Indian bloggers Mad at Yahoo

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  1. Why didn’t they contact Yahoo first, rather than have a hissy fit in a blog? It may have been a simple oversight. Depending on the version of the Creative Common license, this may be allowed, so it could have been a misinterpretation.

    At any rate, recipes cannot be copyrighted, at least under U.S. law (photos can, which they changed; large compliations are copyrightable as compilations). In most cases, you don’t even have to change the wording. Recipes need to be patented to receive protection. The reason why specific wording is not protected in cases like this is the reasoning that since a process needs to be patented, not copyrighted, if specific wording were protected, eventually all the non-trivial variations of the recipe would be owned by someone, and there would be a de facto multi-owner monopoly of something that does not qualify for monopoly protection short of a receiving a patent.

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  3. Recipes are not copyrighted. You can list only the ingredients. But you CANNOT copy something like:

    “I was trying to make this recipe in my kitchen and then I saw a cat and a mouse and then I turned back to make the curry again” – You cannot copy the way or the instructions written and post it on your portal word by word. That is copyright violation

    If recipes are not copyrighted as Steve says, then why don’t we all copy from Yahoo’s recipes collection and also from some cookbooks?

    Of course Indian bloggers are mad at Yahoo whatson. There are protests posts on lot of Indian blogs.

  4. The content has been taken down, as nearly as I can tell, and Webdunia has apologized for the plagiarism if I understand the posts on the linked blog correctly. It seems to me that the bloggers’ insistence that Yahoo itself apologize for what it probably a subsidiary’s error.
    This kind of error seems fairly common with blog start ups, actually, since a few searches on the net give a lot of results for this. New blogs need content for their sites, quickly, and they usually hire out independent contractors to generate a couple of thousand posts in a few days. Only by having content can they hope to get genuine user-generated content, and some of those freelancers are less than entirely honest, and so the bad decisions by a freelance writer who works for less than a dollar blog posting and who doesn’t care about professionalism reflects poorly on a large company like Yahoo!
    I’d say that it has been dealt with appropriately and that the plagiarized bloggers really can’t hope to get any kind of renumeration out of it (how do you prove that you suffered financial loss from this? How much?) strikes me a somewhat grasping.

  5. It seems to me that the bloggers’ insistence that Yahoo itself apologize for what it probably a subsidiary’s error is pointless.

    That’s what I meant to say in the second sentence above. Sorry for the omission there.

  6. Om Malik seems to be more frustrrated than the original contributor. But I agree that all the bloggers should get paid by Yahoo. This is a good way to demand money from Yahoo, although recipe is not a big issue.

  7. The malayalam recipte contributor got fucked up and now she is silent. Others are making pointless hue and cry. She can demand huge money from Yahoo. Bloggers have made lot of efforts in her support.

  8. याहू के इस कुकृत्य का विरोध होना ही चाहिये. मैंने भी आप सबके के साथ अपनी आवाज उठायी है

  9. Don’t worry , whatever they copy , it is still an advertisement of talent , not mediocrity.

    If it was mediocrity ( the spelling I do not remember ) that was copied , then that is sad.

    regards,
    ANAND NAMBIAR

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