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February 21st, 2009 91 Comments

Chef Al Rosas of Rosas Farm Steals Bloggers’ Pictures

Screenshot of Organicchefmonthly.com which contains stolen photograph(s)I just found out today that Chef Al Rosas of Rosas Farm, who stole my Nobu Cod picture (please read my “Open Letter to Those Who Steal“) also stole from Haalo of Cook (Almost) Anything At Least Once, but I was mostly appalled by the reply from Erin Rosas of Rosas Farm to Cook (Almost) Anything At Least Once:

“First 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. “

Tsk tsk tsk…(see the email advertisement with stolen photographs after the jump)

Please go read all about it at Cook (Almost) Anything At Least Once.

I went through his site and found out that Chef Al Rosas was interviewed by major magazine and newspaper (Florida Small Business, The Miami Herald) in Florida, The Boston Globe, and appeared on Daytime Show. I think it’s time these media learn about the rotten behaviors of team Rosas.

Now, can you trust these unscrupulous people for your organic food supply?

As of today, I haven’t received any replies from them regarding my stolen Nobu Cod picture on their e-mail newsletter, which I am sure they’d sold thousands or more using my picture.

A lot of hard work and soul goes into what I do and it’s so upsetting to have someone like Al Rosas steal from me, especially since he is successful and famous. I feel taken advantage of. I wonder how a company so unethical be in this so-called organic, all-natural, good-for-the earth business? I wonder if Al Rosas is taking shortcuts with his marketing, what other shortcuts must he be taking with his food, which ultimately ends up on our dinner plates? How can they be so mean when they preach “integrity” on their email?

I will leave you with the full screenshot of the email. Please click on the image to view the full size.

Rosas Farm stole my Nobu Cod pictureUpdated: Thanks to Haalo, obviously, the Eggplant Parmesan picture on Chef Al Rosa’s site is also stolen. The source is Delicious! Delicious!
Updated 1: The pork chop picture on the above email is stolen from BonAppetit.com, photographed by Noel Barnhurst.

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  1. Dave says:

    OMG, I can’t believe the reply to the other blog. That’s just so rude and arrogant. The thing about this is that when they get called out and lose face, they get so pissed off of being caught. Like duh, you should have known it better.

  2. NYMY says:

    If they think that the rice pudding picture was mediocre, why did they steal it in the first place?! I wonder how “organic” his products are, I am sure they lie about that, too. I wouldn’t be surprised.

  3. My Taste Heaven says:

    Unbelievable and shameless thief. Good news on Google as the world will know how bad his reputation is on the internet and will despise him. I love it that you show his picture so people will see and recognize his face.

    And his wife Eric Rosas is just plain rude. A person who can write such an email is civil or educated. I will never buy any products from them.

  4. kumes says:

    that is disgusting and unprofessional. i think you should contact the media, im sure they’d love a juicy story like this.

    the sheer cheek, to steal, then call it mediocre, hurl a personal insult, and then threaten….

    simply cant let them get away with this!!! just getting the pictures pulled is not enough.

    if a hawker stall owner stole ur pics and then made such comments, i can understand, because most of them are not very well educated….but these guys….who are supposedly running an organic business, its absolutely disgusting.

  5. Stingray says:

    im wondering if there is any way to get them to compensate you for using your work to make profit without your consent.

    you know, something like hand over a portion of profits made from that item or something, over the period which the image was used?

  6. Kitt says:

    Boo, hiss! How very rude and wrong.

    They’ll never get the business of any of the foodies I know, now. Passing the word.

  7. My Taste Heaven says:

    Correction on my comment, I meant that Erin Rosas is so uncivil and not educated. Shame on her remark.

  8. Tricia says:

    Hi Bee,

    Been awhile since I commented on your blog. Now, I only drool over your food porn!!!

    Anyway, reading all these copycat stuff makes me mad, especially the nerve of some people with their arrogant replies!

    I really question their abilities. They are such bullies!!!

    Don’t let him get off sooo easily! Go get them!!! We are all behind you!!!

    p/s: Will be going to KL for 3 months … can’t wait to try out some of your suggestions!

  9. malaysia classifieds says:

    The point is: there is no stopping on using other people’s pictures. Try use the google or yahoo image search. Anyone’s picture is listed there too. Well, using the word “mediocre” is not polite. I would suggest in future, out a small print of your name at the bottom of picture… like a copyright thing. There are problems in life that we can solve, but minimizing it would be the next best thing. Have a good day. We love your blog.

  10. Elizabeth Potts Weinstein says:

    ::putting on my lawyer hat::

    Since filing a suit is so expensive, first you may try contacting the site's hosting ISP & tell them that this site is infringing your copyrights. Some hosts will shut them down (some will do nothing, some will give them a chance to respond) — just a thought!

    @ElizabethPW

  11. Tomas says:

    The quickest and easiest way to handle things like ripped off images is to send a DMCA takedown notice to the offending site’s host. I’ve had to do it more than once…

  12. noobcook says:

    This is an outrage, and the reply to Haalo is so arrogant and unprofessional. Suggestion: write to the various magazines, newspapers & tv media where they were featured to expose this?

  13. toontz says:

    Wow, what a reply. Nice guy. I will be passing this on…Tweeter here I come.

  14. Tomas says:

    Just to assist with a simple DMCA notice, here’s a blank form in .doc format one can use…

    http://www.dreamweaverresources.com/forms/copyright/DMCA_original.doc

    Hope that helps, folks!

    Tom

  15. Maria Cheung says:

    Woah, what a bunch of a holes. Besides the obvious wrong-doing of stealing the photos, what’s with the reply? People like this are just plain jerks and I hope they are taken to task.

    Your photos are great, and don’t deserve to be plastered around anywhere people feel like. Thanks for a great site, keep it coming!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Interestingly enough, in place of the raising rice pudding there is now a picture of the “lovely” couple with a bunch of chickens. Poetic with their behavior? I think so.

    Perhaps, since they bill themselves as “The Green Gurus” they think that they are recycling photographs of others instead of just making something and actually doing the work themselves.

    Pathetic.

  17. Diana says:

    It’s ironic that she accused you of “calling people names,” then turned around and called you a “petulant starving artist.” Food bloggers do have jobs, often full-time jobs, on the side.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I think maybe you should start putting your sig on all your pictures going forward to prevent this. Saves you a lot of problems. Even if they steal the image and attempt to modify it, the image they edit will lose a lot of resolution and not worth the effort to remove the sig.

    Linda

  19. Anonymous says:

    Oh my God! They are shameless and disgusting. They cannot be trusted. Please do not buy from them. Please inform all the media that interviewed them before. Please do that.

  20. sawhster says:

    Wow I love how the wife assumes just because other people do it, that it’s ok…

    Instead of doing her research and getting educated on internet etiquette, she becomes irate. [Sarcasm] Very classy [/Sarcasm]

    And if their business is so “successful”, you’d think they be able to afford a decent web designer…

    Unfortunately, from my own experience as an artist, if you win one battle, chances are, another culprit will surface. What others have recommended concerning watermarking your photos would be a good step. However they can easily crop the picture. You might have already looked into alternatives like preventing Google from indexing your pictures

    http://wphacks.com/how-to-prevent-google-from-indexing-your-images/

    as well as implementing some sort of right-click image downloading prevention script.

  21. Littlefrog says:

    That so called chef al rosas wrote: “….if you have time to do that you probably are still looking for work.”, you might as well wrote to him that: “If you have time to browse and stealing pictures, then you probably don’t have so many customers.”

    Way you go girl!! I give you my fully support!!!! It is just same like when people stealing my arts.

  22. Elaine says:

    TCH! That’s absolutely disgusting behavior. I can’t believe they still have the cheek to say that the picture they stole, used and refused to take down as “mediocre”. The irony is as hilarious as it is annoying.

  23. santos. says:

    you know, when someone replies in such a defensive, uncouth manner, they know they are wrong but do not have the guts to say so. you may think they are successful, but that response has proven that their “success” is not where it matters. So distasteful. Just remember you’ve acted civilly and responsibly, and in the long run, you’ll win out by being the better person (in more ways than one).

    to whomever said “the point is: there is no stopping on using other people’s pictures”, that is NOT the point. the point is, people *will* steal photos, and it is ALWAYS wrong. And as far as i can tell from that other website, the photo has been removed so yes, there *is* stopping them.

  24. Lisa says:

    contrary to common thought, a photographers images are always his property regardless of where he displays them. Therefore you could seek copyrights to the images he reproduced after the fact. You should look into it, and at least go to a local paper or small claims court.

    Facebook just lost their case and were told they had no rights to reproduce any pictures uploaded onto their site so why wouldn’t you?

  25. PeterS says:

    Stealing photography off the internet is an offence. While it is impossible to stop using images without permission (and payment), there are ways of either having the unlicensed photograph removed or paid for. Start with a strong, but not offensive letter to the owner of the website. Ask them to either remove the image immediately or pay a license fee to use it. I have heard from stock photographers that this generally works. If it does not, then are can take it further through the legal system. Stealing a photograph is against copyright law.

  26. Jay says:

    I suggest you read this:

    http://www.weddingphotographydirectory.com/wedding-photo/for-wedding-photographers/professional-articles/photo-copyright-protection.aspx

    Most of your photos do not have copyright notice or anything to that affect, except the most recent lettuce wrap with the “DON’T STEAL” footer caption.

    It’s unethical for them to take taken your photo w/o permission and using it for financial gain, but you might be SOL on this one.

  27. Jen Yu says:

    Bee, your property is your property and it IS protected by copyright law whether you have watermarks or not. These people are despicable and unethical. I say let their words speak for themselves and let the whole consumer market know about their “ethics”. I’ll be sure to inform my readers.

  28. bruleeblog says:

    RE: Jay – just because there’s no copyright notice on the photo doesn’t mean there’s no copyright. It just makes it harder to legally prove, especially if you are seeking compensation.

    Bee, have you talked to Jaden at Steamy Kitchen? She has contacts at Florida media outlets, and I think she posted about a regular hosting gig on the Daytime Show….

  29. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Hi all –

    Thanks for your comments and support.

    I have filed the email in question to Constant Contact, their email marketing provider. Their compliance team will be reviewing this offense.

    I will also file a compliant to Better Business Bureau to expose Rosas Farms unethical acts.

    Yes, I have been working with Jaden at Steamy Kitchen, she is helping me to alert all media outlets in Florida and more. A few bloggers also repost this on their blogs to alert their readers about Rosas Farm.

    While we will never eradicate such thievery, I believe that collectively, we can make the food bloggin environs better if we work together. We will make our voice heard.

    Thanks so much for the comments and support, again!

  30. Loren says:

    @Jay: That’s not true. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. There is no requirement to explicitly mention the copyright. If one wants to seek damages and compensation, then copyright registration is required, but otherwise it is not necessary.

    http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html

  31. Eric Johston, Miami FLA says:

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. I would bet even money that arrogant thieves who work in the ‘organic’ arena cut corners wherever it suits them, so caveat emptor. You shouldn’t deal with people you can’t trust, and these poeple have proven they can’t be trusted-in spades.

    Shame on you, Rosas. You’re a disgusting disgrace.

  32. Poor Man's Feast says:

    My strong (very strong) suggestion is that you file a formal complaint against this yutz via the ASJA. Not sure if you’re in the US, but I don’t think it matters because Rosas is. Exposure by shame is heady stuff. Good luck to you, and let me know how it turns out. I had a major food magazine swipe directly from my cookbook, so the gauntlet is down.

  33. Poor Man's Feast says:

    Go here for more info
    http://www.asja.org/

  34. Anonymous says:

    Wow! These people are ridiculous with their blatant copy right infringements.

    I just googled some of the other picture they have posted up now and all are stolen as well…ie eggplant lasagna, burger and scrambled eggs.

    That is so wrong! I think everyone that had their photos stolen should go after these peopl and get their site shut down.

  35. Anonymous says:

    OMG. Can’t believe someone has the audacity to be so rude after blatantly stealing.

    If they’re taking pics from other bloggers, I wonder if they also stole from stock image companies. If so, hope someone can report them. Let’s see how well they respond when multi-million dollar companies comes knocking with their own on-staff suite of lawyers.

    These plagiarists are just bullys. Let’s see how they take on someone their size or bigger.

  36. Nate-n-Annie says:

    I have an idea but am wondering about the feasibility. Let’s say you upload your pics to a stock photography website for for sale. The images are your property but are they also protected by the stock photography company’s license policies as well?

    Just wondering.

  37. Jay says:

    I stand corrected. But the violators did comply in the end and removed her photos. Not sure if it is worth it to try to go after them.

  38. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Jay – I really have a sneaky feeling that you are operating here on behalf of Rosas. Regardless of whether or not they removed the pictures in question, they SHOULD NOT HAVE STOLEN those pictures in the first place, for crying out loud, he is a chef that people look up to and a supposedly do-gooder-save-the-planet-save-the-world-green-guru. And the fact that they stole from multiple websites is just utterly wrong to begin with. By the way, while other copyright pictures are mostly removed, I had yet to receive any responses regarding my Nobu Cod picture. Shouldn’t I at least receive a response by now when I had sent not less than 3 emails to them?!

    There is no forgiving as to what they did. Period.

  39. billy@ATFT says:

    If your pic is so mediocre, then why he need to steal and use it if he is so flipping professional?! Talking about mediocre, omg, their site is really hideous with cut and paste of “stolen” images all over.

    I actually do not think the Rosas are that famous from the outlook. Yes they do get some interviewed now and again from the media, but who doesn’t these days with those 5 second of fame?

    The foodie community on internet is rather small, and I truly believe behaviour of misconduct like rosas will really ruin their reputations in long run.

  40. Precious Pea says:

    Goodness…what kind of reply was that?! How rude! I suggest you start putting watermark from now on. All your photos too nice and hard to resist. There are just too many people taking advantage on other people’s work. Tsk tsk tsk..shame on them!

  41. Jay says:

    Trust me. That’s so far from the truth. I’m just a fellow Malaysia who enjoys looking at your food stories via the RSS feed.

    I tried to sue the parents of some kids who broke my personal property once in small claims court but in the end it wasn’t worth the trouble over $500 or so.

    Good luck if you do try to pursue this legally.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Keep up the fight! Your work is awesome.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Dear Bee

    I am a fellow malaysian living in Sydney and an avid follower of your website. It does not surprise me that pictures like yours are utilised by unscrupulous people without the courtesy of acknowledgement. It demonstrates the condition of our fellow humans namely the lack of ethics and respect that we accord to one another. I would suggest that one way of getting public attention to this is to write a letter to the Editor of a local newspaper where Rosas operate providing the relevant links and the like. Hopefully, they will publich this and it will be so much more effective as it targets his customer and highlights the nature of these people. Good luck.

    Cheers

  44. Anonymous says:

    You should digitally watermark your phoos, makes it harder for people to steal them. Just a suggestion. Hope all is well.

  45. OkiHwn says:

    They really have NO CLASS! But what goes around will come around! They’ll get theirs.

    You go girl!

  46. Nicisme says:

    I’ve seen it happen so many times recently, I don’t know what’s wrong with these people I really don’t…

  47. backStreetGluttons says:

    I believe if you have the proof ( as only a proper lawyer can say it )that he did indeed steal from you , then you should , as he is unrepentant and arrogant , sue him and get back your integrity and teach him and the likes of him a good lesson ! If I understand the strict legal framework in the USA regarding plagiarism/copyright correctly you have the upperhand.

    toni
    KL

  48. Cynthia says:

    I am blinded with anger at their rude response. Gosh, some people have no scruples. These people are thieves!

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