Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Plagiarism

TAU v. to steal (as in Taoism)
ALANG-ALANG adj. (Nonya Hokkien) half-hearted effort

Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. Well, not unless someone stole your picture and earned RM50 from it.

A popular Malaysian blogger, Kenny Sia, vented his tu lahn-ness (displeasure) after a Vivien Chew was credited for "taking" the road-sign picture. The picture (see below), minus the ubiquitous kennysia.com watermark, was mailed to The Star, and this sly effort pocketed her a handsome RM50. Doubly ouch for Kenny.

We all knew it was a kennysia.com picture, but we thought Vivien Chew was Kenny Sia's evening pseudonym when the picture came out in The Star. But clearly, it wasn't. Someone actually stole his picture. Sisuahlai shares his tu lahn-ness.

How should we, bloggers, prevent this form of thieving?

Sisuahlai suggests a truly watertight watermark! Not an alang-alang watermark.

Not like this...



Like this...



Problem solved. Sisuahlai.

Footnote:

To one mailer, Kenny Sia did not plagiarise Sisuahlai when he published this...

Kenny's 25 February blog entry... Sisuahlai's 15 February blog entry...

It was a variation of a popular dictionary-style theme. Besides the content was completely different.

8 Comments:

Anonymous diana said...

ROFLMAO~ Simply Hilarious...

February 28, 2006 5:46 AM  
Blogger Wuching said...

thankz for the tip on watermarking, i will keep that in mind.

February 28, 2006 6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering do you guys ask for permission when using others intellectual property?

February 28, 2006 10:40 AM  
Blogger Chen said...

Hahaha...
good tips on watermarking :D

February 28, 2006 12:50 PM  
Blogger Jeremy C said...

nice one, bro ;)

February 28, 2006 3:53 PM  
Blogger FH2O said...

Hmmmm I take nice, nice pictures but nobody wants to 'tau'. This Vivian Chew has no taste one!

'Boh Pian'!

BTW very clever post - keep up the good work! (otherwise I don't come back!)

February 28, 2006 10:26 PM  
Blogger Aliciaks said...

keep all your pics fully watermarked too! Cool & sisuahlai too... Ngam ah

March 01, 2006 12:19 AM  
Blogger Sisuahlai said...

No need to watermark everything la. Piracy and plagiarism are rife on the blogosphere. As long as we watermark our wifes, kids and house, the rest people can steal. As long as you give me the profits from the plagiarised work.

March 01, 2006 1:48 AM  

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