Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- 42nd St Photo
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Rebecca Perring
Date of Submission:
- 09 December, 2016
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
The DMCA claims that the original article/review was written in 2005 at the URL – http://arctictimes.com/2005/11/28/is-42nd-st-photo-a-reputable-store-to-buy-camera-equipment/
Now it’s very easy to prove that this is a fake News Website, and that the article never existed in the first place, and was deliberately planted to add credibility to the DMCA.
The domain ‘arctictimes.com’ was registered in 2007 as shown in the WHOIS info below –
In fact, the website didn’t even exist 2 years ago. Look at the Web Archive – https://web.archive.org/web/20140517011028/http://arctictimes.com/ .
The copyright takedown notice was sent once the same review was copy-paste, and backdated on this fake website.
Currently, the website is dormant and nothing has been added. However, it’s interesting to analyze and figure out who else benefited from this fake News Website into sending other fake DMCA for illegal takedowns.
It looks like the handywork of a rogue reputation agency. There were 5 fake DMCA notices sent using this website –
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/11236865 New York Studio ‘THE’
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/13697509 Dr Shivani Gaur
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/13508866 John J. Cortale
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/10855306 A Drug Bust
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/13509027 42nd St Photo
These will be featured in upcoming reports.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
It is the same old story. A firm has a negative review at Yelp. It ranks high on Google and hurts their reputation as well as business.
Here’s a quote from the original review at Yelp –
Perhaps you are thinking of 47th St. Photo, which went into bankruptcy several years ago. It is hard to keep track of photo places, as some of them go out of business and then are reincarnated under another name. (However, among the many names used by this outfit has been “47 St. Audio & Photo”. I would be careful about shopping at unknown photo places in New York (especially the tourist traps along Fifth Avenue). I also would try to check out an unknown place on-line with the Better Business Bureau of New York. Even better is dealing with places that are members of the BBB. This way, if there is a complaint, the firm has agreed to abide by the rulings of a BBB hearing officer. I have been very happy with B&H Photo. Check out there BBB rating at http://www.bbbnewyork.org/
And 47th St. Photo did no good by trying a fraudulent method to confront these allegations. Now, we’re not so sure these allegations are fake.
WHAT IS A FAKE DMCA AND WHY ARE WE LISTED HERE ?
Soon after we published the first set of our investigation reports on fake DMCAs, we managed to generate interest from online media such as Techdirt, Adweek and Huffington Post. Some of the key stories included our revelations on Torrence Boone , MoneyLife.in, Julia Scelfo and aReputation. We also shared unpublished data and information with 3 different law agencies who looked into this scam.
And we got results. We dented this fake DMCA industry and made sure we act as deterrent to the rogue reputation firms indulged in these criminal practices. Here are some of the outcomes and changes we made possible with the help of several other citizen lawyers and agencies –
- Ripoff Report wipes out Google (fake) Removals with a stroke of genius ! Thank you Ed – at webactivism.com
- Court finds evidence of ‘fraud on the Court’ in one of the missing-defendant libel takedown cases – at washingtonpost.com
- Default judgment aimed at deindexing apparently accurate information about person convicted of sex offense – at washingtonpost.com
- Panic and desperation getting the better of rogue reputation services – at webactivism.com
- Google still deindexing some material found by courts to be defamatory — but it’s being more skeptical – at washingtonpost.com
- Google Apparently No Longer Humoring Court Orders To Delist Defamatory Content – at techdirt.com
- Paul Levy Discovers Head Of Reputation Management Company Signed Off On Forged/Fraudulent Court Docs – at techdirt.com
- Filing Bogus Lawsuits As Part Of A ‘Reputation Management’ Strategy Costs Firm $71,000 – at techdirt.com
- Richart Ruddie Settles anti-SLAPP Claims, Makes Restitution; but the Guilty Companies Remain Unpunished – at typepad.com
- Who Filed Fake Copyright Infringement Complaints Against AgencySpy? – at adweek.com
- The Dark Art of Fake DMCA Takedown Requests – at huffingtonpost.com
Fake Fraudulent DMCA might seem inconspicuous, until its you at the receiving end of this crime. This is not a prank. This is not an inconvenience. This is not random. These fake DMCA cases are calculated criminal schemes targeting very specific and rather important information/content. These hitjobs are usually against media, in order to help their clients hide important information from public’s eye, all in the name of Reputation Management. Millions of dollars are spent doing this, and if no one wants to bring this topic to the fore, we will.
Our team will not constantly monitor and publish these reports on a DAILY basis without fail. And we do not plan to publish and forget. We will take constructive steps in order to expose the faces behind this scam, and to try and undo the damages. AND IF YOU INDEED PART OF THIS SCAM, WE WILL ENSURE THAT YOU GET WHAT’S COMING YOUR WAY.