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Yahoo India (Sort Of) Apologizes For Stolen Recipe

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Almost two months ago, Yahoo India was accused of redistributing a woman’s recipes without her permission.  Now the company is apologizing (in a corporate-speak kind of way).  Yahoo is also blaming the incident on another business.

To be fair, Yahoo’s claims pretty much mesh with our past coverage of this story; its official statement today, as reported by PC World, stated that “[t]he content on Yahoo! India’s language portal is provided by Webdunia under the express representation that Webdunia has all the necessary rights and authorization for all the content provided by them.”

“When this incident was reported,” the company continued, “the recipe content was immediately removed to avoid any unnecessary conflict.”

It did take the corporation quite a while to makes it apology, however, which frustrated the woman, named Suryagayathri, at the center of this controversy.  CyberMedia India Online talked to her yesterday, at which point she had not hear from either Yahoo or Webdunia.

As in the past, she doesn’t want much of anything to do with them.  “Giving credit to what I write is not the question,” Suryagayathri proclaimed.  “[I]n fact I don’t want my content to appear (with or without credit) in that portal where they don’t honor copyrights.”

To return to Yahoo’s official semi-apology, we can only hope that the company will be more careful about this sort of thing in the future.  “Yahoo respects the blogging community and the etiquette followed by bloggers,” the statement read.  “We regret any inconvenience caused by the inadvertent posting of the recipe without attribution.”

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