Thanks to a concerned stamp collector from the UK who emailed me the information. It seems somebody had stolen one of my photos of a Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach), then used it erroneously as a photo of a White-fronted Falconet in a stamp issued by Malaysia!
Here's my photo as appearing in my website.
Posted below are a poster of the Malaysian stamp as posted at Facebook as well as comparison crops from the poster and my photo.
Whoever did this has committed two grave wrongs:
1. Stealing my photo and using it without permission; and 2. Serious ignorance, as the White-fronted Falconet looks very different from a Long-tailed Shrike.
I’m sure the Malaysian Government wouldn’t knowingly sanction this despicable act (which should be very embarrassing to them), and I hope they will investigate who did this and rectify the error.
Link to the same post in my Pbase gallery that contains large versions of the photos.
Romy Ocon Wild Bird Photographer Manila, Philippines, October 30, 2013
Post by Rob Hutchinson on Oct 31, 2013 10:47:16 GMT
That's really sad Romy, the photo is quite blatantly yours, you can even clearly see the white area on the belly where they have cloned out your water mark! I think your only change you be to take legal advice and try to sue the Malaysian Postal Service but I would expect that to be a very long and expensive process unfortunately. I had a similar problem about 5 years ago when the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Malaysia used my photo of Palawan Peacock Pheasant (labelled as a Malaysian Peacock Pheasant!) in their promotional material for Taman Negara their. I never received a single response to my letters of complaint and my requests for a meeting with any of the national park managements was continually refused. Unfortunately I didn't have the funds to take legal action. Good luck and hope we can see some justice done in this case.
This is really sad :-( I hope that whoever is in charge at the Malaysian post office gets in touch with you and that you can settle this nicely and that whoever is at fault will be fired or charged for whatever laws he or she has broken.
What stinkers!!! I hope they get to the bottom of this and they better apologise to you! Mikeli and I will be going to Bangkok next month and when I see the people from the Malaysian Nature Society I will tell them I am greatly disappointed in what Malaysia did to your picture!!!!
Yep, this is surely the same image. Romy, not the first time one of yours have been falsely attributed. I recall another one, a sunbird if my recollection serves me right, that I first found on TrekNature.
Hi Romy, our friends from the Malaysian Nature Society were trying to get in touch with you but I was out of the office the whole day and did not check their mail until this morning. Sorry ! Good that they already are in touch with you. Rest assured that the MNS is just as disappointed with what the Malaysian Post did.
Under-fire Pos Malaysia yanks stamp posters off Facebook, says probing theft
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 — Pos Malaysia has removed all promotional posters of its new “Visit Malaysia Year 2014” stamp collection from its Facebook account, saying it is investigating claims that the stamp series featured stolen work.
Following an online storm over allegations of intellectual property theft, Pos Malaysia’s Stamp and Philately Unit also expressed hope that it would be able to resolve the matter by Monday.