Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Richard Meirowitz
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Nicola Harley
Date of Submission:
- April 07, 2017
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
Let us analyze the false DMCA –
The DMCA, pretending to be from Telegraph Journo ‘Nicola Harley‘, claims that a news article published at Telegraph was re-published without consent on various websites, including Ripoffreport.com. It’s an old trick used by Reputation firms, where they impersonate a credible entity to file a DMCA notice against dozens of links, and quietly slipping in the target link, hoping that Google staff might not check so diligently and might remove it along with other URLs.
In this case, the content on Ripoffreport was published in 2015, whereas the Telegraph article was from March, 2017. It cannot be a valid DMCA in any case. Upon checking with the journalist and the media house, we confirmed that Telegraph has nothing to do with any of these DMCAs.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
It is the same old story. Someone has a negative review at Ripoff Report. It ranks high on Google and hurts their reputation as well as business.
Here is what the review says about him –
I felt I should add this. I did some more research into this person to see who they really are. Public records and a few internet searches show that Amazon Reviewer RWM is a man named Richard Warren Meirowitz who lives in West Babylon, New York. He is poor quality attorney in a lower class Long Island suburb. He lives in a small 500-600 square foot senior housing and appears to be around age 72.
The New York bar association has him listed as
Richard Warren Meirowitz
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 We also shared unpublished data and information with 3 different law agencies who looked into this scam.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.