Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Rich Logistics
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Lisa Guerin
Date of Submission:
- November 3, 2014
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
In spite of all our reporting, this method of filing ‘fake DMCAs’ where someone impersonates a credible publisher, plants content on various websites in the comment section, and files DMCA against a dozen odd websites. In between, these people slip in the target Ripoff Report links they actually want to remove.
These Ripoff Report does not contain the infringing content. But the hope is that Google Staff might not check so closely and remove all links from search index due to benefit of doubt given to all other links.
In this particular case, the original article was taken from NOLO.com – http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/employment-at-will-definition-30022.html
The perpetrators impersonated ‘Lisa Guerin’ who is an author at NOLO.com. She is also an author or co-author of several Nolo books, including The Manager’s Legal Handbook, Dealing with Problem Employees, The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws, Workplace Investigations, and Create Your Own Employee Handbook. Guerin has practiced employment law in government, public interest, and private practice where she represented clients at all levels of state and federal courts and in agency proceedings.
So we reached out to her and confirmed that she had nothing to do with these fake DMCAs.
Here is what the DMCA stated –
As of today, we have filed counter notices against this fake DMCA and have reinstated the URLs on Google Search.
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.
Here is an excerpt from one of the RipoffReport Complaints –
I was asked by Rich Logistics (keith) to come to work for him. I was at a stable position at another company.
I knew he was a JERK(to put it nicely) and keith even said he was and that is why he was paying me so much. I was asked if I wanted straight salary or salary plus bonus depending on loads booked. I stated straight salary as I didn’t need commision or bonus to do my job.
Everything was great for the first 2 months, then my PAYROLL information was divuldged to Rachel by office manager Tracy. Keith hit the roof and wanted to accuse me of giving out my payroll info. When it was given out, everybody in dispatch was mad at what I made.
Keith said somebody was going to get fired over this, I just had no idea it was going to be ME!!!!
I was written up and have never been written up in my life, and refused to sign the lies. I was fired on the spot.
I hope someone reads this and there is legal ramifications as I would like to see justice served.
Not to mention the extortion Keith does as well as tax evasion.
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.