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Al Rosas ~ The Organic Content Thief(TM)

Few things infuriate food bloggers like rampant theft of their hard work. A great example of what they are talking about happened just this weekend, where a twat waffle (or his wife) were caught nicking photos from a couple very famous blogs.

You would think that a simple letter asking gently to remove protected work from the offending site would be enough. You see, a decent person would just bite the bullet, take down the offending content, and post an appology. Not in this case. Twat Waffle’s wife has something to say:

“First (sic) of all your mediocre photo is all over the internet. You go ahead and seek further action, if you have time to do that you probably are still looking for work. Don’t threaten me and I’d govern yourself accordingly when calling people names and making allegations or you might find yourself on the other end of a libel suit you petulant starving artist. “

Excellent comeback, in a business-like fashion, too! </end dripping sarcasm>

First: Mediocre? If this is a case, hire someone to take the photo of your food, take down the crappy photo, and end the story!

Second: Does anyone sense irony when in the same sentence, “I’d govern yourself accordingly when calling people names … you might find yourself on the other end of a libel suit you petulant starving artist?”

Third: They even went ahead and trademarked the term “Organic Chef.” No stranger to copyright and infringement, you would think that they would be clear on what happens when a nice food blogger like Low from rasamalaysia.com or Haalo of cookalmostanything.blogspot.com asks gently to remove blatently infringing work.

Al Rosas has been profiled on Chef2Chef, several magazines, and has his own site. It seems like all the aforementioned verbal garbage has come from Erin, his wife. Thing is, he married her, so basically, he is her. They both are buying into this practice. I have lost respect for this guy, and I know that I will not be buying any produce from him anytime soon.

I will just add one quick point here: The whole food blogging world is on fire, and everyone seems to have a story about “how they were ripped off.” In the case of Low and Haalo, there is no question. In other cases, like when someone is talking about their “precious” recipe? That is a post for tomorrow…

Until then!

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • Jason Rine February 24, 2009, 8:01 pm

    Al Rosas and Rosas Farm – what an unethical business.
    You’d think that someone with the name “Organic Chef” would be more mindful of doing what’s right.

  • jasonsandeman February 24, 2009, 8:45 pm

    I could not agree with you more. The core of the organic argument is being able to prove where your produce comes from by documentation (if necessary.) This is why the faux pas the Rosas have commited really makes no sense.

  • Sasha February 25, 2009, 3:58 am

    From her words, she’s kinda UNEDUCATED. Shame on you Rosas team!!! Stealing other people’s property to earn money while you call the owner as a “petulant starving artist” who is starving??
    I’ll spread the word.

  • Organic Products Online March 15, 2009, 3:43 am

    Love your post!! Finally someone got it right!!! Would you mind if I put a blogroll link back to your post? :)

  • Teresa March 22, 2009, 7:03 pm

    Mr and Mrs Rosas are a menace and a scourge inflicted upon the town of Ocala. They are both con artists who operate in concert with Mrs Rosas as the mastermind. I have known them since they moved to Ocala. Their message is typical of how they operate by fear and by threatening legal action. Both are marginally educated as their resume will show. The language in the message is loud, vulgar and grammatically wrong. They have close to twenty law suits against people in the local area including physicians and attorneys. Mrs Rosas claims to be a medical research expert but has no credentials to prove it. She works as a stooge for several attorneys bringing frivolous law suits to their attention and then demands a commission from them. SHE IS ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND PERMANENT DISABILITY FOR A MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS WHILE WORKING FULL TIME AND HARRASSING PEOPLE. IT IS ABOUT TIME THEY WERE EXPOSED.

  • jasonsandeman March 22, 2009, 8:55 pm

    Well, consider this a good place to tell it to the world! I cannot abide by the actions of this couple. (Mr. Rosas is by extension, as I do not see him taking any accountability for his wife’s actions, so perhaps he condones them.) Thank you for letting us know what is really happening out in Ocala!

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