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Odisha woman, who has driven bookmobile 35,000 kms, accuses Facebook of stealing her concept

5/04/2021 at 12:29 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 5: Satabdi from Bhubaneswar has accused social media platform, Facebook of stealing her concept in its advertisement and said that Facebook has used the concept without her consent.

In a Facebook post Satabdi, the co-founder of independent bookstore ‘Walking BookFairs’ said, “I have been driving around India, in a bookmobile, for the last seven years. In the 35,000 km that I have driven my bookmobile, not one day has been without struggles. I have been detained in police stations for hours in the middle of jungles, faced rape and murder threats by goons of local politicians who own schools and universities, gone hungry and thirsty without a place to sleep, almost gotten myself killed on the highways of India – all because I drive that bookmobile, taking books to people.”

In all these years, not once have I come across anything or anyone you show in your ad – no Dhara, no people offering me tempos, no people who turn it magically into a bookmobile, no romantic pond side locations, absolutely nowhere you can park a bookmobile as you please, and no people who just turn up in hundreds to read books, she said in the post.

Many national and international media outlets, including BBC have covered their journey.  

The Facebook ad video shows, Dhara, a book lover, used to bring books from her friends and store them in her house. Later, someone on Facebook offered her a van for her books. After getting the vehicle from the Facebook Friends, Dhara now runs a mobile library on Sundays.

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