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…