Echoing a post just three days ago on the Daily Mirror‘s plagiarism, this post on Chuls Bits & Pics blog does not come as a surprise. The author notes that the photo accompanying the story on the Sunday Times here was published without any attribution. As the author notes,
Infuriating was a mild term to describe how I felt, cheated is more like it, considering this photograph was taken by me during a short stop in London in 2008 when this statue was on display at the British Museum. I had made a special visit to the British Museum for the sole purpose of seeing this statue, take this photograph and write the story.
As I’ve noted earlier in this blog, rampant plagiarism by leading Editors and newspapers in Sri Lanka of content that appears on the web and in blogs is an eduring issue that I have covered in detail elsewhere.
Given a strong and shared interest in ensuring that content Sri Lankan bloggers / web writers post online – text, audio, video, photos – is attributed correctly, how do you think the blogging community in Sri Lanka can engage mainstream media? Nalaka Gunawardene calls newspapers a dinosaur under siege. If we agree that newspapers are transforming and that, in a larger sense, current distinctions between new and traditional media will be erased in the years to come, how can the blogging community impress upon Editors – generally old, stubborn, technologically challenged men, resistant to change and closed off to learning – that their survival depends on how well they embrace our content to supplant and complement what they produce?
If it is good enough to reproduce, how can we tell traditional media Editors and Owners that it is good enough to attribute?