Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Fortis Property Group, Louis Kestenbaum & Joel Kestenbaum
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Simone Chiarelle
Date of Submission:
- September 25, 2017
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
Let us analyze this fake DMCA –
The fake DMCA was filed on September 25, 2017. Remember the date, since this is the key to revealing how this was executed.
Here are the copyright claims –
So the claim suggests that articles published originally at onehubof.iblogger.org, was republished on lostmessiah.com.
Here’s the twist though –
Scenario 1 – If we are we actually believe this DMCA, then the author(s) at lostmessiah.com have simply re-posted an interesting article from another source. They are therefore not accountable at all. It is therefore Simone Chiarelle at onehubof.iblogger.org that is responsible for this article.
Scenario 2 – However, if this were to be a fake DMCA, then crime(s) were committed to protect Fortis Property Group, Louis Kestenbaum & Joel Kestenbaum. These include perjury and fraud. Let us explain more –
A fake website was set up, and content was planted and backdated. The fake DMCAs were then filed against the platform WordPress.com, owned by Automattic Inc. And yes, they do not take this lightly and have sued before –
And the obvious beneficiaries of this fake DMCA are none other than Fortis Property Group, Louis Kestenbaum & Joel Kestenbaum. Why we are so confident in our accusation? Well, Once Is Chance, Twice is Coincidence, Third Time Is A Pattern.
We documented other fake DMCAs in the past , all related to this case –
What raised our suspicions was the fact that as soon as we contacted iblogger.org to try and find out more about this fake DMCA, their website was suddenly taken down in a hurry. All pages were submitted to Google for de-indexing. We are now in touch with the website host and have asked them to save a copy of client information for future investigation, if it comes to that.
We have secured the copies of those articles and have republished them with full fairness and credits at –
The ‘original’ article is still indexed in Google cache in case you want to have a look –
Now, let us be clear. We do not endorse these articles against Fortis Property Group, Louis Kestenbaum & Joel Kestenbaum. Our grief is against the methods employed to try and take them down. It does NOT work, and we’ll make sure of that.
So, if the person(s) responsible for writing these articles want us to taken them down using a valid DMCA, we’re okay with that.
So, all we require, is Mr. Simone Chiarelle of iblogger.org to email us a valid DMCA notice along with his photo ID, and we will do the needful.
Finally, since this is an investigative report on a fake DMCA, we will close by adding this last point –
The URL of the alleged ‘original’ article was http://onehubof.iblogger.org/2016/04/22/the-kestenbaum-family-1999-to-today-nothings-changed/ . The URL structure suggest that it was published on 22nd April 2016.
However, the forensic evidence, the feeds and the media dates on the website suggests that the first ever upload on that website was August 2017. Just a month prior to filing the fake DMCA. Here’s the first ever upload on that website according to it’s host – http://onehubof.iblogger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/B.png .
Here are (were) some more interesting articles planted on this fake website –
It seems this was carried out by a Rogue Reputation Agency based in India, probably outsourced by a Lawfirm in USA. It’ll be interesting to see who Fortis Property Group, Louis Kestenbaum & Joel Kestenbaum hired in 2017 for their Reputation Management, and what course of action was decided then.
Happy Hunting !
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
An unflattering article on Louis Kestenbaum , of Fortis Property Group, along with his brother Joel Kestenbaum, published on an anonymous blog – lostmessiah.wordpess.com. Although Webactivism.com is not in a position to ascertain the authenticity of the accuracy in these 2 articles which were illegally taken down, we must understand that using illegal method to remove online content surely gives rise to their credibility. What is it that is making the Kesterbaums so nervous and want to do everything possible (and illegal) to have these articles removed? If they are false in nature, you can always approach the courts and sue. If someone were to accuse us of sexual misconduct, we’d be furious and would want action taken. What we will never do, is sneakingly try and commit perjury and fraud to hide the content.
Ever heard of Streisand’s effect Mr. Kesterbaum ?
Anyways, since the articles were illegally removed using fake DMCAs, our users did secure a copy of those articles which were re-published at –
These articles are now immortal. Factual or not, the world has a right to see what Kesterbaums were trying so hard to hide from the internet, so much so that they used illegal methods to do so.
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.