I was at the Diwali Mela in Sunnyvale, CA this weekend. Buzzing crowd, colorful decor, beautifully dressed people, lots of shops varying from clothes to artwork and not to mention, food stalls. We were in a group looking through what to eat in each stall and here I come across Biryani Bowl – Paratha Point both owned by the same owner, Praveen who is also a dish network provider and comes as a guest speaker to promote dish network on 1170AM radio channel as well. Wow, what do I see on their stall? Aloo Tikki picture from my blog without any permission or whatsoever from me. I did the hard work of making the dish, taking the picture and posting it and here these people. steal my picture without any shame and posted it on their “Today’s Specials”. I spotted the picture right away and asked them. The excuse they gave me was, they were in a hurry to setup the food stall and downloaded the picture.
They have no clue of what copyright violation means until someone sues them. Our group decided not to do business there and went ahead and ate at other stalls.
So, fellow blogger’s, beware of restaurants like these who don’t care for others hard work and simply steal to promote their business.