Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Fair Play: Boxing and WWW thieves

I FINALLY got to see a boxing match again-- Michael Katsidis against Hugo Ramirez, a bloke who was so stingy with his punches he seemed like a bank affected by the global crisis.

I was all smiles when I was told as I got to the venue, "You're Mike Limpag?  I though you were much older."

I sat next to the commentator's bench, just behind Dyan Castillejo (She looks a lot younger in person) in a nice blue dress, while in the other corner, a hot blonde in a killer black dress was busy clicking away.

As the main event was about to start, the three round girls took their position.

In Round 1, two guys fight, then Round Girl No. 1 showed her deft touch in holding up the card, with her arms forming a nice V.  Three more minutes of fighting, then Round Girl No. 2, who was about two inches taller and a shade or two darker than the first girl, took her turn.

Somebody got deducted a point in Round 3, and I think another went down, then Round Girl No. 3 showed her deft head movement in evading a blow from referee Bruce McTavish.

The ref reached over to get one of the scorecards from one of the judges, and as he was turning to go to the other judge, Round Girl No. 3 went pass him.  She was about to get hit by the ref's wayward arm but she deftly bobbed. I waited for a replay of the move on the widescreen but instead, they just show two guys fighting.

After a few more rounds of action, interrupted only by the fighting, the decision was read, somebody won, and hot blonde in the killer dress stood in front of the press box, clicking away, while Castillejo climbed the ring to interview the boxer.

When Katsidis got down, he was mobbed and while a few guys were taking pictures, one girl barged in and grabbed him for a picture. I also spotted ABS-CBN's Kara Noveda waiting for an interview. Hmmm, was Cecille Quibod just around the corner?

I wanted to chronicle more action and interviewing the blonde lady was a top option—you see, seeing a fight through a lady's eye is a tool rarely used in sportswriting--but unfortunately, I had to rush to the office to write the story.

WWW THIEVES.  I wrote in my previous column that one of the reasons why I don't write much about the Aboitiz Cup was that my column, aside from other reports in our paper, get posted in the Aboitiz Cup website sans permission and acknowledgement.  One column got mangled, while a report I co-wrote appeared in that site sans my name.

Cofekat (cofekat@gmail.com) dropped a comment in my blog and said, "That's the downside of this 'copy and paste' IT magic, it's so easy to copy others' work and claim it as their own. Stealing stories, grabbing photos. Please think of the author who sacrificed time and effort to come up with a story or an action photo. We should give basic courtesy and respect to these people."

"The owners of that website surely know about copyrights. They are a prestigious company. The website, instead of promoting their name, seems to project a bad image. World Wide Web thieves?"


I really don't know why the Aboitiz Cup website doesn't acknowledge where they get the news content. A few months back, I got a rather nice e-mail from a guy (jed.mendoza@aboitizland.com) asking if I could e-mail him my stories so their site would have content.

After counting to 10 and controlling the urge to e-mail storm him, I gave him a few tips and told him that if ever they carry internet reports, it was important to acknowledge the source of their material.

That advice was disregarded. Instead, the site has other people's work under its supposedly monthly news releases.  And in the bottom of the page there is this: "Aboitiz Football Cup Copyright 2008.  All Rights Reserved."

1 comment:

Mike Limpag said...

Checked the Aboitiz Cup website, they have finally acknowledged their source