Chowkidar BJP Steals Satish Acharya’s Cartoon, Removes His Signature
Earlier, the party was accused of lifting a startup’s template code without giving due credit.
After repeated allegations of intellectual property theft, the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has again been accused of trying to pass off a cartoon made by Satish Acharya, as their own.
The cartoonist shamed the political party’s Karnataka wing on twitter, alleging that the party had not asked for his permission before using his work.
Acharya also added that his signature was removed from the art work along with the link to his website that hosts his body of work
He specifically mentioned no credit was given to him.
— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) April 16, 2019
The saffron party of ‘chowkidars’ has emerged a repeat offender when it comes to intellectual property theft.
Last month, a web startup had accused the BJP of using their web template code for the saffron party’s official website, without giving credit.
A group of Hyderabad-based IT incubators have also claimed that they had obtained a trademark for the ‘One Nation One Card’ technology in 2012, which the Modi government later launched as its own, without respecting the IT firms’ rights. The startup has alleged that the Modi government is resorting to a regime of intellectual piracy by disempowering innovative incubation centres.