Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
Fake Link/Website Used:
Date of Submission:
April 26, 2016
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
This DMCA sent on 26 April 2016, claimed that NYPost.com plagiarised and copied an image in one its article published on 20 Aug 2013, originally posted on thepressreleasesyndication.com on 06 Aug 2013.
Looks very reasonable. DMCA covers everybody, even big websites like NYPost.com. However (and we’ll keep this short), when we examine the claims, here is what we discover –
The domain name thepressreleasesyndication.com was registered in 2015. The website DID NOT exist in 2013 when the original article and the image were claimed to be published.
For a Press Release website, they surely don’t like to get indexed in Google
- The DMCA was filed 3 years after the original image was posted. This was obviously done by a reputation firm. They have this disclaimer posted. How convenient.
“ARCHIVES IS A SECTION FROM OUR OLD SITE THAT WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT IN 1999. WE WE RE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO RECENTLY RETAIN OUR OLD FILES AND RESTORE THEM. WE HAVE NOTICED THAT UNSCRUPULOUS INTERNET USERS HAVE TAKEN OUR OLD FILES AND POSTED ON THEIR WEBSITES WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION. IF YOU COME ACROSS ANYTHING FROM OUR OLD WEBSITE PLEASE NOTIFY US SO THAT WE CAN FILE THE PROPER DMCA COMPLAINTS TO RECTIFY THIS SITUATION“.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
In an article published in August 2013, Julie Scelfo and her husband James Cavoli were mocked by NYPost.com for posting a note on her shower window to rebut their neighbors complaining about ‘inappropriate’ scene from the all-glass balcony shower.
Julie Scelfo penned an article earlier noting nosy neighbours build a ‘sense of community’. And that’s what makes this ironic.
The note on her shower glass wall was clicked by the neighbours and published on NYPost. Now that’s embarrassing. And that’s what she and her husband might want to remove from Google.
EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘Julie Scelfo’ 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 ‘Julie Scelfo’ or someone they she was directly involved in this crime. Julie Scelfo also cannot plead ignorance in this matter, since this notice on Google search is hard to miss, really.