18/03/2015 2:04 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

OMG! Is the Home Screen Image Of Ola's Popular App Stolen?


Ola is one of India's most exciting start-up stories, rising from a standing start to a company valued at more than $1 billion in about four years.

But did the taxi-app company, the thorn in Uber's flesh in India, make a rookie error and steal a photograph from the internet to use as the home screen of their mobile app?

On Twitter, a Yahoo engineer, who works for the web company in Sunnyvale, California, has claimed that a photograph clicked by him was being by taxi service Ola Cabs on their app service on Apple and Android phones.

The photograph that had been shared on Flickr was taken on the outskirts of Bengaluru by the user in early January 2012. The user has listed the photograph under a license that disallows some rights reserved on Flickr. These rights contain the conditions that this particular image cannot be used for commercial purposes without the photographer's permission. Flickr's terms also state that the appropriate credit for the photo must be provided, and specify if any changes have been made.

Praveen also claimed that 'a guy' had contacted him for the photograph for Ola's app service in September last year.

His tweet sparked several comments, before eliciting a response from the taxi service on Twitter.

This was then followed by Ola asking the user to message them directly to clear the matter. Ola has not responded to our request for a comment.

Update: Ola has promised to make it right, says Praveen.

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