Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
American Truck Company
Links used for takedown:
Date of Submission:
4 May 16, 27 Apr 16
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
- We’ve combined two DMCA reports in the same investigation because we have reasons to believe that these fake DMCAs were filed by the same entity.
- According to the DMCA reports at Lumen Database, the 2 DMCAs were filed by –
- However, when we contacted them, they both had no idea of any DMCA report filed by them, or on behalf of them. Rest assured, they’ll be undertaking inquiries of their own and we shall see more news story covering these two fake DMCA, as well as ‘American Truck Company’.
- So the modus operandi is very straight forward –
- They post a random comment on the Ripoff Report page on 25th April, copied from an article by Alina Tugend @ NYTimes.
- On 4th May, they impersonate Alina Tugend and file a fake DMCA on Google and get the article removed.
- Similarly, for the other Ripoffreport –
- They post a random comment on the Ripoff Report on 22nd April, with content from Leanne Phillips’ article on legalzoom.com
- And within 5 days, they file a fake DMCA using Leanne’s identity.
- This model is perhaps more dangerous since it not only tries to cripple on someone’s intellectual property but uses criminal techniques like impersonation, identity theft and more. Imagine if Ripoffreport were to counter-sue Leanne Phillips or Alina Tugend over a legal issue ? When it involves identity theft and impersonation, it becomes serious.
- We’re considering turning over this case to higher authorities including DoJ and FBI, due to the brazenness and seriousness of this matter. American Truck Company must come forward and identify the personnel and services who might be involved in these fake DMCA.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
At this time, it seems that like any other company, American Truck Company has its own share of complaints, grievance and rants against them on multiple platforms online. Like any other company, it uses SEO and other techniques to promote the ‘positive content’ and suppress the negative ones. Except, that at some point, it because a little desperate and tried it’s hand on the ‘black hat methods’ using an agency, or perhaps their over-estimated PR team.
EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘American Truck Company’ has something to do with this fake DMCA. Couldn’t it be a coincidence ?’, we will say this – When someone goes and plants content, impersonates a journalist/author and submits fake DMCA to try and de-list some very targeted content on Google, it signals intent and a plan. It is obvious that ‘American Truck Company’ or someone they hired was directly involved in this crime. American Truck Company also cannot plead ignorance in this matter, since this notice on Google search is hard to miss, really.