- Webactivism will resume publishing it’s investigatie reports on Fraudulent DMCAs from tomorrow onwards.
- We have shortlisted 69 random fraudulent DMCAs, and wll be publishing 3 reports every day for next 23 days.
- A separate team of legal experts has been set up to start filing counter-notices for all legitimate URLs removed using this scam.
- We are hopeful that our liaison with Google shall ensure that all 198 removed URLs are restored on Google search, and re-indexed asap.
- To prevent such misuse in the future, we will also publish versions of those ‘removed’ content on various other websites.
- Appropriate investigation report and data will be shared with investigators and journalists from techdirt.com, adweek.com, popehat.com and other distinguished organizations.
- We will eventually be outing all the relevant names and identities of every reputation firm, law firm, PR firms and others involved in these crimes.
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 We also shared unpublished data and information with 3 different law agencies who are looking into this matter.
Some key articles on this campaign can be read at –
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.
We have also chosen 50 links that were targeted by these scammers and were removed from Google (or attempted to). Our team is now actively communicating with Google to file counter notices and ensure that the links are re-indexed on Google. We have also instructed our members to ensure that the content on these links are published on over a dozen other websites, to ensure that these perpetrators can never succeed in their motives.
We will also be contacting these ‘beneficiary companies and individuals’ to ascertain the identities of everyone involved. The firms who co-operate may see their names removed from the website.
Here are the 50 links we have chosen –