shots. The one below featured in one of their articles. I let you guess what the dog was doing at the shooting time:
A previous incident involving radioplus
At one point of time, an employee of RadioPlus (member of defimedia) even downloaded one of my youtube videos and uploaded it again on RadioPlus’ Official web site. After making some noise, he removed the video and asked for forgiveness.
So, that’s confirmed that ethics and defimedia group do not go along very well.
Coming back to this article, ethics mean a lot in this world. And as a media group, I “assume” that there are journalists, news editors and people reviewing articles before the official publication. It is a shame that a blogger, without any training or professional support has to point out such ethical issues to a media group. Now just imagine, how many pictures published by the group have been used without the authorization of the concerned people!
I would like to have some legal advice on this matter, anyone? And what if they published it on a newspaper instead on just their site? (Note: It is without doubt that they might pull down the picture after knowing the facts).
The following mail was sent on the 24th November 2012 after publishing my article. The recipients are the
- Director -Ehshan Kodarbux(firstname.lastname@example.org),
- Editor – Manouraj Gungea (email@example.com),
- Publications Coordinating Editor – Teddy Pierre (firstname.lastname@example.org),
- Webmaster – email@example.com
On 26th November 2012, I noticed that the pictures were changed, without any official response from defimedia following my complaint (above). I then mailed back the same persons with the following text:
First mail received on 27th November 2012
And a last mail for the day: