Thursday, 28 January 2010

Stolen



One of you readers informed me on this blog a few weeks back that one of my paintings have been used for a book cover. I had no idea and initially thought this might have been a confusion. However, more confirmations from the reader(s) and subsequent googling led to us finding this:

book_cover
The book is called ''That Calcutta Those Bongs'' by
the very well known publishing house Rupa Publications.
All my work is protected by a Creative Commons License
that is mentioned right on top of the blog.
Any use of my images without an authorization from me is not permissible.
Anyway, a result of this unfortunate and unnecessary development means that I will be watermarking all my work from now on....
something that I really dislike doing.
I will be writing to Rupa & Co. about this and post updates for you.
A BIG thank you to all of you readers who informed me about this.
What would I do without you guys?!

23 comments:

Nirja said...

Thats so not cool!!
hope it all works out and they learn their lesson.

Once Upon A Tea Time said...

That is terrible. Keep us posted about the developments and if we can help in any way.

Parv Kaushik said...

i'm all for free culture but this was terrible.. do keep us informed of the status of your case and let us know if we could be of any help.

Trishna said...

Ohh what a shame!I started following you blog recently and love it..:)
Keep us updated about the developments.

Veda Murthy said...

That is so unfortunate!!!!!

Megha Chhatbar said...

This is really disgusting! Do keep us posted about what was the results and besides all this, your paintings are exceptionally beautiful! :)

Free Hand Madhubani Painting

the black purl said...

That's terrible! Such lovely work shouldn't be tarnished with theft. Good luck working this out :)

~mE said...

Oops i have a copy of this book..when i saw the cover u were on my mind..But never realised its was your work !!

Suman Chandra said...

This is really terrible. You must take action against this.

perplexed said...

Yikes!!!! that is so not cool!!

Jaya said...

Dithi,
Even I hate to put copyright mark on every snaps that i upload, but we have no option ...and this is ridiculous and so insensible! hope you sort it it out soon..
hugs and smiles

Bong Mom said...

That is really ridiculous. Hope you sort this out and if you need us bloggers' help, Please let us know

Bijayashree said...

hey dithi..
I am really shocked rather angry on this kind of ridiculous thing...i dont thing dat there is any ethics left in the creative field now....but i do strongly believe that there should be a campaign against this...
bijayashree

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

Oh my God.Thts not good.We keep writing ,its copyright and all rights reserved ,but it happens this way.I hope u sort it out and get credits for yourself.

Dithi said...

Thank you all for this support, really motivates me to follow up on this and take action. I will keep you all posted on the developments, currently my lawyers in India are taking a look at the case. Big hug to each one of you for taking time out and standing by me on this.

Avin said...

On the brighter side only invaluable things are subjected for stealing and one who has stolen definitely knows the value of it.The person who stole got to be someone with good artistic sense and poor morale.Good and bad always coexists ironically.

deepazartz said...

Thats too bad!!! Hope you sort this out soon...You Go Girl!!!

Parv Kaushik said...

i saw this book at the world book fair at a stall and stacks and stacks of it... i could definitely make out your art.. this is stealing please do take action and inform us of the status.. all my wishes are with you.

pink dogwood said...

Thats horrible - They need to give you part of the book royalties.

Rupa said...

Dee, you have handled this so gracefully. I think watermark will be one step to prevent such plagiarism in the future. But...legal action will be fully justifed and I hope you take that route just to show that you will not take this sitting down. They owe you an apology and financial remuneration from the sale of these books. I know you wouldn't sue them for money but you have earned that money girl!

vineeta said...

It is disgusting to say the least. All the best for the legal proceedings!

O. M. said...

I am reading this book now and i picked it up only for its cover design.


I love your paintings!!!

Ann said...

Oh dear, how awful. Kudos to the reader that alerted you. Imagine all these pics on the internet being stolen and re-used, makes you shudder....

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