Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Primus Private School , Dubai
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Arctictimes Network Ltd
Date of Submission:
- January 20, 2015
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
As pointed out and proven in our previous article, arctictimes.com is a fake News Portal set up by a rogue Reputation Firm.
The very same method was attempted here. A DMCA notice was filed on behalf of the fake News Portal, where they simply copy-pasted the original article from KhaleejTimes and claimed their’s as the original, and asked Google to remove it from search results.
Now it’s very easy to prove that this is a fake News Website, and that the article never existed in the first place, and was deliberately planted to add credibility to the DMCA.
The domain ‘arctictimes.com’ was registered in 2007 as shown in the WHOIS info below –
In fact, the website didn’t even exist 2 years ago. Look at the Web Archive – https://web.archive.org/web/20140517011028/http://arctictimes.com/ .
The copyright takedown notice was sent once the same review was copy-paste, and backdated on this fake website.
Currently, the website is dormant and nothing has been added. However, it’s interesting to analyze and figure out who else benefited from this fake News Website into sending other fake DMCA for illegal takedowns.
It looks like the handywork of a rogue reputation agency. There were 5 fake DMCA notices sent using this website –
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/11236865 New York Studio ‘THE’
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/13697509 Dr Shivani Gaur
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/13508866 John J. Cortale
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/10855306 A Drug Bust
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/13509027 42nd St Photo
These will be featured in upcoming reports.
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.
And Rajagiri International School did no good by trying a fraudulent method to confront these allegations. Now, we’re not so sure these allegations are fake.
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.