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The curious case of chutney case

Thanks to the obnoxious humor that this man portrays through his Jalsas and Jilpas, I am in the process of getting introduced to many more equally obnoxious Indian bloggers. So the past few months have just made me feel small. Of course, this post is not about how small I feel.

This post is to make a general observation on the increasing copyright infringement trends that we are witnessing of late, on intellectual properties, specially of those who spend so much of their valuable & productive time creating their obnoxious blog posts, during their office hours or during their domestic Reality TV watching hours. Either way, it is becoming extremely challenging to monitor who copies whose ideas, blogs, pictures, cartoons, etc. in a wired world where everything is just a google click or a bing throw away.

For starters, let me talk about coconut chutney. If this girl cannot be called obnoxiously and annoyingly funny, then I don’t know who can be. She had this really incredible idea in 2008 of a gay iyengar guy wanting to marry another iyengar guy. One may wonder, what is so funny about it. If at all, it is the exact opposite of being funny, one may argue to be politically correct. But the inane and immature folks with an extra long funny bone, will however conclude what Lavanya came up with the above mentioned theme, is an absolute stunner of a chutney (slightly tangy though). She probably is not a very ambitious writer nor someone who thought of her chutney making skills with so much pomp. Else, she would have taken necessary steps to acquire a patent for her post along with 100% license on the creative content of the story, characters, theme, etc. After all, that is what all bloggers do. As soon as they click on “Publish”, they go running from pillar to post to complete all the paper or digital work.

The Main Course of this post revolves around a small time filmmaker who made a short film in 2010 (or 2009?) whose original story was apparently written by his friend. I am not naming the two of them because I know I am going to be a in a big legal mess if I do. The plot thickened when the short film hit youtube (which is normally where creative artists meet their end) and within no time, my Tweetdeck app was crying out loud. For all Lavanya’s fans, this was desecration and for all bloggers in general, this was another example of how easily some lazy creative artists (!!) can steal their ideas and make some faming dough out of them, all along claiming that they don’t even know what Internet is. Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to provide the youtube link of the video, because the filmmakers got the message fairly quickly and brought it down. The fuel to the fire was added when the director went onto take a low road by claiming that he had just bought his first computer and didn’t even know what the symbol for copyright is.

For Dessert, Let me serve just one thing. Chutney case is the most rotten chutney I have ever tasted. It is almost like Crazy Mohan took up blogging and started serving coconut chutney with his family.

As for the budding filmmaker who had a false start, I am sure he will move on. This misstep probably is not going to cost him much..As for his friend, who claimed the story to be his, I am sure he will move on too. Probably to another blog. As for the copyrights issue itself, I am sure it will get murkier and murkier when it comes to creative licenses on blog contents.

As for me, the stale remains of coconut chutney in my tongue will continue to haunt. What to do?

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The curious case of FB Addiction

It starts this way…

You think you are connecting with long lost friends, but you actually end up connecting with friends who you are in touch with otherwise via e-mails and phone. You think you are building a social network to increase your social skills, but you actually are diving into a world of weird web community where all you increase is your browsing and quizzing skills. You think you want to let everyone know what you are up to and how your family is doing, but you end up knowing more about that friend who you have met only once in your life (and somehow ended up on your friend list) on a daily basis. You think you are logging in just to check some engagement pictures of this one friend who you knew went for a romantic weekend getaway, but you end up spending 50 minutes looking at status updates of all your contacts and their contacts. You think it is just another fad, but you actually can’t go through a single day without logging in at least once. You think you are above all these addictions, but the fact of the matter is you are just plain ignorant of what addiction really means.

It did start this way for me.

But my addiction isn’t exactly along the above lines – I am connected to a long list of long lost friends who I genuinely wanted to connect with. I am not sure if I really increased my social skills but I know I enjoy the quizzes. I don’t think it is a fad and hence I log in more than once a day. I am not ashamed to admit that I am addicted to Facebook, although I feel fairly confident that I don’t need a rehab to get out of it. It is one of those cases of positive addiction. At least, that is what I want to believe – The curious case of Facebook Addiction..!