Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Lauri Goldstein, Thomas Schmitt & Kogan DiSalvo
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
Date of Submission:
- March 27, 2018
- April 09, 2018
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
Let’s analyze these fake DMCAs –
This DMCA is typical Rogue Reputation Agency Style. The modus operandi is simple – Impersonate a News Agency, set up a fake News Website and plant (backdated) content on it. The idea was to file a DMCA notice against the target content to Google, and to make oneself look legitimate with this exercise. In the above case, they set up world-newshub.blogspot.com , a free blog set up at Blogger.com. In the below DMCA notice, they used timesnowworldnews.blogspot.com , impersonating Times Now, an Indian News Agency.
Now, we expect one of Lauri Goldstein, Thomas Schmitt or Kogan DiSalvo to have paid for this illegal activity.
So, if you are one of the other ex-partner, this is your chance to take this further and get subpoenas. Look for any money sent to any Indian Reputation Agency, and you’re well on your way to exacting revenge 🙂
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
A bad breakup of a law firm, lead to some extremely negative coverage online. Here are some of the Headlines and subsequent articles – \
A law firm breaks up amid lurid allegations.
Here is a quote from these articles –
The former partners from The Law Firm of Goldstein Schmitt & Associates are fighting one another over the firm’s breakup. There are accusations of mental instability and theft between Thomas Schmitt and Lauri Goldstein. They are bringing everyone into the fight, including spouses, staff, and other attorneys.
“As the motion states, they unlawfully took the files out of the Goldstein office in an effort to bring them to their new office, which opened a few months before Mr. Schmitt and Mr. Bennett made an exodus from the Goldstein firm,” Goldstein’s attorney, Michael Pike of Pike & Lustig in West Palm Beach, said Monday.
Goldstein’s firm, now doing business as Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, filed an emergency motion Thursday, claiming Schmitt was “in no position to represent the best interests of the former Goldstein clients due to his mental instability.”
Public records, including a 2008 Palm Beach County sheriff’s report, show Schmitt reportedly wrestled with bipolar disorder and financial struggles, including Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1996 and 2008.
We’re sure we haven’t heard the last of this saga.
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.