Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

May 10, 2010

More plagiarism from the Saudi mainstream media

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 6:14 pm

It never ends, does it?

The following photo of Mohammed Abed Al-Jabri (Ar: محمد عابد الجابري‎), who died recently, was taken in 2009 by Fahd Alhazmi (فهد الحازمي).

The photo was taken during Riyadh Book Fair 2009 and posted here. Interesting note about the original photo, Mohammed’s eyes were closed and Fahd has edited the photo slightly.

Now it appeared in the following Saudi newspapers/news sites.

On Asharq Alawsat as well as their web site:

On Alarabiya’s news site:

AlRiyadh newspaper’s website:

Elaph news site:

A Moroccan newspaper did it twice: here and here.

Islam Today as well:

More details (in Arabic) at Fahd’s site.

April 25, 2010

Arabic discussion about intellectual property

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 3:00 am

Good timing especially after the unfortunate things that happened here (Arabic post) but not here (English version).

The issue of Arabic content and intellectual property is serious. We Saudis will never understand or come to terms with copy rights or intellectual properties because we were never taught that in school (thanks Essam). It starts with copying a homework.

That original issue should be resolved by simply saying “this is a quote” cause it’s a full quote from my post. Looks like “through SaudiMac” is enough. kbo.

Anyway, Jassim has started a public discussion in Arabic on his blog about intellectual property. Feel free to join the discussion.

April 24, 2010

AlEqtisadiah newspaper publishes a plagiarized article (Now Deleted)

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 6:52 pm

Update (26 April 2010): AlEqtisadiah has removed the article, nothing more. You can still find it if you searched for the cached version. Search for: cache: .

Update 2 (24 May 2010): AlEqtisadiah finally admitted and published a note about it here.

It is disappointing to see stuff like this. A well known Saudi newspaper published a plagiarized article.

Here’s the original post on March 18th 2009 titled “طعم النجاح.. خاطرة” and written by Muhammed Al-Saqaf.

Here’s the duplicate article on AlEqtisadiah newspaper on March 22nd 2010 titled “طعم النجاح” by Abdullah Alodaim. Adding a screen-shot:

Notice that most of the comments on AlEqtisadiah’s website has been censored!

April 2, 2010

Plagiarism is Hilarious!

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 7:27 pm

Someone told me that once. I think it’s true.

I am sad to see that this original post by Youssef on March 31st pictured here:

Was copied (I decided not to put a link to the plagiarized article) in this post on April 2nd. I will just put a picture instead of linking:

I am sad for Arabic content. Really I am.

Both articles talked about Seton Hill University’s plan to give all students an Apple iPad.

small update: the second post was deleted as expected.

October 13, 2009

Alyaum newspaper steals from a KAUST student blog

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 4:33 pm

This article on Alyaum “اليوم” Saudi newspaper was stolen from this blog post by Nathan, a student in KAUST.

Another intellectual property theft by a Saudi newspaper. All I can say is “فضحتونا قدام العالم”.


Via Indie Saudi.

Update: Nathan: “I do want accountability. What Al Yaum did was wrong, but the tone of the discussion is also wrong. Outrage does nothing to solve our problems and does everything to create even more.”

October 4, 2009

Al-Qabas newspaper plagiarizes an Arabic blog

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 1:01 am

Al-Qabas (a Kuwaiti newspaper) has published this article on their website. The article is an exact copy of this original post at Apple-WD with no reference to the source.


If regular newspapers don’t respect intellectual properties, who will?

September 23, 2009

Saudi newspaper ignores Creative Commons

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 12:01 am

Sabq is not the only “Saudi Online Newspaper” that steals content from content creators and never credits them.

Alweeam has ignored the Creative Commons: Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported mentioned here. The CC means that you are free to share under the condition that you should attribute the work.

They have embedded the following video (video take from Saudi Arabia’s National Day celebration in 2009) without any attribution.

Even Alarabiya news channel is doing it. Same video posted on their site (WMV video).

I shared a similar video last year here with attribution to it’s content owner of course.

August 12, 2009

Photograph theft by Sabq “online newspaper” – updated

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 11:18 am

Update: Sabq has removed the photograph without adding any statements regarding the issue. They also censored all comments about the stolen photograph. From now on I will call Sabq (سبق) “Sarq” (سرق) as in “theft”.

In a news post ironically about theft, Sabq has included an image taken from Yousef Raffah without his permission.


Yousef Raffah is a photographer living in Jeddah and this is not the first time his photos were stolen. This is the original photograph:


Sabq is an electronic newspaper in Arabic. They should respect intellectual properties and credit the photographer instead of stealing it like that.

July 18, 2009

Why don’t we give credit where credit is due?

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:12 pm

Why do we (generally Arabs, mainly Saudis) always go out of our way to not give credit? Look at this funny cartoon:


As you can see between the two cars, this image is made and copyrighted by “Daniel Bozet”.

However in this example the author took the time to crop out the credits from the image. Notice the crop lines between the cars:


This image was used on SaudiMac by Yara and she did not remove the credit. Riyan-C uploaded the image on flickr and he credited it as well.

This is a serious issue in our Arab community and we need to understand the basics of intellectual property.

Update: The link was removed by the request of the author of that post, he commented that he found the image like that.

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