I’ve got a funny story to tell you

So a a few days ago, , the host where our web is/was hosted received a letter from MTL Blog and promptly forwarded it to us with 24-48 hours to comply. This is why www.stopmtlblog.com has a notice of complaint message and all the content was taken down. The good thing is we never paid or put any personal info for that host. The bad news is I know the person who was hosting me and they were not happy. So after some scouring of the web and a round or 2 of drinks later all is well in the world. We have this new domain name and hosting. Both of which are rather difficult to be taken down. Sadly it’s not free and in the future, I will write on why you should never host web sites in North America. Content is fully backed up but sadly this site is slower, oh well…

So you may be asking how did this happen? Who did this? Well MTL Blog’s CEO sent a complaint email to the host and they said the following:

 

email complaint screengrab

letter part 2

The irony is not lost on me, that a company that rips off the Intellectual property of newspapers, writers, bloggers, content producers, and photographers is crying foul and using the claim of trademark infringement.  I also find it hilarious that they just registered their trademark a few days ago as you can see here. Or take a look at the screen grab to see the dates where it says filed 2014-07-21.

trademark

 

As we sign off for the weekend, we would like to ask for your help. Changing hosts isn’t easy or cheap. If you want to, please send us some money, and because we keep everything anonymous, we will be accepting donations in bitcoins. I call it the Bitcoin legal and hosting fund. First we pay the hosting company bills, then we save up for lawyers. A more detailed explanation can be found here. So anything you send that can help defray the costs incurred in this move and possible lawyer fees are welcome. As well, please share via social media.

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Here is the text of their email it’s in 2 parts the 1st one and a follow up. I have taken the liberty to make the links point to two of my favourite parody sites Blog Mtl and  MTL Blog.sexy  any links to MTL Blog are just wrong.

Here is the original text it was sent in 2 emails, They actually messed up and send the one they wanted to send re: Blog Mtl. It makes sense that since they get their stories wrong on their site, they would get their complaint wrong in an email.

Hi,
>
> This is my formal trademark infringement claim for stopmtlblog.com
>
> Physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf
> of the trademark owner.
> Charles Lapointe
> CEO
> MTL Blog
>
> Identification of the trademarked work claimed to have been infringed or a
> representative list if multiple works are involved.
> Domain name, name & content
>
> http://www.mtlblog.com/
>
> http://www.ic.gc.ca/app/opic-cipo/trdmrks/srch/vwTrdmrk.do?lang=eng&status=&fileNumber=1686087&extension=0&startingDocumentIndexOnPage=1
>
> Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing that
> should be removed or access to disabled and information reasonably
> sufficient to enable the online service provider to locate the material
> (usually a URL to the relevant page with description of items on that page
> claimed to be infringing).
>
> Domain name, name & content
> http://www.stopmtlblog.com/
>
> Information reasonably sufficient to allow the online service provider to
> contact the complaining party (address, phone number, e-mail address).
>
> *With guidance from my lawyer*
>
> We have received multiple complaints from many users that think that this
> blog is our site (they call themselves Blog MTL). It is a misleading,
> ironic, sarcastic and slander website created by a group of individuals
> that want to ruin our reputation with local clients and users (in Montreal,
> Canada).
>
> Our company and website is MTL Blog, Inc (http://www.mtlblog.com) and we
> need this site removed as soon as possible. It is affecting the credibility
> of our business and thus affecting our ad revenue and potential client
> growth.
>
> If you cannot take it down, we will need to file an injunction against
> BlueHost to know the identity of the creators to be able to file an
> injunction against them afterwards.
>
> Statement that the complaining party has “a good faith belief that use of
> the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the trademark
> owner, its agent or the law.”
>
> I have good faith to believe that the creator of this website does not
> have the power or authorization to wrongfully accuse of stealing content
> and using our trademark in their domain name.
>
> Statement that the information in the notice is accurate, and under
> penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on
> behalf of the trademark owner.
>
> As the CEO and applicant of the trademark application, I have
> authorization to act on behalf of my organization to file this trademark
> infringement.
>
>
>
> Please let me know if you have any questions and if I can assist you with
> anything else going forward in our request.
>
> Thank you,
>
>

“It has come to our attention that we have a group of local individuals who
wish to destroy our reputation and brand through public slandering and
display of false information about our brand. Stopmtlblog.com not only
infringes on our trademark but is using its name to spread out defamation
about our product and company.

Our company and website is MTL Blog, Inc (http://www.mtlblog.com) and we
need this site removed as soon as possible. It is affecting the credibility
of our business and thus affecting our ad revenue and potential client
growth.

If you cannot take it down, we will need to file an injunction against
BlueHost to know the identity of the creators to be able to file an
injunction against them afterwards.

Thanks again and feel free to reach out to me for any additional questions.

 

—-That was part 1—-

—This is the follow up—

Sorry, I would like to make modifications to this claim:

Information reasonably sufficient to allow the online service provider to
contact the complaining party (address, phone number, e-mail address).

*With guidance from my lawyer*

It has come to our attention that we have a group of local individuals who
wish to destroy our reputation and brand through public slandering and
display of false information about our brand. Stopmtlblog.com not only
infringes on our trademark but is using its name to spread out defamation
about our product and company.

Our company and website is MTL Blog, Inc (http://www.mtlblog.com) and we
need this site removed as soon as possible. It is affecting the credibility
of our business and thus affecting our ad revenue and potential client
growth.

If you cannot take it down, we will need to file an injunction against
BlueHost to know the identity of the creators to be able to file an
injunction against them afterwards.

2 thoughts on “I’ve got a funny story to tell you”

  1. In the services section of the trademark file: “services of providing a website reporting on and reviewing trends, lifestyles, restaurants, and cultural events in Montreal.”

    It’s a PR promotions website. Getting a business to pay for you to show up and write about them is not “reporting” nor is it “reviewing.” It’s a FUCKING PAID ADVERTISEMENT.

    Can’t somebody hack this fraud of a “newspaper” blog off the face of the internet? Is this kind of “reporting” even legal in Canada?!

    WTF.

    P.S., whoever you are behind this operation, you are so badass and awesome. You’ll make fine babies one day, if you haven’t already.

    P.P.S., Seriously. Spread your genes. I beg you.

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