Artist alleges plagiarism, seeks compensation

MANGALORE, FEB. 26. Theertharam Valalambe, a city-based artist, has accused the district administration of indulging in plagiarism by using a two-year old artwork created by him without his permission, on posters and hoardings to publicise the ongoing "Karavali Utsav 2004".

He told presspersons here on Saturday that by using the artwork, the district administration had infringed upon his intellectual property right.

He said he had created the artwork in September 2001 for a souvenir titled "New millennium arthroplasty conference" released at a medical conference of the Indian Arthroplasty Association. The conference was held from September 28 to 30, 2001, under the auspices of the K. S. Hegde Medical Academy and the Hospital Research and Diagnostic Centre in Mangalore, he said.

He alleged that the authorities concerned who were hosting the utsav had used the artwork without consulting the editor of the souvenir or him. "This is in violation of my intellectual property right. It should not happen to any other artist in future,'' he said.

Mr. Valalambe demanded that the authorities concerned apologise to him within a week and provide compensation for using the artwork, failing which Mr. Valalambe warned that he and other artists and the members of the editorial board of the souvenir would intensify their struggle.

If the authorities concerned did not respond soon, "it may become inevitable to initiate legal action against them", he said.