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.
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.
Just another example of MTL Blog ripping off content from other bloggers and content creators.
Dumplings, we all love them as does MTL Blog. The only thing they seem to love more is stealing photos. This time it’s a lovely dumpling pic from The Main’s Battle Dumpling article.
As you can see the main has a nice picture and thorough article on Dumplings in Montreal, published back in 2013.
But wait, what’s this, the same picture on MTL Blog with no citation mention done in a 2014 article.
Here’s what will likely happen. If the man has an issue they will contact MTL Blog. MTL Blog will blame some intern, then put a link after the fact. This is not the 1st time nor will it be the last. Feel free to read our last post regarding other bloggers who had their photos stolen MULTIPLE times.
Playing the blame the intern card or oops we got it from Google and didn’t know game is like a cheating partner saying they won’t do it again and then they go out and do it again, multiple times over.
Here’s a rule of thumb to help avoid this: ASK FOR PERMISSION BEFORE POSTING. Assume your picture does not belong to you and ask the content creator if you can use it. It’s just an email or tweet away, often they will say yes.
Some bloggers have contacted MTL Blog in the past regarding their photos being used without consent. In some cases, all they want is recognition and a link pointing to the source. You know like when you write a paper and have to cite your work.
In regards to 2 photos being used without permission, Montreal Food Pictures got through to MTL Blog and asked to credit the photos and link back to the source.
In an email from Montreal Food Photos, they said, “The first time, the editor excused himself saying that the intern was clueless and didn’t know that she has to put credit. The second time, the editor did not apologize…”
The first incident was in April, the 2nd incident in May and the most recent one in June (see below).
As you can see there is no source mention on the above picture. If you look at the incidents you will notice that we have 1 every month and the excuse offered by MTL Blog staff of “the intern was clueless and didn’t know that she has to put credit“ is a lie to make it seem like they didn’t do anything bad. Pleading ignorance or that it was a simple mistake only works once, not multiple times, like in this case where the norm seems to be taking the photo without asking for it and the consolation prize is adding a citation and a link.
It’s important to note that MTL Blog makes money of off pictures because their text based content is so short. In fact, the pickle post is only 57 words, compared to the 372 words in the original post by Montreal Food Picture. I mean, only 57 words, I’ve seen txt messages longer than that.
I think a comment made by Montreal Food Pictures best summarizes the frustration by those who have their photos stolen.
“You can’t imagine how much effort I put in to take pictures and put some finishing touches. I have been learning food photography for over 5 years, trying to improve myself every day in taking better pictures. It sucks for a person who takes my pic without crediting, without being considerate how much effort that has been put into this work.”
Sometimes MTL Blog must drink on the job or be really busy huffing paint because this so called “article,” lovingly titled “Tornado Warning Issued For Montreal – Hold on to your dicks because things are about to get stormy: ” is classic link baiting and 100% false. You can read some of the comments at the bottom of the post.
Some of my favourites are:
“Why is there no other source for this warning? literally no other source on the internet.”
“This is a DANGEROUS post in many ways, There is NOTHING in any of the weather charts or official sources to say that Tornadoes will occur, Warnings from Environment Canada are issued when threatening weather IS occurring not if it might.
There are people who are scared of thunderstorms and this post does NOTHING to ease that fear, posts like this are also why people DO NOT listen to official warnings when they are issued.
Being a qualified weather observer and someone who knows a lot about Meteorology, I suggest you think before scaring people for no reason.”
“mtlblog seems to be the only “source” predicting Tornadoes in Montreal. MétéoMédia on the other hand says that there will be 20-30mm of rain over a 16 hour period, with possibly storms in the afternoon and evening with 15km/h winds. If, however a tornado does pass through Montreal tomorrow, I will eat my words and apologize publicly, and award this site the meteorologist of the year.”
So if by tornado they mean rain, then yes, it did rain. It also rained many times since and apparently it snows in the winter too. I wonder what kind of meteorological condition they will come up with in winter? I also included a video since MTL Blog apparently doesn’t read or check its facts. I should warn you, it is 2:50 so if you work at or read MTL Blog this may be 2:45 too long and full of those annoying things called facts.
I also want to take the time to highlight the problem with posts like this by MTL Blog. People may think they are an actual news site. Ask any journalist, read any of their posts and you will see that they are not real news, they are more gossip and page fillers with the intent to sell banner ads.
Ok so your friends like Mtl Blog and keep sharing their rather UN-original and offensive posts, such as this sexist and awful GEM
Or this UN-original post on dating Montreal men or in this case white hipsters (I could have sworn Montreal had some ethnic diversity)
So it’s clear your friends are douchebags. Douchebags aren’t real people so you can rip into them for being douchebags. Some of them don’t even like being referred to as douchebags so there is a chance they may snap out of it and become normal people. Meanwhile, while they are still in their douche bag period here is a helpful link that will show you all your friends on Facebook that follow MTL Blog and you can post it as well as this link asking people to un-follow MTL Blog. If you use the word douchebag in the post maybe your friends will feel ashamed as well and change their ways and you will have done your good deed for the month. Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/browse/friended_fans_of/?page_id=254768477928383
Here is some logic as to why we ask people to UN-follow MTL Blog. MTL Blog is ranked site #256 in Canada as per Alexa. This is bad because it means people are reading this trash. In fact they spend 2:53 minutes on average on this site. The majority of their traffic, 46% comes from Facebook and their second highest source is Google at a lowly 7.3%. This means that almost all of their traffic comes from Facebook. So if people un-follow MTL Blog on Facebook they will starve and get less traffic. Less traffic means less advertising money. Do the math. Spread the word, Stop MTL Blog.