Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, recently wished his 23 million Facebook fans a happy Diwali Festival — a five-day Hindu religious festival.
Modi's page used this Facebook photo. Dhanteras is the first day of the Diwali Festival. The only problem is Modi's social media team didn't take the photo, nor did they get the rights for it.
The original photo was taken by photographer Bimal Nepal and he didn't know the prime minister was going to be using his picture until it started going viral on Facebook.
"I have been contacted by the office of the Prime Minister in India, they said they got it free from third-party websites," Nepal told BuzzFeed News. "The Prime Minister's office is asking for free copyright to them for this image, so ridiculous."
Nepal told BuzzFeed News that he's currently considering getting legal advice. His photo has been shared over 40,000 times since Tuesday.
"This is a great opportunity to talk and solve our issue for intellectual property rights and copyright in this global digital age," Nepal said.
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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