An Open Letter to Those Who Steal (Updated with Screenshots of Offenders)February 16th, 2009Blog86 Comments
This is an open letter addressed to those who steal pictures, recipes, content, business idea/concept from Rasa Malaysia–you know WHO you are (and I know WHO you are):
- Online e-commerce store vendors who steal my picture to pursue commercial gains
- Websites who copy or syndicate my RSS feeds: blog posts, pictures, recipes without proper credit or my prior permission
- Designers, ad agencies, entrepreneurs who steal my pictures for business signboards or restaurant menus
- Newspaper, magazine, circulation editors who write a food column or food-related content
Rasa Malaysia is a personal site that I invest a lot of time and effort into. This is where I document my precious family’s recipes and to express my love in food. Everything you see here is the result of my heart and soul and countless late nights and weekend hours. The success of Rasa Malaysia doesn’t come easy; it’s certainly not something that you can just copy and take easy advantage of…
I urge you to stop plagiarizing my work. If you really want to use my content, PLEASE ASK for my permission, or at the very least, please credit the source.
Please read the following Merriam-Webster definition of “plagiarize” in case you are wondering.
1) to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own: use (another’s production) without crediting the source
2) to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
Mike of Mike’s Table left a very useful comment and I wish to share with all blog victims out there:
How Do You Deal with Content Thieves? (edited from Mike’s comment)
- Start with a polite email and request the stolen materials taken down.
- If you get no response within 24 hours, follow up with another email about DMCA takedown notice to the offender’s web host, domain registrar, etc.
- If you get no responses in the next 24-48 hours, send a DMCA takedown notice to the offenders.
Updated 2: I have decided to expose the identity of the offenders after reading my readers’ comments. Screenshots of offenders are as follows:
1) Rosa’s Farm in Florida – don’t ever buy from them. They stole my Nobu Cod picture. The pork chop picture on this email newsletter looks very suspicious; I wouldn’t be surprised it’s stolen, too.
2) FavourFood – the website has removed all unauthorized content and apologized to me sincerely. The site owner also cooperated fully and helped me identify a few more sites with unauthorized use of my content.
3) A “Lisa” or noono0_2 who sells on multiple Ebay sites (labeled as “a thief and a liar” by her customer). She stole my pie tee picture. My stolen picture had been taken off after I threatened to DMCA her store.
4) The coffee shop owner or the designer of the signboard or Indo Cafe (in Penang) who stole from me and Delicious Asian Food, at two different coffee shops. Over 30 pictures were stolen.
5) A Chinese newspaper in LA “Epoch Times” 大纪元时报 who offered to bribe me with their concert ticket after stealing my black pepper crab picture.
6) And the list goes on.
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