Picture Published In The Star Today – Without Credit

Once again The Star does what it seems to do consistently, publish a picture without any credit at all. Unlike the Malay Mail who published a blog article of mine without permission then printed an apology.

This issue with The Star has also been discussed in depth on Shutter Asia:

Malaysian Newspapers and Photo Credits

RAGE also used my pictures before without credit.

Anyway here’s the article and picture of Hannah Tan in The Star today on page 3.

Hannah Tan - The Star

Here’s the article online: Catch Hannah Tan at the movies and another picture used without credit in the DailyChlli version – Agent Hannah is Gonna Get You

The original photoshoot is here and the pic used below.

Hannah Tan in Genting

Oh well, I hope The Star learns their lesson and starts crediting soon. Even in the worst case they should put “Picture courtesy of Hannah Tan” but they don’t put anything at all implying they own the picture.

Which they definitely don’t, I do. I gave permission for Hannah to use the picture for editorial publication on the grounds that the picture is always credited. So it’s not her fault because I know she tells them what to put for the picture byline.

If you think this is wrong, please write to The Star editor and complain, feel free to cite this blog post.




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22 Responses to Picture Published In The Star Today – Without Credit

  1. Tian Chad October 13, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    Is it will always like this? =.=”

  2. KY October 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    standard practice by them? lol

  3. stopwhining October 13, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    Do you expect to be credited in a society that lives on piracy? Dream on.

    Why should the newspaper accord you a credit when we cheat others of royalties and all that? When we stick pictures on a blog which we haven’t paid for either. When we buy pirated DVDs?

  4. Jess October 13, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    wot the fuck gareth! have they really no proper standardization for this? what a complete rip off! rrrrrrightt.. they just wanna get the credit for their article ey. cant take their own photos so they gotta rip other peoples?

    for chrissake! they’re our leading national daily! -_-

  5. SomeGuy October 13, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    They removed the watermark?

  6. saimatkong October 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    yup, that’s not right man. I think tomorrow they will do the apology like that malay mail? haha lol

  7. ndru October 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    The Star better credit you soon. Thats not quite ethical for them to do so.. or in the first place, are they are credible paper?

  8. Kenny Ng October 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    It happens to me before too, but was 14 years ago… still can sue ah?

  9. TZ October 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    ouch! they just crop away your blog address and publish…
    I think you should raise your concern and get the apologize from Star publicly…

  10. moons October 13, 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    Tsk tsk tsk.. here comes the standard Malaysian attitude. Take something belonging to others, edit it, and assume it as theirs.

    Pretty sad to see it happen even with a large news publication like The Star.

    It is just deja vu over and over again, just like the case with the UPM lecturers who wrote a guide book and never cited the original authors.. and so many more.

    Sometimes I just amazes me as to how these people even rise to their current position.

  11. zeapleonia October 13, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    You should take action. The Nation needs to be reminded.

  12. dragoncity October 13, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    Can sue them?

  13. Elle Zhang October 14, 2009 at 7:21 am #

    Omg the CHEEK!

  14. Ming October 14, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    I did intellectual property law in the UK and Australia and this is precisely why we do not have adequate IP protection in this country. The press while calling out for their own freedoms do not even respect the individual rights of other people. The fact of the matter is, it forces you to then consider leaving all your photos watermarked to ensure you keep what rightfully is yours in the first place. This very basic infringement is not only shameful and distressing, it is also very rude to begin with.

    I most certainly will write the to thestar newspaper.
    It is sad that there are many many considerate and civic minded Malaysians who do consider the implications of their actions.

    Stopwhining is also correct too. But omitting to point out to the press is not right.
    Yes blogs may post pictures of things that are not theirs, but many blogs do not even have the readership close to what a publication like the star has, hence they need to have a higher standard of care placed on them.

    However as he said it is still not right whatever the case may be, but people still do it.

  15. Brad F. October 15, 2009 at 4:12 am #

    I put a big watermark on all my photos now. In some cases, it’s unsightly, but at least I don’t have to worry about someone taking what’s mine and profiting from it.

  16. ColinJong October 16, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    It seems that thestar has removed the watermark without cropping. They must have edited the photos. Can you show us the watermark part and see how thestar removed it? Terrible! No wonder I always see some bloggers put their watermark across the important part in their photos.

  17. ShaolinTiger October 22, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    I think you’re all a bit confused between permission and credit, they had permission to publish the picture and they had an high-res unmarked version from Hannah herself. But the conditions to publish were that they credit me, which they didn’t.

    stopwhining: Did you see any pictures on my blog that aren’t mine or aren’t credited? Have you seen my original DVD collection? I agree the culture here tends to piracy, but that’s no excuse for the mainstream media to have such a lack of respect for intellectual property.

  18. Myhorng October 31, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    bcos it is a nice pic 😉

  19. ShaolinTiger November 3, 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    Myhorng: Yah loh, what to do.

  20. iesnek November 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    I have very little respect for The Star when it comes to IP or their usage other people’s images.

    They took pictures of a group of me n college mates abt 5 years ago for an article they said was abt pre-uni courses. The photographer said it was a one-off thing so we agreed. (National newspaper supplement mah)

    Imagine my amusement 2 and a 1/2 years later, after graduating, a client called me up and asked why I’d become the poster boy for a college student truancy article. 😉

    I comfort myself with the thought that at least it wasn’t an article abt STD’s amongst college youth.

  21. ShaolinTiger November 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    iesnek: Yah it’s not the first time and I’m certainly not the only person it has happened to. It seems once your picture is inside their picture archive they conveniently forget to credit you if they re-use it.

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