Rajan Parrikar Photo Blog

“Up For Grabs”

Sweet jalebi.

Over a year ago, I was dismayed to find out that two of my photographs (featured elsewhere on this blog) had been published without my permission or prior knowledge in a well-known Indian newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both the digital and print editions carried the photos.

I promptly sent a message followed by an invoice of my license fees to the person identified in the byline. This “senior journalist” claimed she was under the assumption that “…blogged photos which do not display a copyright mark are up for grabs, as long as they are attributed. [emphasis added]” The first image below brings to mind the words of this shameless, grubby ‘journalist.’

These photos were taken at a jalebi shack in Udaipur, Rajasthan, in 2006.

Jalebi in Udaipur market

Up for grabs
5D, 24-105L

Making jalebi - Udaipur market

Not up for grabs (fruits of someone else’s labour)
5D, 24-105L

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