11 June, 2008

Enough is Enough!

I am afraid to leave my yard; I will never feel the same. I will never be the same"
-Kathy Sierra, a victim of cyber stalking and cyber bullying


Now it’s a fellow food blogger who has become another victim of Cyber Stalking and Bullying. It is Inji Pennu of Ginger & Mango and what she had to go through for raising her voice against plagiarism is nothing less than a horror movie story! I was shell shocked when I read her post. To steal content from a blogger is one thing and then threaten them bodily harm is really creepy!

First these people steal vast majority of posts from Malayalam blogs and bloggers and publish them in their revenue generating ‘respected’ website. When Inji informed them of their misdoing what you get from them? No apology but harassment and stalking through hard-to-believe e-mails. And they even went to the extent of ‘teaching her a lesson’ by creating her fake id at some x-rated websites. Whole thing gets worst when they threaten to ‘track her down’ and ‘fine and prosecute her’ for putting down their so-called ‘respected’ website.


(Image Source: Media Watch Blog)

Unbelievable? But this is a true story and what Inji has to go through is a complete nightmare for many of us. If you think Protest against Yahoo was worst then this is one pure hell what Inji is enduring.

If you want to do something about it, do not tolerate the kind of abuse that includes threats or even suggestions of violence (especially sexual violence). Do not put these people on a pedestal. Do not let them get away with calling this "social commentary", "protected speech", or simply "criticism"
-Kathy Sierra


Bloggers like Inji deserve all the support because she dared to fight and least we can do is write about it in our blogs and spread news. Today its Inji who has become a target for cyber stalking and bullying and tomorrow it can be anyone of us. I believe in raising my voice against such deceitful acts than acting as if it’s none of my business. I take it as my business to because I value my freedom of speech. I raise my voice by joining the protest against plagiarism, cyber bullying and cyber stalking by websites, news papers and magazines that lifts the content from bloggers without their permission and then bully them for speaking up.

Check these two blogs dedicated to fighting copyright violations for more information. Read updates at Inji's blog.

12 comments :

  1. I read a little bit about what was going on. Hope everything ends well.

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  2. I agree! It's terrible what some people do without any shame or respect.
    I saw one of my eggplant dish photo in one of UK's restaurant's website y'day and they say it's their Aloo Baingan but my recipe is very much south Indian! It's silly, don't they make their own Aloo Baingan everyday!
    Good luck to Inji, she is brave.

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  3. I too went to her place, i must admit she is a very brave woman.

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  4. its appalling to see to what level some people would stoop to!!! yeah, she is brave! i wouldve been discouraged long before!!!

    Sia, come over to my blog for a sweet something from me!

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  5. Thank you Sia, for letting us know !!

    Inji is really a brave woman !!

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  6. OMG..i gotta go and read it..have been out of the blogging sphere for a while...

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  7. I went through the whole post. Such a shame and disgusting thing. Hope she finds justice and settle down peacefully.

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  8. Sups, Injipennu is one gutsy girl I say, the kind of mails, threats and the language is appalling. I guess She will be a true winner and a strong person after all this and I am so sure that we are right behind her.

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  9. Hey Sia,thanks so much for thsi Article. Thats so scary and we feel so vulnarable in this vast world of internet. Inji truely is a brave girl.. hope everythings ends in a happy ending..

    U wont believe today we had a talk on IPR's and how people have mistaken the Copyright laws. Some people havemistaken it that this is a law which allows people to watever they want to copy.. how silly..:(

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  10. Oh my god Thats too awefull.Thanks for letting us know.

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  11. WoW!
    People are seriously crazy!
    Brave girl
    :-(

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  12. I've been horrified by what's been going on with Inji. She's been handling it so well. My thoughts are with her! :)

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