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Copyright Clash: ‘Humans of Bombay’ Defends Lawsuit Amidst Controversy

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Humans of Bombay was launched by Karishma Mehta in 2014. (Photo: Karishma Mehta/X formerly Twitter)

A legal battle between ‘Humans of Bombay’ (HOB) and ‘People of India’ (POI) has stirred up a storm on social media, with renowned storyteller Brandon Stanton, the creator of ‘Humans of New York’ (HONY), entering the fray.

HOB recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against POI, accusing them of replicating a significant amount of images and videos from their Instagram page. This dispute has prompted questions about content ownership and ethical storytelling on digital platforms.

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In response to the controversy, HOB took to Twitter to clarify their stance, emphasizing that their lawsuit is not against storytelling itself but rather aimed at protecting their intellectual property rights. They expressed gratitude to Brandon Stanton and HONY for pioneering the storytelling movement but stressed that their legal action pertains to the unauthorized use of their content.

Brandon Stanton weighed in on the matter, expressing concerns about the monetization of storytelling. He acknowledged the significance of sharing stories but questioned the ethics of treating individuals’ narratives as a primary source of revenue.

HOB’s decision to take legal action has sparked a broader conversation about content creators’ rights and the responsible use of narratives on social media platforms. The case highlights the importance of transparency and ethical practices in storytelling.

As the dispute unfolds, it underscores the need for a balance between creative expression and content protection in the digital age. The online community continues to engage in discussions surrounding this complex issue, emphasizing the importance of respecting intellectual property rights while promoting the power of storytelling conducted with honesty and ethics.

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