Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- John Bergeron MD
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
Date of Submission:
- August 12, 2015
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
Let’s analyze this DMCA notice –
It was submitted by (someone impersonating as) A.D.A.M Staff. Adam.com is a healthcare related portal. Quite credible and famous.
Here is what the DMCA Notice says –
Article titles “Liposuction” written by A.D.A.M staff. Several sites have copied the content from this article without giving proper credits. Attempts have been made to reach out to these sites for removal or adding credits, but they have failed to do so.
Here’s how it works. Reputation agencies don’t usually rely on any definite and reliable method to deliver results. So, they devise new ways to try and mislead Google. In this instance, they impersonate a credible publisher and file DMCA notice against dozens of low-level websites and blogs. In between, they slip in the actual target they want to remove.
As you can see in the above list, they slipped in a Ripoffreport.com link hoping that Google staff removes it with other links. This method has been exposed by us in the past on several occasions.
We got in touch with A.D.A.M and confirmed that they had nothing to do with this DMCA Notice.
John Bergeron MD’s online reputation was in good health. There was no need fr any cosmetic surgery. It’s all ruined now !
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
It is the same old story. Someone has a negative review at Ripoff Report. It ranks high on Google and hurts their reputation as well as business.
Here is an excerpt from the Ripoff Report –
John Bergeron MD is not a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. If you do a background check you will see he is a family physician. So I am not sure what you expected. It looks like all his background and training was in family medicine and he somehow also took on and went into cosmetic surgery. So next time do your research. In general, the medical training that provides the most training in cosmetics are plastic surgery and dermatology. A family doctor is trained to do a little of everything from ear aches to giving birth to babies. It is very different. Kind of like a BMW mechanic and a Ford mechanic, sure they both fix cars but they are very different areas. OR its like a plumber and electrician, both can work on your house.
Ouch! That hurts…
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.