Reporting events MTL Blog style

So a while ago MTL Blog started making a move towards “reporting” news.  Now, as those words get read, journalists everywhere shed a tear as what they love gets associated to an aggregating trashy local buzzfeed. You can see some of their attempts to make a shift have an image of a news site by reporting spotting of  famous people  people or writing about Montreal based issues like air BnB.

In both cases, they stole / borrowed heavily from legitimate news organizations. So one of the constant content streams from MTL Blog is covering parties. I mean other sites do it and quite well.
Nightlife has been doing it for ages as well as CultMTL for shows. So we weren’t too shocked when we saw that MTL Blog charges for covering certain events. Their rate card is below, although there are no listed prices.

MTL BLOG RATE CARD

 

Although someone pointed out  recently that a rate card with prices had slipped out a while ago. The tumblr page Fucknomontreal posted a copy a while ago and the rates range from $80 to $160.  Now this is an older rate card and odds are the rate has gone up.

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Some of the requirements are funny:

  1. The photo album needs to be shared via your official Facebook and Twitter channels the next day.
  2. We will not accept to cover any party/club events under 150 attendees.
  3. Cancellation fee: If the event is cancelled for any reason, there are less [sic] people than expected, and/or the photographer is sent home for any reason, the payment will still be due regardless. MTL Blog must be informed 24hrs in advance if the event is cancelled.

I mean I guess if you want that 18-24  Cegep and undergrad demographic, this is money well wasted. There’s also the added benefit of being associated with a site that steals its content.

Although implying that it does event coverage and having people think it’s media is wrong, they are charging people for publicity, which is a PR company, plain and simple.

The danger is the more and more content they push and move toward some kind of news outlet, people will think that they are real media and are covering news. Putting news in the hands of a PR company is a dangerous thing. They have already made posts that are mysogynist, as well as fake news to stir up interest and traffic. So imagine what happens when they wiggle their way and get people to think that they are actual news, or heaven forbid, legitimate.

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

 

 

 

MLT Blog doesn’t like it when you hurt their feelings

So recently on of our favourite parody sites SooMTL had their facebook page taken down. Although Facebook never says why, it’s likely related to the action by MTL Blog as we experienced when their complaint letter took down the server we used to be hosted on. You can read up on all the messy details here.

fb take down sooonotmlt

 


In fact the complaint letter we received was sent twice, the first time MTL Blog got the facts wrong (much like their articles) and confused us for Blog Mtl aka SooMTL. Here is an excerpt of their email (do note that I changed the url destination on their site name since no one should ever end up on that site).

“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.”

letter part 2

We had a feeling they were going to go after SooMtl so we reached out to them and let them know. Now taking down something on facebook isn’t impossible although next on their target is their web site. It’s hosted on wordpress so that in theory should require a little more rigour and being a parody site is not a crime, in fact in this case their posts are more enjoyable than MTL Blogs. I’m a particular fan of the top 10 Mtl although I also love the Chad references.

It’s refreshing to see that MTL Blog now has a value for intellectual property. You know that thing they often disregard when they take content from other people without asking for it or referencing it. For examples, feel free to look here, here, here, here….  You get my drift.

The good news is that SooMTL has a new Facebook page,  twitter and instagram account.account. Bad news is that MTL Blog will likely keep trying to shut them down. Maybe someone out there should complain to their host and Facebook regarding stolen content. You can look them up on their whois record although they use cloudflare for DNS so it’s a little harder to find the server. But there a mechanism for copyright infringement cases, you just need to read up on it, good luck you will need it for that.

As a parting gift we just notice something and figured we should share it with you. We discovered that there are other domains registered to the same package. We saw some other sites registered to the same IP. The one called chucksbrand seemed like a lifestyle site based on MTL Blogs CEO’s name. Not sure if it’s a future project or an old project and the dailybabe.co is not up yet but we can assume that it will be 100% class.

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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:

 

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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.

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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.

bitcoin donation QR Code

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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.

MLT Blogs sorry not sorry apology letter

So here is a more in depth recap of MTL Blogs “A Love Letter To Montreal” or as others have been calling it, the sorry not sorry apology.

The first thing I noticed is this is long, like really long. MTL Blog never writes this much so it seems that people’s complaints are not falling on deaf ears.

So yesterday we briefly went over this gem of a letter and gave an initial gut feeling on this Love Letter To Montreal as well as a link to the Twitter responses you can read that post here.

So lets take a closer look at some of their claims and apply logic and reason, i.e. expose the lies.

MTL Blog apology letter

Let’s start with “We are sorry to any we have led astray, or made weary with informational/grammatical errors. A small team of only several individuals, we lack the resources to ensure perfection in the plethora of content pumped out each day, yet we should regardless. Continue to keep us honest, because under your watchful eye we will be ever vigilant to maintain a level of excellence fitting of your viewership.”

OK so we all know they can’t spell and maybe the small army of 29 people working there in some fashion can’t spell either apparently. One would assume with such a “small team” this would not be an issue, even if you remove the photographers and only focus on content producers (I have issues calling them writers) then you should be able to get a competent editor or 2.  I mean, they aren’t checking for facts or that photos aren’t stolen, so what exactly are they doing?

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Now I can’t help laughing at the part they say “to maintain a level of excellence fitting of your viewership.” So when they say viewership, who do they mean? Well since their audience is mainly from Facebook, which constitutes around 70% of their traffic, we can safely make that assumption. One of the nice things about Facebook is that you can see stats on Facebook pages. So when we see that the age group is 18-24, this reinforces our theory that this site is targeted to Cegep kids and University kids.

FB Stats

They get to addressing the part where they have been stealing bloggers content as well as media stories and repackaging them. Well sort of … “We are sorry to any and all in the Montreal community, from artists to fellow media contributors, for whom we have slighted, in any form. The ethics of the internet are ever-evolving, and our lack of initial experience on the subject has led to unacceptable errors on our end, creating a rift between ourselves and certain others. We have taken note of your griefs and concerns, and know we will do all in our power to remake our relationships into an equal exchange, where all can benefit. Help us to improve, and so will you.”

Here is a tip on how to help them improve. Stop stealing stuff. Ask permission before taking pictures. If you find it on Google, look where it comes from, there’s a source for everything. Also there are services out there than scan images for the original copyright holder. You should try using them. In fact, look at all your food posts and assume they are stolen. You can narrow it down further and look at articles from Bledstein/Joseph, Fulginiti and D’Alimonte. Those are the 3 whom we get the most results for in terms of posts with stolen images or stolen / re-edited content. What’s odd is that Bledstein (or Joseph as he switches names) has journalism experience with the McGill Tribune so one would assume he would know better but his posts are loaded with stolen pics. Fulginiti is a blogger herself  with a food site (http://agrowingappetite.me/) and of all the people MTL Blog pissed off, bloggers are up in arms over their content being stolen. It’s sad one of their own is part of the problem.  As for D’Alimonte, all I can say is I hope you don’t plan a future in real journalism because many reporters already hate you, trust me, I get their emails.

 For anyone working or considering working for MTL Blog consider this, you are in poor company and if you think it’s good to have on your CV, think twice as it will not open any industry doors if they look at the content on the site and MTL Blog’s poor track record.

Rounding out our last section is this doozy “Lastly, we are truly sorry to any we may have offended with our content. Displeasure among our viewership is never our intent, and at times we have seemed insensitive and altogether crass and uneducated. We will never hold back our thoughts or opinions, but we understand the emotion certain topics and themes can invoke, and so, moving forward, we will always think about how you will feel, and not solely use our own personal perspective when sharing across our network.”

 All I have to say is why is this post still up? What does it have to do with Montreal? Why are you such douchebags? If you really care how people feel, take it down.

mtl blog no class

 

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

As a bonus here’s some of the comments from the initial post. Normally we don’t suggest you ever go to MTL Blog which on the reasons we use screen grabs, but the comments on their post are pure old. Here are some exerts so you get an idea of peoples frustration.

“This is such a long-winded half apology. Being “youthful and inexperienced” isn’t an excuse for lacking basic research and editing skills. Let’s call it what it is: laziness. Righting your wrongs is something you should’ve done a long time ago. If a reader points out a mistake, whether it big or small, fix it and make sure it never happens again! So simple. And don’t be so bold as to rebuke anyone who challenges you. Point is, you could’ve avoided having to write a post like this. Regardless, I wish you luck and hope you achieve credibility.”

“Yes, the ethics of the internet are ever-evolving. Because in ancient times there was no law or ethics or common sense; ’twas a Sodom and Gomorrah of content theft, neighbour pillaging neighbour, Judean blogger, Galilean photographer and Samaritan tumblr alike; until the Webmaster Moses came unto them with a tablet device full of commandments and terms of service and said unto them THOU SHALT NOT SIMPLY COPY-PASTE, PLUS THERE’S THAT LOGIC AND GRAMMAR THING but lo, they did not heed in their prideful wickedness; and verily did the Lawyers smite them with the hammer of DMCA.”
“This is an incredibly pretentious and terribly written piece. It veers between overt self-congratulation, pointless floridity, and unconvincing humblebraggy apologies.I never had a huge problem with MTLBlog. Sure, it was full of errors (both grammatical and, more concerningly, factual) and most of the content was useless fluff seemingly designed for 19-year-old McGill kids straight out of rez who were looking for cool things to do in the city. But a select few of the articles were entertaining and I legitimately learned about a lot of interesting events through it. Montreal has so many things happening that we’re in desperate need of a good blog that collects some of the best ones for us.But to respond to the genuine criticism of the site with this is just inexplicable to me. You didn’t need to write an open letter taking single-handed credit for bringing about “a level of adoration and glory for Montreal unseen for many decades,” you just need to hire a goddamn copy editor–or at least have SOMEONE read over the articles once or twice before hitting “publish.” Also, vaguely fact-checking the things you write would be appreciated.I genuinely hope you guys can turn this blog into something awesome. Best of luck.

EDIT: Oh, wait, just realized you guys are getting hated on because you stole content and photographs from other websites, not just for posting shitty articles. Screw you guys.”

 

 

 

 

MTL Blog and their non apology

So MTL Blog posted its apology letter or, as they call it, love letter to Montreal with the title of “You’re welcome, and we’re sorry.”

I’m on vacation with limited internet so I will keep this reply short. It’s barely an apology and the Twitter comments on this are golden.

Feel free to click on this link for the twitter blow up.

The first few paragraphs are basically them professing how great they are and how they are changing/challenging the media establishment – “we’ve proven anyone can disrupt the media monopoly and social dynamics built and enforced by the generation of our elders.”

If by disrupting the media establishment they mean stealing other peoples images and content, then I guess they are right.

Let’s be clear, MTL Blog is not Vice Magazine, not Eater, they are not revolutionaries like Che Guevara. They are a very douchy version of Buzz Feed.

I love the part where they say, “Our unmatched knowledge of events, parties, and general goings-on has given you a new level of understanding of the city.”

I should point out that they charge for event coverage (rates aren’t public) but when other blogs do that, it’s called a sponsored post and it’s clearly stated. MTL Blog does not state anything regarding fees.
MTL BLOG RATE CARD

Here are some of our favourites Tweets

MTL BLOG too lazy to write its own stuff so steals from MTL Gazette

Original content, that is the key in web traffic. Google always says that content is king and engagement a close second. For those who don’t work in the industry, original content is not easy. It takes time, research and money. Engagement is easier to pull off because all you need is something entertaining and people will spend time on it.

So after having exhausted almost all of its permutations of Buzzfeed style lists like top 17 Ramen restaurants in Montreal, MTL Blog moved to stealing content. I do want to take this moment to say that anything beyond a top 5 (i.e top 17 is not a top anything list but rather just a list). Now back to this week’s theft by MTL Blog.
Take a look at the July 28 article from the Montreal Gazette
 where writer Colin Harris (an actual real journalist) clearly spent some time researching it and preparing and where an actual qualified editor reviewed it.

air b n b gazette

Then take a look at the MTL Blog post later on the same day. They took the idea and ran with it adding little original content. Normally we would expect them to not cite their source but this time they did. Which makes my job easier (so thank you). The only extra info they added was from another Gazette article on the fines which you can find here.

air b n b mtl blog

So why is this wrong you may ask. While this is not 100% plagiarism, this is recycling someone’s work (in the twitter-sphere we call that a RT). They glanced over the article, found some extra content, slapped it together and voila, original content on their site. This is a part of the SEO game for traffic and engagement. It fills pages and gets them greater ad revenue.

Now journalists have a code of ethics they must abide by and it can be found here. Here’s where it gets tricky. MTL Blog is not a newspaper nor do they have real reporters. They just provide content like a PR company. Although they give the impression that they report news with articles like this and subtle tips like having newspaper on their Facebook page.

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Journalist who have their hard work stolen/lifted aren’t rewarded for it. Do you think that Colin Harris wants to be associated to MTL Blog? Did they ask him or the Gazette to use their work? I mean imagine how you would feel if you spent time working on something and then someone stole it, changed it up a little and made money off of it?

Oh well, let’s file this under just another example of MTL Blog ripping off content from other journalists, bloggers, writers and content creators.

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

 

 

 

 

Virgin Radio 96 -Should know better

Today Virgin Radio 96‘s Facebook Page shared an MTL Blog post re: Jessica Biel. Now normally we complain about how MTL Blog steals photos and has questionable content but today we will call out Virgin Radio 96 for sharing and encouraging this.

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 When a legitimate media outlet like Virgin Radio 96 shares MTL Blog’s postings, they lend legitimacy to posts like this:
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Yup all class all the way… Good job Virgin 96.
As well, on a related note, the post from the Virgin Radio FB post has an embedded photo from the moment it was posted. That photo is no longer there because it belongs to Journal de Montreal.
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Now MTL Blog no longer has that pic up or links to Journal de Montreal. But when you post a link from FB, the image gets stuck in the post, it does not change unless you delete and re-post it. So Virgin Radio shows that photo was on the MTL Blog page. Someone at Journal de Montreal likely complained. We can’t tell for sure since we didn’t see the initial post, but MTL Blog’s poor track record and the Virgin 96 post would make us guess they stole that pic too.
This should not take away the fact that Virgin 96 should not be sharing and distributing content from a site that posts questionable content. Simply put, they are on par with a tabloid magazine in this instance. In fact, Le Journal the Montreal broke this story on July 23, while MTL Blog “broke” the story or, in this case, re-did it on July 24. Virgin should of just used the Journal de Montreal as their source, someone legitimate.

MLT Blog steal from La Presse

So on our last posting we spoke on how MTL Blog stole a pic from Resto Montreal, a large Montreal site. Now it seems that MTL Blog upped their game and went for a bigger fish and stole from La Presse.

In their “Spécialité falafel”, writer Eve Dumas has a write up on Falafel Freiha and a photo clearly credited to Marco Campanozzi, of La Presse. The article is dated 03 octobre 2011 and the photo credit is quite visible as you can see in the photo below.

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Now comes MTL Blog’s “Best Montreal Falafels” – all 20 of them. On  a personal note, picking 20 falafels in Montreal and calling them Best is not really a “best of” list. Usually people choose top 5 or top 3, not 20 spots which likely covers a good portion of places that serve falafels. I would also like to add that having a spot situated in Laval  (Falafel Freiha is situated on 3858 Boulevard Perron, Laval) is kind of nonsensical when you are doing a “Best Montreal Falafels”. . The Montreal part should be rather important.

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That being said, MTL Blog felt it would be nice to use the pic from La Presse (take a look at the screen grab above). Maybe they felt they wanted to feel like a real news organization so taking the pic would make them legitimate.  It’s more likely that they were lazy and sloppy as seen by the multiple instances of taking photos and not crediting them. Although I doubt that La Presse would allow their image to be used on another site which is kind of a competitor for web traffic.

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

 

MTL Blog steals from RestoMontreal

Sometimes MTL Blog impresses us by how lazy they can be and this time, they kicked it up a notch and stole not 1 but 2 pictures and not from small local bloggers but from RestoMontreal an actual business whose Legal notice starts with “WARNING: We take copyright infringement very seriously.” It’s a doozy and we included a screen shot in case you don’t feel like clicking on the link above and reading the whole thing.

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So in a less than inspiring article on MTL Blog, they did a “10 Montreal Middle Eastern Restaurants You Must Try Before You Die”. They felt that the pictures from RestoMontreal would add some credibility and style to their article. So why steal 1 pic when you can steal 2! First up is the food picture for Rumi. You can see it here and then after see the stolen/ un-cited one from MTL Blog.

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Next up is the exterior shot of Rumi the 1st being from RestoMontreal and the second screen grab is the same pic but on MTL Blog.

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Normally MTL Blog steals from small local bloggers. This time they decided to steal from someone much larger and organized. At least they don’t discriminate in who they steal content from.  Kudos to you, Mtl Blog, for not discriminating!

Although not a legal opinion, MTL Blog should consider asking for permission of copyrighted material especially when it is implicitly stated on that company’s web site. I mean MTL Blog may wonder why people get angry at them for stealing, maybe they need to realize that you need to ask for permission before using someone else’s content. The same way that stores get angry when you walk out without paying for stuff. Putting  a link to the source is a start but it does not imply consent of the use of the content. RestoMontreal likely paid someone to take those photos, they are clearly professional photos and those don’t come cheap.

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

 

MTL Blog Steals pic from Roasted

So today’s stolen content victim is local food blogger Roasted Montreal. who has an incredible site for food, parenting and is also a content writer for multiple other sites.

She has a good write up of Montreal’s popular Kazu along with plenty of photos, one of which is the Ramen Noodles with Pork pic seen below. This picture goes back to March 2011.

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Next on the block is the original photo but used on MTL Blog’s Ramen write up from May 2014, with no citation / source at all. In fact, most of this post is lacking any sources for the pictures and trust me, they can be found on other sites as original content.

 

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Just another example of MTL Blog ripping off content from other bloggers and content creators.

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

 

Only you can stop this trash