Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Nick Nicholas Gottuso
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Leonard Kolodny
Date of Submission:
- September 03, 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 (in this case, an ebook at Amazon.com) . 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 (in this case, Leonard Kolodny) , 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 content is from an ebook at Amazon.com at Business Insider was published on May 17, 2013. It was authored by ‘Leonard Kolodny‘ who is a radiologist in Rochester, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Highland Hospital and University of Rochester Medical Center. So we instantly became curious as to why would Dr. Leonard be concerned with a few random websites (allegedly) publishing excerpts from his book which was originally written in 1976. Yes, 1976.
This is also the only time Henry has supposedly filed a DMCA report on Google – https://www.lumendatabase.org/faceted_search?sender_name=Leonard_Kolodny So, we reached out to him.
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 isNicholas Gottuso.
Not only this involved filing a fraudulent DMCA, but these criminals impersonated a reputed citizen like it’s no big deal for them.
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 is an excerpt from the review – “This guy is a scam artist and full of lies and stories. Please beware and don’t listen to his lies and stories. he writes bad checks and they wont cash! Avoid this man at all costs”
And Nick Gottuso had to take an action. He presumably hired a Reputation firm who promised some amazing results. They probably told him that they have a contact at Google who can remove this negative URL, or perhaps their ‘legal team’ has found a loophole. Whatever it may be, this was always going to end up badly for them.
EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘Nicholas Gottuso’ 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 ‘Nicholas Gottuso’ or someone he hired was directly involved in this crime. Nicholas Gottuso also cannot plead ignorance in this matter, since this notice on Google search is hard to miss, really.