Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Carlos Keyes Red Entertainment Agency
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Lisa Goodman
Date of Submission:
- 20 March 2017
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
Let’s analyse this fake DMCA notice –
According to the DMCA filed by ‘Lisa Goodman’, pollstarpro.com copied an article she wrote on her random/free/anonymous blog at weebly.com.
Yes, ofcourse, the blog happened to have a single article, which was magically copied without consent.
So, we approached Pollstarpro.com to ascertain why they stole this valuable article from Lisa. This is not done (:wink :wink).
Unfortunately, Pollstarpro.com has no idea about these fake DMCAs. They’re investigating this as we speak and will surely publish their side of the story soon.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
It is the same old story. A firm has a negative news article published against it way back in 2004. It ranks high on Google and hurts their reputation as well as business. Here is a copy of it –
Keyes Slipping Into The Red
New York agent Carlos Keyes and his Red Entertainment are being chased for money by a number of artist managers including Simon Watson, who wants $50,000 on behalf of Belinda Carlisle.
Watson’s already obtained a summary judgment for the money, which he says is the balance due from the former Go-Go singer’s 2013 tour of South America. Although the tour ended late last summer, Watson says Keyes’ Red Entertainment has been stalling on the payments. Watson says before the end of the month, lawyers acting on the ’80s hitmaker’s behalf will go to the New York Supreme Court to enforce the summary judgment. If they’re successful, Carlisle may be in a position to seize Keyes’ assets.
Keyes told Pollstar April 24 he would sort out Carlisle’s payment by the end of that day, but 24 hours later Watson said a post-dated check for $10,000 he’d received from Keyes in January had failed to clear.
However, on the same day, Keyes made good that part of the debt by wiring $10,000 to cover the amount. He says he’s speaking to Watson and working out a new plan for the remaining outstanding payments.
“Belinda has had to spend several thousand dollars in legal fees just to get to this point,” Watson told Pollstar. “According to the confession of judgment Carlos signed, he was meant to have paid Belinda in full by March 6, which clearly didn’t happen,” he said.
“They [Red], on the other hand, have received their $16,000 agency commission from the shows we did in South America and they’ve kept it – so, they got paid and we didn’t.”
Watson says he’s disappointed about being “ripped off” by the artist’s agent as they’re the people you trust to take care of the artist’s interests.Former Red Entertainment agent Rick Shoor says that before he left to join Paradise Artists in February, he was telling promoters not to send their 50 percent deposits to the company because he wasn’t confident it would reach the acts.
Shoor, who took his roster to Paradise, says the financial problems at Red were one of the main reasons he left. He says Red still owes him $12,500. Prior to Red Entertainment, Shoor worked at Frontier Booking International. Although Keyes denies being chased by other artists, Joseph Stopps from KML Music – which manages Howard Jones – says Red still owes the act $22,000 for a U.S. tour that ended last summer.
Eddie Lundon from Liverpool-based new wave act China Crisis, which last year toured the U.S. and Canada as a three-piece, says that for six months Red has owed the $2,000 or so balance.
“We won’t be working with him again because you don’t work with someone who doesn’t pay you,” Lundon explained, saying that in the future the act will be working through Shoor and Paradise. Flock Of Seagulls says it’s owed $31,000. Claude Stirilio of U.S. synthpop act Anything Box says the band’s still owed the balance for last November’s date in El Paso, Texas, a late addition to its U.S. tour. Apparently it’s not just artists that are waiting for their money. Manila-based promoter Jesse Cambosa paid in advance the full $10,000 fee for a Wang Chung show, which was pulled by the artist because one of the tour party was ill.
That was in December, but despite several reminders Cambosa says he still hasn’t had his money returned.
That story has now been updated, and you can read about it at https://www.pollstar.com/article/booking-agent-carlos-keyes-facing-27m-judgment-in-film-funding-case-135771
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.