Friday, September 12

Plagiarism

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Ever since we have discovered the internet, we have found this unending source of pirated software .. be it the latest games, operating systems, software, graphics packages, movies, music, what not. We simply download and use. Have we thought about how it is affecting the creator of that content? Not just financially, but rather, the thought of knowing that there exists a Prasad Ajinkya in the world who is knowingly using content/media created by that particular artiste/programmer. No, I have not thought so in the past, and certainly would not have thought about it in the future had it not happened to one of my close friends.

Today I was just browsing through Digit Magazine's August DVD (the one that's free). In it were different wallpapers that they had shared for everyone's use. One of the wallpapers was this ... Now take a look at IRIS-2005 flash intro, it has been painstakingly made by my classmates - Amit, Jhasketan and Sanchit. Jhasketan had drawn those figurines on a tablet, it was then imported into Photoshop, colors and effects were added, and then it was imported into flash. I saw the entire creation process right in front of me ... these three guys put in days and nights on this. Try juggling that with a day full of lectures and quizzes, and it becomes a handful.

Now after 3 years, I see it being ripped-off, straight out. There are no acknowledgements mentioned, so that the thousands of Digit subscribers can unknowingly use the same wallpaper on their desktop without even saying a simple Kudos! to the three artistes.

Life is not fair. Shame on you Digit.

PS - Can you tell which is the original?

Related Links -

http://blog.dsignbeyond.com/2008/09/plagiarism.html

http://jainuine.blogspot.com/2008/09/plagiarism-by-digit.html

6 comments:

Jainuine said...

chi chi chi....
shame on DIGIT !!!

Jairam said...

Dude,
Don't take this the wrong way, but our IRIS mascots themselves resembled the following -
Sorceress from He-Man - http://panther.is1.okcimg.com/users/364/786/3657872033620775671/mt1110285204.gif
He-Man - http://bengoshisan.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/heman.jpg
The Flame from the Fantastic Four
The Fish-Man character from Hellboy - The Movie
Cheers.....Jam

Salil said...

Hi,
Yeah, any infringement on rights gives a very sour taste. If only the owner of the right is asked, I am sure 90% of them will agree to the work being reproduced. Nobody has time and willingness though.
But there are other factors to consider too. People often don't protect their rights. They may not know the original creator. Is plagiarism in such a scenario bad?
Cheers,
Salil

Prasad said...

@jam - The theme was original, now dont say that it also was copied from Victoria's Secret Fashion Show of 2002!!

@salil - You have hit it on the head. It hurts, because they did not ask. Had they done so, who would have said no :), it still does leave a sour taste.

Wally said...

I think you should take it up with the Digit editor mate.

Prasad said...

Checking with our MediaCom on the same Srick!