A few weeks ago, we published our report on a series of fake DMCAs filed in order to remove specific negative links and reviews from Google. These fake copyright takedown notices were designed to benefit Idea Buyer LLC, a company owned by Eric Corl, who himself benefited from this scheme in another series of fake DMCAs.
In most cases, the purpose of these fake DMCAs are to (illegally) remove negative reviews and complaints from search engines, which understand. Reputation agencies have been offering such services since many years, and were quite successful until we came along to expose this practice.
However, this case is different and unique. There were 3 stages to this ‘Reputation Campaign’ –
1- Get rid of negative links against Idea Buyer LLC
2- Get rid of negative links against Eric Corl
3- While we’re at it, let’s try and de-index the rival firm IdeaPros.com from Google and hurt their business.
The 3rd part of their illegal campaign takes this to a whole new level. Let us explain what exactly happened –
The reputation firm employed by IdeaBuyer’s Eric Corl filed these 5 (fake) DMCAs –
These copyright takedown notices were filed by the same entity (LEO HOST) who were behind the other fake DMCAs benefiting IdeaBuyer LLC and Eric Forl, as explained in our reports at –
They impersonated credible publishers in order to remove crucial webpages from www.ideapros.com.
They impersonated Davison.com, Automattic and Penguin Publishing to try and convince Google to remove legitimate pages from www.ideapros.com.
Webactivism contacted Google and successfully filed counter-notices to reinstate the links. When we contacted Ideapros.com, they were shocked and unaware of this attempt. We are not aware of the relation between IdeaBuyer and IdeaPros, or the lack of it. But if an attempt was made to remove important pages from Google to hurt a business rival, it could attract potential lawsuit and other proceedings against Idea Buyer.
Imagine, if these webpages suddenly disappeared from Google, as well as manual penalization due to multiple copyright violations at ideapros.com on these links –
Evidently, IdeaPros.com is not happy with this attempt –
We are currently working with Michael Corradini @ IdeaPros.com and are providing them with all the necessary information and evidence in case they want to pursue this further.
As of now, we have successfully identified the Reputation Firm behind this attack, along with key forensic information. However, it’ll stil require a civil suit and subpoenas to connect the Reputation Firm with IdeaBuyer, which might include money trail for any sort of ‘Reputation Services’ and Email Correspondence between the said parties.