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Either the Yellowpages people (Mobilcom and Wanadoo?) or the Ministry of Tourism.
So yesterday, I was paging through the latest issue of the Yellow Pages and looking at the section on Jordan, when I found this very familiar looking image.
I mean, of course it’s familiar, I took it last summer when I went to Syria with my grandfather! For a few minutes I thought that perhaps its just an eerily similar picture, because no one had asked for my permission to put it in print and the picture wasn’t taken in Jordan anyway. When I went home and though and checked, I indeed confirmed that it was the picture I took last year of the psuedo mansaf in Damascus that I thought was rather funny (because it is NOTHING like the Jordanian mansaf), but now, my picture of the psuedo-Mansaf is being advertised in a section entitled “The Art of Traditional Jordanian Cooking”!!!
I don’t know whether to laugh or have a pissfit.
They even went ahead and copyrighted it,
Here’s the original picture as posted on this blog on July 18th, 2005:
The worst part? THE PICTURE WAS NOT EVEN TAKEN IN JORDAN! (In Syria, last year)
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So after everyone’s advice, I decided to go ahead and email the Yellow Pages, because after checking the Ministry’s website of photographs, I decided that it is most probably the folks over at the Yellow Pages practicing intellectual propery theft.
I also decided to publish the email,
It has come to my attention that the print version of the 2006 edition of the Jordan Yellow Pages (Tourism) makes use of some of my creative content (a photograph) without my permission. Please review the image used in page titled “Enjoy your visit” under “The Art of the Traditional Kitchen”.
Intellectual property theft is a serious issue that Jordan has recently been trying to combat and it is very unfortunate that such a reputable company is practicing plagiarism in a very public and well disturbuted publication. I demand acknowledgment and compensation for both not taking my permission and for photographic services.
I will keep you updated.