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Cook at Ease Featured in Mangayar Malar and Snegithi

Iam quite convinced that my blog is becoming popular even before completing one year. The print media has started using photographs from my blog.

Iam a regular reader of Tamil monthly magazines Mangayar Malar and Snegithi (of Manjula Ramesh). I was surprised to see my blog photographs in these magazines of March 2010 issue.

My shock and surprise is that

  • these photographs are appearing without my permission.
  • also no credit is given that these photographs have been taken from my blog.
  • though my photographs are watermarked (in the centre), the photographs are suitably cropped and published.
  • in some photographs, watermark is also conveniently erased by suitable software.

Here are the magazines:

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Now comes the details:

a. Mangayar Malar, March 2010, Page – 31.


A closer view in the magazine and my dish Semiya (Vermicelli) Idli.

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b. Mangayar Malar, March 2010, Page – 36 and 37.


A closer view in the magazine and my dish Sprouted Methi (Fenugreek) Sambar.

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c. Mangayar Malar, March 2010, Page – 115.


A closer view in the magazine and my dish Rava Milk Halwa.

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d. Snegithi (of Manjula Ramesh), March 2010, Page 69.


A closer view in the magazine and my dish Onion Chuney.

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It is painful to know that popular magazines are involved in such activities ignoring copyright protection and consequences of copyright violations. I don’t know how long this was going on. My fellow bloggers can also check whether this is going on with their blogs.

Update: March 26

I have taken up the copyright violations with Mangayar Malar through their website on March 25. I’m waiting for their response.


It seems Snegithi is not having a website.

{ 15 comments… add one }

  • Sushma Mallya March 25, 2010, 4:59 pm

    This is really bad, atleast they should have taken your permission and then only printrd it in their magazine….its your hardwork but someone else is taking advantage of it….

  • Priya March 25, 2010, 7:25 pm

    Am really shocked to know about this Kamala…am angry and feel bad that all your hardwork been stolen by someone that too without ur permission…hope they will understand their silly attitudes..

  • Trendsetters March 26, 2010, 1:19 am

    very shocking…thot cook@ease was featured in a publicity kind of way..
    this is outrageous…you shd write to the magazines…probably they will give credit to your blog..thats the least they can do

  • Kamala March 26, 2010, 7:43 am

    @Sushma, @ Priya, @ Trendsetters,
    Thanks for your response.
    I have taken up this issue with Mangayar Malar. Waiting for their reply.

  • Angshuman Dey March 26, 2010, 11:33 am

    Here is the Patent Offices in India

    Also refer to section – INDIAN COPYRIGHT ACT 1957 below:

  • Kamala March 26, 2010, 12:54 pm

    @ Angshuman Dey,
    Thanks for the link.

  • Jaya March 26, 2010, 10:50 pm

    Dear Madam,
    I’ve been a regular (but silent) visitor of your blog and thoroghly enjoy your posts. Please take up this issue seriously and get justice. Those copying guys should apologize to you for not giving you the credit. Best wishes!

  • Kamala March 26, 2010, 11:47 pm

    @ Jaya,
    Thanks for your response. I’m waiting for reply from Mangayar Malar.

  • Karthika April 24, 2010, 5:33 am

    Hi Kamala….Just happened to google for Masala Pori and landed on your blog. I am thoroughly impressed with your blog. My heartfelt wishes to you for taking pain to clarify each step in the process pictorially. Its really sad to know about Plagiarism. I remember several other bloggers who had the same issue and one of them even had a nice writeup about it. On googling, I found this site to be really informative, I am sure you would have done your research but I felt like giving my 2cents. http://www.problogger.net/archives/2004/12/21/what-to-do-when-someone-steals-your-blogs-content-blog-plagiarism/
    Good Luck.

  • Kamala April 24, 2010, 11:23 am

    @ Karthika
    Thanks for your feedback and your views on plagiarism. Mangayar Malar is yet to respond to my complaints.

  • Jayalakshmi February 18, 2011, 2:23 pm

    Hai Ms.Kamala,

    May be in future, you can try to publish the photographs in the blog with water-marks that are embedded in the visuals so that such stealing can be avoided to some extent. Just an idea…



  • Janani April 25, 2011, 4:47 pm

    Oh no.. This is too bad. U shd take some action against them. This is really bad. I visit ur blog very regularly and try ur recipes… but after seeing this… oh my god.. U shd do something…

  • N Ramesh July 9, 2012, 8:28 pm

    I have read your grievance. I can assist you and issue legal notice on your behalf. Please mail me particulars.


  • Hema November 14, 2012, 8:43 pm

    This is happening with me now. I was brought to notice by an unknown person. She found that one of my posts have been copied in their mag.

  • Hema November 14, 2012, 9:00 pm

    What did you do for taking action against them? I just saw the photo from my blog of their facebook page. I posted couple of messages but no reply from them

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