Thursday, January 15, 2009

MY TENJI POST GOT HIJACKED!

I couldn't believe the post on my dining experience at Tenji Japanese Buffet Restaurant could create so much controversies. Some of you might have already receive an email and it might be more than once, about Tenji with lots of photos. Yes, it was all taken or shall I said COPIED from my blog. The email has been widely circulated, so much so a friend told me it reached her relatives in Hong Kong and Australia. Just yesterday night, I was chatting with a lady from Shantou, China who added me into MSN after reading my Tenji post. I received the email too, 4 times as well as numerous phone calls from blogger friends who alerted me on this matter. One was forwarded to me from an executive in my office and I made my colleagues who are aware of my blog to keep quiet about it. My best friend also forwarded to me the email. Unaware it was from my blog, she actually suggested that we give this place a try!!

Some of my dear readers who recognize my work emailed to me after discovering several bloggers who took my pictures and wordings and post it up like their own. Of course I was very upset but they have been very cooperative and all agreed to link back to the source. Thank you guys!

But I just couldn't believe how a national paper could simply put up photos that doesn't belong to them in their paper. They took two photos from my Tenji post; Sushi and Crabs. A friend of mine said, "Maybe they got it from the email and is unaware of the source". Possible but definitely not a good reason. My principle is "IF IT'S NOT YOURS, DON'T TAKE. IF YOU WANT TO TAKE, ASK FIRST". I sent an email to them but of course I don't expect that they will even bother to reply! (true enough, they did not respond!)
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Copycats...miaooooo!!!
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Well, not exactly everything bad, but one thing for sure, my post on Tenji increased my traffic tremendously! Never before I have more than 100 comments in one single post. And not forgetting all the new friends I met in MSN from around the world.

One thing for sure, I have to seriously considering putting watermark on my photos. Not that it's worth a lot or anything great but it is still my property. Sigh..more work from now on.

40 comments:

*Anton* said...

Superstar liao! Proud to be associated with Ms. Precious. ^_^

You cld actually create a lot of fuss with NST, and get some form of compensation.

+Ant+

RM20 million Babe said...

So it's not so bad afterall eh? Hahaha...

Ask them to copy more... just make sure they pay!! :P

Selba said...

I know.. I know...

I have experienced several times like this before in my old blog and none of those people have asked permission to me either.

Well.. take is from the positive side, your review and pictures are really great that people are copying it ;)

Anonymous said...

I read the article in the paper. No wonder look familiar ... sorry I love to read your blog once in a while...

~~wilson~~ said...

I received the email too ... luckily they still attach the source of the article .. and that leads me here to say .. great review and nice pics ..

Keith said...

implement photo watermark is the best!

btw, i love your blog !

ekeng said...

Ivy..Ask Pea and Pumpkin to bite the copycat..Grrrrr...But your Tenji post is...100++ comments. Shock !!

Precious Pea said...

Anton: Super Star?? Where where?? Don't think NST will bother to reply. Am sure this doesn't happen to me but to other too. Maybe they already used to this kind of thing. Can you imagine me flipping the paper yest and saw the pic and i was like MINE MINE MINE!!!

RM20milBabe: A word of apology also tak ada...somemore payment ar?? Aiii..wait la..wait till i got RM20 million then i can afford to sue them. HAHAHA! I know i know..continue dreaming right??? BTW, watch out for the next post.

Selba: Terrible isn't it? But thanks..so sweet of you for the compliment :)

anonymous: Hahaha...i was shocked when i saw the paper. Thanks for dropping by.

wilson: I think some with source attached and some don't. Oh well...maybe now i can venture into something new. Anyone wanna hire me to do food marketing for them??

keith: Thanks Keith :) Yes, have to do extra work from now on...that would definitely makes me even lazier to blog.

ekeng: Hahaha..my boys ar...scare of cats. Unbelievable hor, even the number of unique visitors..i tell you also you won't believe.

Cokeworld Citizen said...

wah...have to watermark photos...i tried but got too lazy. I not as hebat as you so its still ok. Hahaha The power of internet is amazing.

The Star also took my Nyonya food review but they acknowledge me as 'he' aiyoh....It was stated in the profile lah...

xin said...

it is so typical of papers so steal photos. cis to them!

Tummythoz said...

*putting out arsenic for irresponsible big establishment copycats*

J2Kfm said...

you're the one to intro me to Tenji anyway, so thanks as well.

nvm, this will be something you'll ponder upon and laugh in the future. :)

MakanKaki said...

Hello, yeah plagiarism is definitely on the rise even with the mainstream papers.

I think it's advisable for you to publish your email on the blog not as "preciouspea@gmail.com" but as "preciouspea(at)gmail(dot)com".

The reason being it does help to reduce incidences of automated web crawlers (bots)from picking up your email for spamming purposes.Therefore, reducing the amount of junk mails you may get. Although now is probably too late since your blog is more popular!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

famous liao..i saw..100pls comments!!!

its crazy..but i suppose if u c it in another way..benefit of the doubt..someone wants to share the post via fwding..and i suppose in this case, it got out of hand..and obviously NST must have got a copy..and happily taken the pics (like they can say, no name wat, how to give credit to you?)

dont get too upset about it..end of the day..more hits for you and u got more frens ok? can i print ur tenji post and ask for ur signature??

Precious Pea said...

cokeworld citizen: Imagine for my long post with 30 photos..do one by one..pengsan!! Well..teckiee also mistaken as a male once. Aiyah..i got a reader saying am actually a man and a gay, that is why i never put up my photos!! Funny or not??

xin: What a good example hor?

tummythoz: Garangnya! Gulp!

j2kfm: Am already very amused with the whole incident.

makan kaki: Thank you for the tips! I have just amended on my email ad.

Joe: Aiyoo..might as well we take a photo together then i sign for you. You might need it for rememberance sake, after all...am leaving the country soon. Can I have yours in return??

CUMI & CIKI said...

oh pea.. :(:( that truly sucks

kampungboycitygal said...

lol..the power of food blog..dun play play!! i called em..this weekend is full..tenji should pay u la - like lifetime vip / spokeperson? tsk tsk..

550ml jar of faith said...

That's terrible, and it's happening so rampantly! The nerve of some people out there, it destroys the last shreds of hope I have in humanity!! All I can say is, you know what they say about imitation - highest form of flattery...

Calvin Kong - Worldclass Cooking Wannabe said...

LOL.. yea.. i was also shocked when i check my google analytics and saw my tenji post increased my traffic by 1200% in 3 days.. your tenji must pull even super lots of traffic for you i guess... :D

Jun said...

i'll admit i haven't had time to surf the blogosphere for quite some time, so i'm totally clueless abt the controversies, but hey, at least ppl recognised tht ur pics were plagiarised, and u're getting all the support. go pea! ;)

Precious Pea said...

ciki: Exactly!!

kampungboycitygal: I wanna revisit but I don't think i will bother to call to book for now since they so fully booked. Sigh...have to pay full price oledi i guess.

550ml jar of faith: Thanks and am so flattered now. :)

Calvin: Hahaha..you too?? Cool!! Unbelievable isn't it?

Jun: Thanks Jun! How are you lately doctor?? Busy busy?? Gambateh yah!!!

worldwindows said...

Good, sharp and crisp photos are very tempting. Esp. when someone has put in the legwork. I try to get my photo size down to 60-70kb.

oliviasy said...

back in 2007, one of my blog post was circulated via email as well. the post was about lrg selamat kopitiam, penang. reached as far as london LOL! i didn't know about it until a fren informed me, cos it appeared in the Msian vios forum and a few local forums as well. caused some fights among members (ppl disagreeing & agreeing etc). from then on, i wld receive emails from ppl i've never met from time to time, & are probably following my blog till date. my blog & pics weren't plagiarized (don't really know if fwding it via emails shld be considered plagiarism or not), but certainly brought in some traffic, which was unexpected :)

Food For Tots said...

Try to put watermarks in your photos and insert a COPYSCAPE widget in your blog to a certail level of protection to your copyright. Sad to say that it is a very common issue in blogging nowadays. But looking at the +ve side, ur traffic increases too.

Pureglutton said...

I got that email of your post too - just accept it as a compliment lor. Nothing much u can do about others copying your work, sigh.
Congrats - now more famous oredi :-))

email2me said...

Careful with all these mail forwarding people. They will soon kill your bandwidth allocated for your photobucket/flickr. Then you will the most annoyed msg ..... BANDWIDTH EXCEEDED box.

The your whole blog's pix all will be not able to show till they reset your bandwidth for the next month.

Precious Pea said...

worldwindows: I agree with you!

oliviasy: Yes, in a way, it did bring some advantages too. I am meeting more new friends now.

food for tots: I am just too lazy to watermark my photos...cos posting up a new post already taking quite a lot of my time. I will check out on Copyscape.

pureglutton: LOL!! Famous?? Pea? Who?

email2me: Thanks for the tips. I didn't know forwarded emails will affect bandwidth. But I paid to flickr so i guess am safe.

Life for Beginners said...

Ugh. I am just quite disgusted at them. They make fun of bloggers for not being serious journalists/writers and then they STEAL from us?

Ugh. Disgusting.

babe_kl said...

pea, did you put this link up at www.petalingstreet.org. make sure the title screams NST stole your photos!!!

i did that to the star and within 30 mins the editor responded :P

terri@adailyobsession said...

nst stole ur post n pics? tt's bad, no manners!
yes, watermark ur pics (me doing it soon too) n copyright ur post :( sometimes i wonder if i shd continue blogging too :(

Anonymous said...

Where is the blog ethic????? You don't earn pride by stealing therefore you want to blog more then you have to eat more!!!!

So..."Eat more Blog more"

LY.Tai

Jessica said...

hello, i also got your post via email....before i realised it came from your blog! super post! it's just unethical and unprofessional, what nst did....but given its reputation, i am not surprised la.

~Christine~Leng said...

I received that email too! hehe... these days... plagiarism is getting worst! well.. at least ur blog traffic is gushing up! haha..

Michelle Tan said...

Actually Im ur blog regular reader...This morning i read an email the contain look familiar to me...& i wonder whr i read it before & later once i saw the 1st picture t h/p sms, i juz realize thy copied fm ur blog...how can thy juz simply copy exactly evy word...so shame of them...u should mark evy picture u upload in ur blog...mayb put some watermark in the middle of ur picture...

ai wei said...

something like this happened???

OMGGGGG!

i m kinda out of date arrrr

Wandering Chopsticks said...

I think you should send them an invoice and charge them for it! Can't believe they did that. I'm sorry. :(

tigerfish said...

can i say it is a blessing in disguise? ....but still, shame on them to copy...

Precious Pea said...

tigerfish: Well, they couldn't be bothered. That is why i never like that paper. Hahaha.

wandering chopsticks: Invoice? Hahaha...well well..i guess from now on, I will watermark my photos.

ai wei: HIHI!! How are you?? Studying hard?

michelle tan: Thanks for leaving me a comment :). Am starting to put watermark oledi...making blogging even more tedious. Need to get used to the extra work, so will be even slower in posting up.

christine: Wahhh..all the way to Scotland!! Hahaha!

jessica: Thank you for the compliment. I think ahem, i can be qualified to be in marketing line hor?

LY Tai: Ethical? Nah...so many copycats around. Just cannot understand why people doing this. And as for NST, am even more disappointed with them.

terri: NO NO NO!! YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER STOP BLOGGING. NOT EVEN THE THOUGHT OF IT. COS YOU ARE MY DAILY OBSESSION!!!!

babe_kl: Ok ok..i will consider that forum. So what happened in the end? Star apologised????

kenny mah: Make fun of us?? Actually they envy us la..we can write better and more ethical and professional. Hahaha..we should take over them!!

Denise ^ ChickyEGG said...

hey I got that email too! but my 1st impression was, I tot this was Precious Pea ones! and I m right, they are UR pictures.

ling239 said...

i received this via office email too... one look and i recognised the pics are all taken by u!!
too bad i deleted the email, as i already knew what u wrote earlier ~

 

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