Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Granger Whitelaw
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Business Insider
- Henry Blodget
Date of Submission:
- March 22, 2015
- October 29, 2015
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
- This technique of fake DMCA combined with bait-and-switch was prevalent since 2015 among the rogue Reputation Agencies. Here is how it worked –
- Step 1- Select a legitimate article on a reputed website. Claim it as yours by impersonating the author.
- Step 2- Find a dozen or more similar article/content on small blogs and irrelevant websites.
- Step 3 – File a fake DMCA impersonating the author’s identity, list the above small blog links as infringing upon your copyright, and slip in the target URL (in this case, Ripoffreport) so that it is camouflaged.
- Step 4- Hopefully, there’s a good chance that Google staff will not spend time verifying each and every URL and remove all the URLs listed in a single sweep, along with the one you intended from the very beginning.
The above method was overly abused until Google staff was alerted by us. Unfortunately, they could not take action against all such cases due to the deniability due to the number of URLs listed. However, Webactivism is brave enough to expose this scam and tell it as it is.
Let us examine this case.
The original article at Business Insider was published on May 17, 2013. It was authored by ‘Henry Blodget‘ who is the Editor and CEO of Business Insider. So we instantly became curious as to why would Henry be concerned with a few random websites (allegedly) publishing excerpts from his article, after 2 years. Why and how would he even check this in the first place?
This is also the only time Henry has supposedly filed a DMCA report on Google – https://www.lumendatabase.org/faceted_search?sender_name=Henry_Blodget . So, we asked him directly.
It turns out that he has NO IDEA about any DMCA report filed by him, or on his behalf. Since it was his name that was mentioned as the ‘sender’ on the DMCA report, so we didn’t bother investigating anymore and came to a definite conclusion. It is clear that this is a fake DMCA fraud, and the sole beneficiaries is Granger Whitelaw.
Many feel that filing a fake DMCA is not a serious criminal matter. However, what would they say when they impersonate someone like Henry Blodget, the CEO of Business Insider and try to take down legitimate critical links at Ripoff Report ?
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
It is the same old story. A firm has a negative review at Ripoff Report. It ranks high on Google and hurts their reputation as well as business.
This review and the corresponding comments about Granger Whitlaw were very critical and damaging. Here are some excerpts from that webpage –
Granger Brewster Whitelaw of BlueCar Partners is a fraud. He lives in Red Bank, NJ and operates his so-called consulting business from home. The BlueCar Partners website lists him having a New York City office, in addition to, many offices around the globe. This is simply not true. These remote offices are merely one conference room in New York City; beyond that there are no employees of the company or established offices.
Here’s another –
The man is a “mini Madoff” in my very best description. The man is a bully. I am writing this to warn people of his malicious history of threats, false promises and selfish scams. I strongly advise any business not to engage with this individual or his firm. I witnessed Whitelaw being accused by his own BlueCar Partners clients of conflict of interest issues after they made him President & CEO at his discretion; I have their testimony.
This fake DMCA episode does not help Granger Whitelaw and his explanations are likely to fall flat because of this incident.
EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘Granger Whitelaw’ has something to do with this fake DMCA. Couldn’t it be a coincidence ?’, we will say this – When someone goes and creates a whole new fake news site, falsifies his/her identity and submits fake DMCA to try and de-list some very targeted content on Google, it signals intent and a plan. It is obvious that ‘Granger Whitelaw’ or someone they hired was directly involved in this crime.
We are awaiting more information from Business Insider and RipoffReport to ascertain who was behind this fake DMCA. We’ll update this page once we have more information. If you have any information to add to this investigation, get in touch with us at [email protected]