Little did Karishma Mehta, the founder of Humans of Bombay, realise that her copyright claim against People of India will leave her exposed on social media. Mehta was exposed by none other than the creator of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton, for stealing his concept to launch profit-making Humans of Bombay.
It all started with a news that Mehta had approached the Delhi High Court against ‘People of India’ for stealing the storytelling concept of Humans of Bombay. But, Stanton took to social media to reveal how Mehta’s platform, Humans of Bombay, itself was a copy of Humans of New York.
Stanton wrote, “I’ve stayed quiet on the appropriation of my work because I think @HumansOfBombay shares important stories, even if they’ve monetized far past anything I’d feel comfortable doing on HONY. But you can’t be suing people for what I’ve forgiven you for.”
Many social media users too took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to admire Mehta’s audacity for taking legal action against People of India for copying the concept of Humans of Bombay when the latter itself was a copy of Humans of New York.
Others accused Mehta of using her platform to promote the Hindutva agenda in the past.
Why most of the time Gujjus find their ways to spoil something very touching, beautiful, and emotional to make money and clout.
Karishma Mehta legit stole the idea and concept and monetized it by ‘selling’ Humans Of South Bombay stories. How delusional you can be to sue others. pic.twitter.com/TNE1BLjWGW
— Indian Gyaandu (@meme_startup) September 24, 2023
Humans of Bombay controversy explained. pic.twitter.com/I5xia5n45d
— Pulkit Kochar (@kocharpulkit) September 24, 2023
Those who are unaware of Humans of Bombay Story
Let me explain it for you
•Humans of Bombay, a social media page that claims to share heartwarming stories, recently decided to sue another page called PEOPLE OF INDIA for supposedly infringing on their Intellectual Property… pic.twitter.com/tJ3NMXcXR8
— Meedas Sahoo (@MeedasSahoo) September 24, 2023
Humans of Bombay copied Humans of New York but slapped copyright infringement on People of India is the reason why you shouldn’t trust a company’s about us page.
HOB’s intention isn’t to tell stories, it is to maximise profit. pic.twitter.com/PeTULRsItD
— Vibin Babuurajan 👋 (@vibinbaburajan) September 23, 2023
humans of bombay employees pic.twitter.com/TMz8yzrmV5
— vipin (@djfrankkie) September 24, 2023
Didn’t know Humans of Bombay was a heavily monetized, ad revenue driven page.
— Rituparna (@MasalaBai) September 24, 2023
‘Humans of Bombay’ suing ‘People of India’ for copyright infringement of an idea they themselves stole from ‘Humans of NewYork’ pic.twitter.com/Eg1t8JFKvR
— SwatKat💃 (@swatic12) September 24, 2023
good thing about being a certified hater is that i always thought humans of bombay is extremely cringe and i’m happy to be proved right once again, what a blessing i am truly
— Shreemi Verma (@shreemiverma) September 24, 2023
When I first saw “Humans of Bombay ” page ,I thought it was an Indian official chapter of “Humans of Newyork” .Later I came to realise that it was a rip off of the original. And now the suit they have filed against another page and that stupid letter to Brandon.Their audacity is… https://t.co/lE6rTpdZsI
— Shalin Maria Lawrence (@TheBluePen25) September 23, 2023
Humans of Bombay founder Karishma Mehta said that she got the idea of HOB “Completely randomly and out of the blue”.
— Adv Rahul Bhardwaj (@_rahulism_) September 24, 2023