This week the biggest story in the Malayalam blog-o-sphere is the content theft by Kerals.com. So many bloggers complained about their articles being blatantly copied and hosted for profit by Kerals.com violating its copyright.
Previously also such events had happened. More or less, those companies took away such content immediately. Whether they publicly apologized is a different issue.
Here their response was drastically different. The started threatening people and cyber-stalking them.
People have traced their hosting sites and other businesses. Looks like they are into pornography as well. If that is true, very shady indeed. I wonder how people just sign up for such a site or even go there without worrying about what happens to their personal data. I wish Malayalam bloggers just need to slap a class action lawsuit against them.
Update1: Inji Pennu has published the complete trail of harassment and stalking here:
Update2: Kerals.com has shutdown their entire Malayalam literature section. Only jokes and recipes remain open. Why would they do that?! Couldn't they just remove copyright violated entries? May be the whole articles in the literature section is stolen. What else could be the explanation? Wow! What a company!
Update 3(Fun): Just noticed: http://www.aboutus.org/Kerals
Update 4: Kerals.com apologizes in their Malayalam section.
"Dear All - Please accept our most sincere apology for Shiva Kumar's behavior to some fellow bloggers...We realized how much this has inconvenienced the victim and how angry the victim must have be and have been. After many thought we took the decision to block all his access to this site... We are working with his registrar to took down the new domain he have registered recently.. "
Update 5: Stalking site inpennu.com is now suspended.
Stay tuned for more developments of the story.
- Search to find more blogs about kerals.com issue.
- Sections to look for whether your copyright violated: Editorial, Poems, Recipes
- If browser does not show Malayalam as garbled, set Encoding to UTF8
- If you want to know whether your post titled, say, "സെയ്ന്റ് ജാന്സി ഓഫ് കട്ടപ്പന" is copied, just search 'സെയ്ന്റ് ജാന്സി ഓഫ് കട്ടപ്പന site:kerals.com' in Google.