Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Azerbaijan America Alliance
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Jenethan Andersan
Date of Submission:
- April 11, 2016
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
Let us analyze this series of fake DMCAs and how it exposes the disregard for law of Anar Mammadov – Azerbaijan America Alliance.
The fake DMCA was filed by our old friend, Jenethan Andersan. The genius working at an Indian Reputation Agency, who was outsourced this project by Anar Mammadov – Azerbaijan America Alliance.
Here’s the backdrop for the story. The original news article was published at Azerireport.com which seriously hurt Anar Mammadov – Azerbaijan America Alliance’s reputation. That article was later discussed on a discussion board armeniandiaspora.com . All this happened more than 12-13 yrs ago (2006 to be exact).
Now, the Reputation firm saw an opportunity when the original website Azerireport.com shut down in 2016. All they needed to do was to impersonate them and file a fake DMCA report which would have removed the only surviving copy of the article.
Even though this falls under fair use policy, Google removed that content from it’s search results.
However, we managed to get in touch with the original website’s owner and have since then confirmed that he had nothing to do with this fake DMCA.
We have therefore filed a counter-notice on Google, as well as republished the removed article here in all it’s glory.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
An unflattering news article at azerireport.com –
WASHINGTON DC. December 7, 2011: The Hill publication announced the arrival of another Azerbaijani lobbying group to the DC. Anar Mammadov, a young son of an Azeri oligarch/transport minister Ziya Mammadov, established a non-profit organization called the Azerbaijan America Alliance. “Founded by Anar Mammadov, a young Azerbaijani businessman and son of the country’s transportation minister, the Alliance hopes to highlight the ties between Azerbaijan and the United States, whether it’s through energy or national-security interests,” reported The Hill.
The Azerbaijan America Alliance is led by Anar Mammadov, Ziya Mammadov’s son and the chairman of the multi million dollar ZQAN Holding, and one other person – Khayal Sharifzade. Khayal Sharifzade is the board member of the ZQAN Holding and the former CEO of the Bank of Azerbaijan.
The Hill reported the following on the recent activities of the Azerbaijan America Alliance: “According to Justice Department records filed in May, the Alliance signed a $2.4 million, yearlong contract with the lobby firm Fabiani & Co. to conduct outreach in the United States. Jim Fabiani, a longtime GOP lobbyist and former chairman and CEO of Cassidy & Associates, is leading the effort.”
On the surface, the new lobbying group is aimed at counter-balancing the Armenian lobby organizations. However, the establishment of this “anti-Armenian lobby” organization coincides with the time when nothing significant is happening on the frontlines of the diplomatic standoff between Azerbaijan and Armenia, while at the same time a lot is going on a completely different field. A new wave of democratic movements is shaking the region in Azerbaijan’s neighborhood.
Azerbaijan itself has seen rising tensions as the democratic forces in the country started challenging the Aliyev regime more aggressively than ever since April this year.
Taking into account the terrible human rights record of the Azerbaijani government and the previous history of the lobbying groups established by the people close to the Azerbaijani government, it is safe to assume that the Azerbaijan America Alliance is more likely to lobby for the Aliyev regime than fight against the Armenian lobby in the US politics. The choice of a new face of the Azerbaijani government in the US is not without a controversy taking into account the long list
of misdeeds in Anar Mammadov’s young, yet eventful life (Azerireport).
You can read the entire review at – https://www.armeniandiaspora.com/showthread.php?274063-BAKU-quot-Bear-Grilling-quot-Son-Of-Azerbaijani-Transport-Minister-Establis
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.