I wrote a fairly strongly worded e-mail to the Malay Mail to question their behavior and asked what they planned to do about the copyright infringement. Surprisingly they replied quickly, politely and professionally (unlike some other Malaysian publications). An excerpt of the e-mail recieved.
My sincere apologies and thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.
No excuses — the publication of both your blog posts without prior permission is definitely not condoned and neither is it a practise of Malay Mail to use articles without necessary permission.
I have investigated the matter and yes, absolutely — no matter how taken up the reporter responsible for the article was with your writings — we should not have used them without your prior consent.
She has been severely reprimanded for the unethical use of your postings and for the lack of professionalism displayed.
We take this infringement very seriously and I am offering to publish an apology in the Cyberspot page soonest to acknowledge the pieces were used without permission
And today the apology was published.
I’d like to commend the Malay Mail on their professional response and their respect for intellectual property. More publications and generally more people in Malaysia need to be aware of intellectual property and how important it is.
I still see many bloggers using copyrighted pictures without permission and without credit (some quite ‘popular‘ bloggers too), they think if they can find it on Google images it’s fair game. In fact what they should do if they really want to illustrate their posts with others work is search Flickr for images licensed under Creative Commons. Then all they have to do is credit the photographer and it’s all legal and good.
Anyway it’s good to see some people taking this seriously, I hope more follow suit! Thanks to Sheila Rahman.