Referral links are a godsend.Without them, I wouldn’t have been aware of this in the first place, and of course, Google, the patron saint of Search. First it was the handiwork of a gentleman who had blatantly cut, copied and pasted entries from the Chitrashala Category (which was the easiest, when I thought about it, for a wiki page on the subject). Wikipedia was quick to take action against copyright violations brought to its attention. The gentleman was already flagged for multiple copyright violations in textual as well as pictorial content. They went ahead and banned him from Wikipedia.
It calls itself MetroFocus for reasons known to it best, focusing on Malayalam Cinema, and as far as I can see, with stuff stolen from this very blog.
The blogger, on last count, has ripped 11 posts from this blog and passed off as his/her own. The rest have been from the Cinema of Malayalam website, and the latest entry is cut-pasted from metromatinee.com.
I went ahead and wrote in to the owner of MetroFocus ( as him/her wasn’t generous enough to have an About Me page that describes the owner and the purpose of the blog) as a comment on a post, requesting to remove the contents immediately. Nothing has happened, as expected. Maybe any publicity is good publicity. I flagged the blog on grounds of copyright violation to Google, the owner of Blogspot, citing post links from this blog to substantiate my case. I donot expect any miracles, knowing Google in this business.
What hurts me is the callousness that drives ‘escalator-junkies’ like this, or the petty thieves of content who are the cyber equivalent of parasites in the physical domain, feeding off on someone else’s blood. Every single word in this blog is a labor of love, driven by passion for an artform that has overwhelmed me with its profound power to touch and move one’s soul. I go that extra mile to ensure waht I write, my perspectives and views have atleast a foundation based on verified facts or ones that can be substantiated with reasonable accuracy based on related facts. Of course, the videos shared are the ones available in the public domain, uploaded by others who chose to put it out there at the risk of copyright infringement, and I have been very vocal in expressing my willingness in removing any file shared here, at the request of the original copyright owner. The telegraph wires have been quiet till now.
So, it really hurts, when someone passes off your labor of love in words as their own, and garner ill-placed recognition for the efforts that you worked for.
It isn’t fair, it isn’t right, hell, it ain’t what civilized people do !
I wait and watch as to what Google is going to do next – knock off the blog or simply chuck my note to them with disdain, to the cyber dustbin.
As an equally passionate soul on Malayalam Cinema, what would you do, in my place, dear Reader?
Addendum (29 Aug 2011)
Was amused to find a small courtesy credit note in a recent article copy-pasted at Metrofocus from the English edition of manoramaonline.com, offering “Thanks to Manorama News“. So, the petty thief IS darn scared of the Big Boys who will hound him to Hell and then decimate him. So he knows!