Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Anthony R Ianniello
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Albany Times Union
Date of Submission:
- October 28, 2015
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
Let us examine this rather smart attempt at fake DMCA –
A legitimate looking DMCA claim, stating that the original content was published on https://unified-communications.tmcnet.com . We suppose it’s plausible. But then we read through the article and find out that the copyright belonged to Albany Times Union, a News Agency which has nothing to do with this website.
This is the copyright disclaimer on the article itself –
So we decided to email Brendan and check for ourselves. And to no one’s surprise, he has no idea about this DMCA notice, and confirmed that it is fake.
The fact that someone impersonated Albany Times Union, set up a website and filed a fake DMCA is a serious crime in itself.
And this was not the only fake DMCA they filed. Here’s another one – https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/11466537
Same modus-operandi –
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
This, posted on Ripoff Report –
If you Google “Expose Corrupt Courts” you can read about attorney Anthony R. Ianniello. The article written by Brendan Lyons of the Albany Times Union newspaper explains Anthony Ianniello’s involvement as one of the attorney’s involved in a multi million dollar scam perpetrated by a series of people in in the capital region. Ianniello used his attorney’s escrow account to to take in money that was generated from the scheme. He than used that money to purchase a house, a Porsche and other assets for his client that was later sentenced to federal prison. After reading the article, it begs the question; why didn’t Ianniello get charged with money laundering? One theory is that Ianniello cooperated with the fed’s on a very large level. It has been said that he turned in his then wife, Mary Fox Ianniello, for her involvement in a mortgage scheme as part of his deal with the fed’s to win his way out of an indictment. Brendan Lyons’s article clearly shows that Ianniello testified against his own client, and it is assumed that he provided information to the fed’s regarding the other players in the scheme as well.
While most of the players in this wild display of greed went to prison, Ianniello walked away free as a little bird. He’s law office continues to represent banks at real estate closings. The question is, why would a lending institution want to do business with a character like Ianniello? Would you trust your personal information with him?
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.