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Thanks a lot Berly Thomas for your reply to my post. Let me first (try to) clear your doubts,

Berly Thomas asked:

ഇഞ്ചിപ്പെണ്ണ് മലയാളം ബ്ലോഗിങ് കമ്യൂണിറ്റിക്കു വേണ്ടിയാണ് ഈ പ്രശ്നത്തില്‍ ഇടപെട്ടതെന്ന് നിങ്ങള്‍ തീരുമാനിച്ചാല്‍ മതിയോ ? അങ്ങനെയെങ്കില്‍ ഇടപെടും മുമ്പ് ഈ മലയാളം ബ്ലോഗിങ് കമ്യൂണിറ്റിയോട് വിവരം പറഞ്ഞിരുന്നോ. ദുര്‍ബലചിത്തരേ, നിങ്ങള്‍ക്കു വേണ്ടി ഇതാ ഞാന്‍ പോരിനിറങ്ങുന്നു എന്ന് ? ഞാനും ഒരു മലയാളം ബ്ലോഗറാണ് എന്റെ പോസ്റ്റും മോഷ്ടിക്കപ്പെട്ടതാണ്, എന്നോടാരും പറഞ്ഞില്ല.

Answer:- I never told injipennu that I am going to help her in the issue with kerals.com, and I guess it is the same with majority of 106 members who protested. It is just the civic responsibility that requested injipennu to help the community and me to support injipennu. If you didn’t want injipennu to take up the problem, my question is “Sir, you had the option to question kerals.com, why didn’t you do that sir?” (എനിക്ക് വേറെ പണിയുണ്ട് എന്നാണ് ഉത്തരമെങ്കില്‍ എനിക്ക് കൂടുതല്‍ പറയാനില്ല)

Berly Thomas asked:

പോസ്റ്റുകള്‍ മോഷ്ടിക്കപ്പെട്ട പല ബ്ലോഗര്‍മാരും ഇഞ്ചിപ്പെണ്ണിനെ വേദനിപ്പിച്ച ഇ മെയിലുകള്‍ വന്ന ശേഷം ആ ബ്ലോഗറെ സപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് ചെയ്യാന്‍ കൂട്ടാക്കുന്നില്ല എന്ന് നിങ്ങള്‍ പരിവേദനം പറയുന്നു. ഇഞ്ചിപ്പെണ്ണ് പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിച്ച ഇമെയിലുകളും ഭീഷണികളും അവരുടെ പേഴ്സനല്‍ ഇമെയിലില്‍ നിന്ന് നടത്തിയ മെയില്‍ ഇടപാടുകളുടെ ആണെന്നിരിക്കെ അതിനെ സംബന്ധിച്ച് ഇത്ര ആധികാരികമായി പറയാന്‍ നിങ്ങള്‍ക്കെങ്ങനെ സാധിക്കുന്നു ? അതുംപോകട്ടെ, ഇങ്ങനെ കുറെ മെയിലുകള്‍ ഇഞ്ചിപ്പെണ്ണ് പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിച്ചതിന്റെ അടിസ്ഥാനത്തില്‍ ബാക്കി ബ്ലോഗര്‍മാരെല്ലാം ആ ബ്ലോഗറെ സപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് ചെയ്യണം എന്നു പറയുന്നതെന്തുകൊണ്ടാണ് ? ഈ പ്രശ്നത്തില്‍ ഉള്‍പ്പെട്ട സൈറ്റിന്റെ ആളുകളുമായി ഇ മെയില്‍ ഇടപാട് നടത്തുകയും തെറി കേള്‍ക്കുകയും ചെയ്ത അനേകര്‍ വിസ്മരിക്കപ്പെട്ടതെന്തുകൊണ്ടാണ് ?

Answer:- “ഇഞ്ചിക്ക് അല്ല പ്രാധാന്യം, ബ്ലോഗ്ഗര്‍ക്കാണ്, ബ്ലോഗ്ഗിങ്ങിനാണ്” was one of the comment I posted here on June 7, 2008 5:17 PM (The date and time is important). I still stand by that statement. I stand for the blogger irrespective of his/her screen name, sex, religion, caste or nationality. I do support others (if any) who are affected. Please read the FAQ here.

Berly Thomas asked:

സുഹൃത്തെ, ‘Mr. Berly Thomas, a journalist at Malayala Manorama’. ആരു പറഞ്ഞു നിങ്ങളോട് ?
ഈ ബ്ലോഗിലെവിടെയെങ്കിലും എഴുതി വച്ചിട്ടുണ്ടോ ? പിന്നെ എന്തടിസ്ഥാനത്തിലാണ് ഇത്തരം കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ നിങ്ങള്‍ എഴുതിപ്പിടിപ്പിക്കുന്നത് ? എന്റെ സ്വകാര്യവിവരങ്ങള്‍ അന്വേഷിച്ച് ബ്ലോഗില്‍ പ്രസിദ്ധപ്പെടുത്തിയതിന് നിങ്ങള്‍ക്കെതിരെ ഞാനെന്തു നിയമനടപടിയാണ് സ്വീകരിക്കേണ്ടത് ?

Answer:- I prefer not to comment on this. Your arguments seems to be too childish!

And the rest of allegations,

ഇഞ്ചിപ്പെണ്ണിന്റെ പോസ്റ്റ് മഹത്തരവും അതിനെ വിമര്‍ശിക്കുന്നത് സ്റ്റുപിഡ് പോസ്റ്റും ആണെന്ന് നിങ്ങള്‍ പറയുമ്പോള്‍ തന്നെ ഇതിന്റെയൊരു രാഷ്ട്രീയം വായനക്കാര്‍ക്ക് മനസ്സിലാവും. . .

Reply: I never criticized the comments or posts made in the right tone and with clear intentions (also see this comment, I will add more when ever I spot them) You can check the tone and intentions with the blogs listed in my blog with this one and find a clear cut difference between them. I repeat, I don’t see any distinction between injipennu and Berly Thomas, I will be there where I feel, there is a need for me to interfere. Thats what I call civic responsibility.

മനസ്സിലായില്ല. ആരാണ് ഈ ‘us’ ? നിങ്ങള്‍ ആര്‍ക്കുവേണ്ടിയാണ് സംസാരിക്കുന്നത് ? നിങ്ങളോടൊപ്പം നില്‍ക്കാന്‍ നിങ്ങളാരാണ് ? നിങ്ങള്‍ എത്ര പേരുണ്ട് ? എന്താണ് നിങ്ങളുടെ അജന്‍ഡ ? കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ തുറന്നു പറയൂ സുഹൃത്തേ.

Reply: ഇതിനൊക്കെ ഞാന്‍ മലയാളത്തില്‍ മറുപടി തരാം. us എന്ന് ഉദ്ദേശിച്ചത് ഇത് വരെ പ്രതികരണശേഷി നഷ്ടപ്പെട്ടിട്ടില്ലാത്ത നട്ടെല്ലുള്ള ഒരു കൂട്ടം‌ ബ്ലോഗ്ഗര്‍മ്മാര്‍. തികച്ചും സ്വതന്ത്രമായി തന്നെ,  വളരെ സമാധാനപര്മായി,  വളരെ ജനാധിപത്യപരമായി തന്താങ്ങളുടെ ബ്ലോഗ്ഗുകളില്‍ അവരുടെ പ്രതിഷേധം രേഖപ്പെടുത്തി . ഞാന്‍  സംസാരിക്കുന്നത് ബ്ലോഗ്ഗര്‍ സമൂഹത്തിന് വേണ്ടി. തോന്നുന്നവന്‍ തോന്നുമ്പോള്‍ കയറി തോന്ന്യവാസം കാട്ടിയിട്ട് പോകുവാനുള്ളതല്ല ബ്ലോഗ്ഗുകള്‍ എന്ന കാര്യം‌ ഞാന്‍  പറയുന്നതിലെന്താണ് തെറ്റ്? എന്റെ അജണ്ട ഒന്നേയുള്ളു – അത് ദാ പറഞ്ഞും കഴിഞ്ഞു.

എല്ലാ മലയാളം ബ്ലോഗര്‍മാരുടെയും ശബ്ദമാണോ നിങ്ങളുടെ ഈ പോസ്റ്റ് ? എല്ലാ മലയാളം ബ്ലോഗര്‍മാര്‍ക്കു വേണ്ടിയും നിങ്ങളെന്നോട് സംസാരിക്കുമ്പോള്‍ അത് ഇഞ്ചിപ്പെണ്ണ് പ്രതിക്കൂട്ടില്‍ നില്‍ക്കുന്ന വെബ്സൈറ്റ് അധികൃതരോട് സംസാരിച്ചത്പോലെയാവുകയാണല്ലോ സുഹൃത്തേ.

Reply: It is MY BLOG, its MY VOICE and I never said that I wasn’t talking on behalf of all the bloggers. The posts regarding all these issue read “I protest”, “I extend my protest” and where is WE in that?

നിങ്ങളെന്നെക്കുറിച്ച് അതുമിതും പ്രതീക്ഷിച്ചതിന് എനിക്കെന്തു ചെയ്യാന്‍ പറ്റും. ഞാനെന്റെ ബ്ലോഗില്‍ എനിക്കിഷ്ടമുള്ളതെഴുതുന്നു. അത് നിങ്ങള്‍ക്കിഷ്ടപ്പെടാത്തത് കൊണ്ട് അല്ലെങ്കില്‍ നിങ്ങളെക്കൊണ്ട് ഈ പോസ്റ്റ് എഴുതിക്കുന്ന ആളുകള്‍ക്കിഷ്ടപ്പെടാത്തതുകൊണ്ട് “Mr. Berly Thomas have now shown a model to all of budding journalists – “How a journalist should NOT be” എന്ന് ഉറച്ചു പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കാന്‍ നിങ്ങളാരാണ് ?

Reply:- I thought you were a journalist (sigh! I know another Berly Thomas who is a sub-editor at Malayala Manorama and I thought both you are same). Now that I had understood my mistake, I have withdrawn my comments.

സ്വന്തം ഐഡന്റിറ്റ് ഒളിച്ച് വച്ച് ഒരു കള്ളപ്പേരില്‍ കയറിയിരുന്ന് എന്നെ വിധിക്കാന്‍ നിങ്ങളായിട്ടില്ല. എന്തായാലും നിങ്ങളുടെ പ്രഖ്യാപനം ഞാന്‍ സീരിയസ്സായെടുക്കുന്നു. നിങ്ങള്‍ ശ്രദ്ധിച്ചില്ലെങ്കില്‍ ഒരു കാര്യം ചൂണ്ടിക്കാണിക്കാം. എന്തിനെതിരെ പ്രക്ഷോഭം നടത്തുന്ന കാര്യമാണോ നിങ്ങള്‍ പ്രസംഗിച്ചത് അതേ തെറ്റുകള്‍ തന്നെയാണ് നിങ്ങള്‍ ചെയ്യുന്നതും. എല്ലാ ഭാവുകങ്ങളും നേരുന്നു, തുടര്‍ന്നെഴുതുക !

Reply:- ആര് ആരുടെ ഐഡെന്റിറ്റിയാണ് മറച്ച് വെച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത് എന്ന് ഞാന്‍ പറയണമോ? എന്റെ ഐഡെന്റിറ്റി ഈ ബ്ലോഗ്ഗില്‍ പൂര്‍ണ്ണമായില്ലെന്നേയുള്ളു. അത് പൂര്‍ണ്ണമായുമുള്ള സ്ഥലത്തേക്ക് പോകുവാനുള്ള വഴികളും കൊടുത്തിട്ടുണ്ട്. പിന്നെ ഇവിടെ ഞാനെഴുതുന്ന പേരും, ഞാന്‍ മലയാളത്തിലെഴുതുന്ന പേരും വ്യത്യാസമാണ്. എന്നിട്ടും എന്നെ ഇതു വരെ എല്ലാവരും ‘ഞാന്‍’ എന്ന് മാത്രമെ അഭിസംബോധന ചെയ്തിട്ടുള്ളൂ. അതില്‍ നിന്നും മനസ്സിലാക്കാം ഞാന്‍ എന്റെ ഐഡന്റിറ്റി മറച്ച് വെയ്ക്കുവാന്‍ ഒരു കാലത്തും ശ്രമിച്ചിട്ടില്ല എന്ന്.

I never ever asked anyone forcefully to support us. But I criticized the standings of ONLY those people who spoofed and trivialized the whole issue and I will be doing the same again, in this issue as well as in the future.

And, yes I admit a mistake I did, that I had posted your personal details including your job in my previous post (??there is still a confusion over that??). I am again clarifying, “I am NOT a member of any group. I will still support and talk for those issues where I feel my support is required.

(to be continued with more clarifications, please check FAQ {scroll down} if you still have doubts)

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As mentioned in my previous post, I had changed the color of my blog to protest against the actions of cyber criminal Avinash ~Kottarakara~.

It should be noted that none of Injipennu‘s posts were copied by kerals.com, and she interfered in this problem for Malayalam Blogging Community and many of the affected bloggers didn’t even bother to support or pacify injipennu after those humiliating e-mails and threats. It was really shocking to see Mr. Berly Thomas’ post (It is a spoof, but directed at Injipennu). Mr. Berly Thomas, a journalist at Malayala Manorama* (UPDATE:- Mr. Berly Thomas, who is NOT a journalist at Malayalam Manorama, but a blogger), is quite famous in Malayalam blogosphere for his humor sense and his spoof posts (I am a daily visitor of his blog). But this post have exposed his immature thinking and action which is least expected from a responsible journalist* (UPDATE:- blogger). I have only heard of journalists* (UPDATE:- bloggers) who fought for peoples freedom and rights, who stood for justice and I still have a positive image about them. Just think, when you get time, if such threats came to someone close to you. I hope you won’t create a spoof post at that time too.

There are some posts like this too, I prefer not to answer such stupid posts from an ignorant kiddo. But Mr. Berly Thomas, this is too much. I won’t ask you to ‘paint black’ and join hands with us. But that post of yours was really insulting the efforts and unity of the whole Malayalam Bloggers.

I would like to answer some questions before going to the list.

FAQ1. Why the protest?

Quoting ‘Raj Neettiyath’, an ace Malayalam Blogger,

While protesting our voices may not be heard by kerals.com, or by any officials. But the victims here, or similar ones elsewhere are surely going to hear it, and they will feel our care for them, they will feel stronger to stand against the tides. അമേരിക്കയുടെ ഇറാഖ് അധിനിവേശത്തിനെതിരെ കേരളത്തില്‍ പ്രകടനം നടത്തുന്നത് അമേരിക്കയതുകണ്ടു പേടിക്കുമെന്ന് കരുതിയിട്ടൊന്നുമല്ല, അധിനിവേശത്തിന്റെ ഇരകളെ, അതുപോലെ മറ്റനവധി ഇരകളെ നമ്മുടെ ആ ചെയ്തി തൊടുന്നുണ്ട്, അവരവരുടേതായ പോരാട്ടങ്ങളില്‍ അവര്‍ക്ക് ആത്മവീര്യം പകരുന്ന ചെറുചൂടെങ്കിലും ആകുവാന്‍ ഇത്തരം ശ്രമങ്ങള്‍ക്കു കഴിയുന്നുണ്ട്.

Nothing more to add from my part. The idea is clear. The power of blogs is the buzz created by it and we ARE creating it.

FAQ2. Are’nt you increasing the pagerank and ad revenues of Kerals.com by linking to it?

Not at all. Maybe we are increasing the PR. But that increase in PR and the fame created by the blog actions wont get converted to money, for the following reasons. One is that, Kerals.com and the related sites are going to get shutdown soon for its illegal activities by the authorities. Next that, you can use adblock-plus extension to block ads from their, or any site, if you are using Firefox.

UPDATE:- It seems Google had banned kerals.com’s Google adsense account.

FAQ3. Are you a bunch of Injipennu fans or are you a member of any of the groups in Malayalam Blogosphere or are you against Berly Thomas?

I am a fan of myself, personally speaking. I don’t worship any Injipennu or pepperpennu. The attack against injipennu was as a result of her interference in the copyright infringement by kerals.com (She did it for the sake of whole blogging community and NOT for her). I protest for the attack against a blogger, I will protest even if it was Mr. Berly Thomas in place of Injipennu.

I am not any member of any virtual groups which is said to be existing in Malayalam blogosphere. Supporting injipennu in this issue doesn’t mean that I will support her forever. Similarly, criticizing Berly Thomas doesn’t mean that I will criticize him for his every actions.

FAQ4. Why don’t you resort for a legal petition?

The “black week protest” is a form of extremely peaceful and democratic way of expressing our distress against Kerals.com. Doing so, we are highly optimistic that, the buzz created by us will be heard by the concerned authorities and force them to take an action against the perpetrators. There are technical difficulties for ‘un-affected’ parties like me and most others taking part in the protest to move a legal petition. As per Code of Criminal Procedure, there are two classes of offenses, cognizable and non-cognizable, and hence unless and until the affected parties take it to the court, no legal action can be taken, as all of the offenses are classified under non-cognizable offenses. (Courtesy: Mercutio)

FAQ5. Isn’t it really cheap to bring such political campaigns into blogosphere?

First of all politics is *NOT* cheap and if you think such democratic methods of expressing protest is cheap, India (or any democratic country) is not the right place for you to live. You are not only defaming blogs but the whole philosophy of democracy.

FAQ6. Don’t you think Injipennu is trying to become “joan of boologam“?

NO. I don’t think so. She did the right thing. We all were supposed to do the same. What did Mr. Berly Thomas – ‘the respected journalist‘ (UPDATE:- ‘an ordinary blogger‘) did? As ‘a respected journalist‘ (UPDATE:- ‘an ordinary blogger‘) I expected him to take up the lead role when the copyright violations were first reported. He should have at least mailed kerals.com asking for copy-right violations from his blog. Mr. Berly Thomas have now shown a model to all of budding journalists – “How a journalist should NOT be” * (UPDATE:- Ordinary blogger Berly Thomas have now shown a model to all of budding bloggers – “How a blogger should NOT be”). Any person with a minimum civic sense will show interest in helping his neighbor and thats the only ‘mistake‘ injipennu did.

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First they came…

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

– Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

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Here, I am making a second list of backstabbers, (do check my previous post to see the people supporting injipennu in this issue, and that list is much much bigger than this one)

  1. Berly Thomas (Here is his response to this post)
  2. Annyan
    (A very civilized reply – must read from Annyan, gives a clear idea how he was brought up)
  3. MARAMAAKRI

(Hope I won’t have to update this list, and delete already listed entries)

* I hereby express my sincere regrets to blogger Berly Thomas whom I allegedly called a ‘journalist’ and to the journalist community for calling an ordinary blogger by the name ‘journalist’. Let me also express my regrets to the sub-editor Berly Thomas in Malayala Manorama for unnecessarily connecting him (MY own mistake) to blogger Berly Thomas.

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I thought (like others) that it was all over after the ‘sincere’ regrets from the CEO of Kerals.com. Their mails to injipennu was so disgusting. But their latest action is too much. They are bringing regionalism into the problem for their personal gain. The people behind Kerals.com are real criminals. First they had threatened and cyberstalked Injipennu for her strong response against the plagiarism by Kerals.com. Then they had created a fake profile in the porn site owned by them. And, now they had posted this false allegation against injipennu, in their newly registered domain, hoping that the Tamil speaking people will protest against her.

The authorities should urgently intervene in the situation and put all these criminals behind the bars. I also request the Tamil speaking people to understand their real intentions. I am including the following Tamil words hoping to get listed in some Tamil blog aggregators. லேட்டாயிவன்தாலும்லேட்டச்டாயி வர்ரேன் (hope I said it correct), பொய்சொல்லக்கூடாத்காதலீ… பொய்சொன்னாலும்னீயெஎன்காஅதலீ (I like this song very much), என்_ பேர் படயப்ப…

Lets take the count of crimes he and his team had committed till now.

(1) As per Indian IT Act 2000, chapter 9 (Offences), section 67,

Publishing of information which is obscene in electronic form.

Whoever publishes or transmits or causes to be published in the electronic form, any material which is lascivious or appeals to the prurient interest or if its effect is such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it, shall be punished on first conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years and with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees and in the event of a second or subsequent conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years and also with fine which may extend to two lakh rupees.

Why:- They are running many porn sites.

(2) Indian Penal Code, Section 509,

Word, Gesture or Act Intended to Outrage Modesty

Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman – whoever, intending to insult the modesty of any woman, utters any word, makes any sound or gesture, or exhibits any object, intending that such word or sound shall be heard, or that such gesture or object shall be seen, by such woman, or intrudes upon the privacy of such woman, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine or with both.

Why:- They have violated this umpteen number of times (by mail, sites).

(3) Indian Penal Code, Section 467

Making a false document

A person is said to make a false document or false electronic record–

First–Who dishonestly or fraudulently–

(a) makes, signs, seals or executes a document or part of a document;

(b) makes or transmits any electronic record or part of any electronic record;

(c)affixes any digital signature on any electronic record;

(d) makes any mark denoting the execution of a document or the authenticity of the digital signature, with the intention of causing it to be believed that such document or part of document, electronic record of digital signature was made, signed, sealed, executed, transmitted or affixed by or by the authority of a person by whom or by whose authority he knows that it was not made, signed, sealed, executed or affixed; or

Secondly–Who, without lawful authority, dishonestly or fraudulently, by cancellation or otherwise, alters a document or an electronic record in any material part thereof, after it has been made, executed or affixed with digital signature either by himself or by any other person, whether such person be living or dead at the time of such alteration; or

Thirdly–Who dishonestly or fraudulently causes any person to sign, seal, execute or alter a document or an electronic record or to affix his digital signature on any electronic record knowing that such person by reason of unsoundness of mind or intoxication cannot, or that by reason of deception practiced upon him, he does not know the contents of the document or electronic record or the nature of the alteration.

Why:- The false allegation against injipennu

(4) Indian Penal Code Section 153A

Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony

(1) Whoever-

(a) by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, promotes or attempts to promote, on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities, or

(b) commits any act which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious, racial language or regional groups or castes or communities, and which disturbs or is likely to disturb the public tranquillity, [or]

(c) organizes any exercise, movement drill or other similar activity intending that the participants in such activity shall use or be trained to use criminal force or violence or knowing it to be likely that the participants in such activity will use or be trained to use criminal force or violence, participates in such activity intending to use or be trained to use criminal force or violence or knowing it to be likely that the participants in such activity will use or be trained to the use criminal force or violence, against any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community and such activity for any reason whatsover causes or is likely to cause fear or alarm or a feeling of insecurity amongst members of such religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community,

shall be punished with imprisonment which may extent to three years, or with fine, or with both.

Why:- They posted false allegations against injipennu with the intention of causing discomfort among the Tamil speaking people and turn them against injipennu and other Malayalam speaking people.

I request the Tamil blogging community to take up the issue very seriously and help us in putting these anti-social, anti-human elements behind the bars.

Blog Reactions from Tamil blogosphere:-

(1) Dealing with Goons – We are there with you Inji ! by Revathi

Related posts :-

(1) Kerals.Com – Stop this! – Saptavarnangal

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What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the practice of claiming or implying original authorship of (or incorporating material from) someone else’s written or creative work, in whole or in part, into one’s own without adequate acknowledgement. Unlike cases of forgery, in which the authenticity of the writing, document, or some other kind of object itself is in question, plagiarism is concerned with the issue of false attribution. – pR@tz

You just saw a demonstration on “how to plagiarize” . That section was taken from a Wikipedia article on plagiarism. Plagiarism is a common phenomenon among the newbie bloggers. But what you are going to read in a few moments will be the best ever example of plagiarism in India.

Few days back it was first noticed by a Malayalam blogger,

This is the second time in history of Malayalam blogosphere that they are dealing with plagiarists. First time it was against the internet giant, Yahoo! and now it is kerals.com.

Really unfortunate, Kerals.com. You did it wrong, right from the beginning and if you are behaving like this, you are really going to pay for it. Lets look how will the law react to Kerals.com, if any of the bloggers take it to the court. The act of plagiarism a punishable criminal offense as per Section 63 of Copyright Act, 1957, India according to which you are punishable for a minimum of 6 months imprisonment and Rs. 50,000 fine and if you are found committing the same crime again you are punishable for 1 year imprisonment and 1 lakh Rupee fine.

He/she/they are gonna be a pauper and going to count the bars for rest of his/her/their if whole of the Malayalam blogger community respond to the issue in their real strength.

Plagiarists can loot your blog too as long as it is online. So start responding, put up a copyright notice now itself. I have made my  blogs available to public using Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license which allows anyone to use the contents in my blog wherever they want in any form, but they should attribute the original author (from where they took the content) and pass over the rights they enjoyed to others.

More on the issue:- (1)  Banned from reading my content by രാജ് നീട്ടിയത്ത്

(2) Content theft by Kerals.com by Thulasi Kakkat

(3) Bootlegging bloggers posts, Shame on you Kerals dot com by മയൂര

(4) Are you a thief Mr. www.kerals.com by കണ്ണൂസ്‌

(5) ചോദിച്ചാല്‍ തരുമായിരുന്നല്ലോ കേരള്‍സേ… by സതീശ് മാക്കോത്ത് sathees makkoth

(6) Content Theft by Kerals.com by അരവിന്ദ് :: aravind

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As I had told earlier in my previous post, I have been blogging for past one year. That was in blogspot (or blogger; which is the latest name, I am not sure). But, have seen the WordPress platform and also tried to install it on a server. I was impressed by this software from the first sight itself. In this post I am trying to enumerate the different features of both WordPress and Blogspot.

Blogspot

  • Good one for newbies. Simple interface to start with.
  • You need to have the assistance from a 3rd party to track the performance of your blog. Note that outbound links will reduce the PR (if you are so concerned about it).
  • Incorporating Google Adsense ads is much easier. I think this was one way by the intelligent Google to attract people to blogspot. The majority of income from a click on an ads goes to Google and we, the publishers get peanuts.
  • Comment notification by e-mail is just another useful utility in Blogspot. And this feature was used extensively by Malayalam comment aggregators like ‘Marumozhikal‘ and erstwhile ‘pinmozhikal
  • Labels are a new thing to blogspot users, came with the upgradation to Blogger 2.0
  • The templates available are very few and among them only few looks good and professional.
  • Another feature in Blogspot is to blog through e-mail. By setting a ‘Mail-to-Blogger Address ‘ in blogger settings, you can blog from anywhere using e-mail. This is useful when the blogspot site is inaccessible due to some reason or other (like banning).

WordPress

  • Even WordPress is manageable for newbies. Except for some controls, I think everything else is ok.
  • Without having a third party software, you get a lot of statistics. Like the referrer URL, number of hits, hits per day etc which help you to track the performance of your blog.
  • You can’t insert Google ads into this version of WordPress. BUT, you can do it, if you install wordpress on your server. This is one place WordPress faces setback. Maybe it is their policy not to entertain Google to earn income at the cost of my (WordPress’s) server space and resources. WordPress will get more users if they allow this. (I am least affected, as Google had banned me from Adsense program for malpractices, he! he! he! he! , “Chathiyan Chanthu” )
  • I am not so sure about any comment notification facility, though I started getting Alert! mails for comment moderation. But, those mails are not as clean as comment notification mails from blogspot. I am not complaining though, as the information included in those mails are very useful in dealing with trolls and anonymous buggers. A good feature in fact, but troublesome to newbies.
  • Labels are categories here in WordPress and it is not new for WordPress bloggers. Infact before Blogger 2.0, this was one reason most blogspot users find to migrate to WordPress.
  • The templates available here, in this server are limited, though you get a hell lot of templates if you are installing Wordpress platform on another server. There are also different kinds of plugins or add-ons (or whatever it is) for your WordPress blog, which will make you WordPress blogging more convenient. And, that is one reason for calling WordPress more ‘flexible’  than Blogspot. But, unfortunately you need to have WordPress on another server to use these plugins.
  • Blogging via e-mail is not possible by default. I don’t know whether there are any plugins available to help you in that. If you know any such plugins please comment on it. (EDIT:- Blogging via e-mail is possible in wordpress.com, sorry for the wrong info I posted and please excuse my ignorance.)
  • Blogs at WordPress (in this server) are available via https:// (Secure http). Some more privacy, helpful sometimes when Wordpress site is blocked. Its really a nice thing to have this encrypted connection.
  • This basic installation of WordPress in this server also gives a different blogging experience. It tracks the inbound clicks, out-going clicks, other stats.It even tracks the comments I made with this wordpress account.
  • Tag Surfer is just another cool feature of WordPress which enables you to surf related blogs with similar tags you made in your blog.

The Verdict

Undoubtedly we can say, WordPress is the best especially when you are not blogging for money. WordPress performs at its best when installed on another server. Though, blogspot has its own advantages like ‘blogging through e-mail’ , I go for WordPress for its versatility. And, that is one of the reasons why I opted for WordPress to start my English blog.

And the blogspot bloggers need not worry. In WordPress, there is an option to export their ‘blogs with comments’ into WordPress platform.

UPDATE :- This is another review by smmellott , Google Blogger vs. WordPress. Check that too.

UPDATE:- Read this article, Of Blogging… and About it! by Amit Haralalka

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