Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
Collateral (Links Removed):
Mira Rajput, Reputation Company, Sanjeev Nanda, Anand Sharma,
Michelle Barkley on behalf of Andrew Kneebone
Date of Submission:
July 11, 2016 | May 17, 2016 | June 20, 2016
July 25, 2016 | August 1, 2016
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
We analyze a total of 5 (fake) copyright takedown notices. The first 2 DMCA notices will prove that Mr Sanjeev Nanda and his team were actively involved in this entire campaign and is complicit in the actions listed below.
DMCA Notice #1 – https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/12489873
This notice was sent on 20 June 2016, allegedly by Mr. Sanjeev Nanda himself, in which he claims that one of his photographs published on http://www.indiatvnews.com/buzz/mouthful/salman-khan-hit-and-run-judgement-sanjeev-nanda-alistair-pereira-134.html is a copyright violation. Although Google rejected the claim, we must realize that Sanjeev Nanda was well within his rights to file this DMCA if he believes it so.
Prima-facie, we also trust that it was Sanjeev Nanda (or someone on his behalf) that filed the said DMCA report. We welcome any clarification in this regard from Sanjeev Nanda or his representative.
DMCA Notice #2 – https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/12268160
This notice was sent on 17 May 2016, by ‘Reputation Company’ representing ‘The Nanda Family’. We have no reason to believe that this is incorrect information, and the copyright notice was filed with full knowledge of Sanjeev Nanda and his associates.
The notice claimed that the URL http://www.legalserviceindia.com/articles/bmw_case.htm must be taken down since it violates their copyright, based on the content and media on their website http://www.avmsmnanda.org. This was rightfully struck down by Google.
As above, we believe that Sanjeev Nanda and his family had full rights to file this DMCA notice, irrespective of the outcome.
DMCA Notice #3 – https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/12627814
Now comes the most incriminating and disturbing fake DMCA attempt. Not to mention, highly creative and cunning, and it nearly worked.
A copyright violation report was filed by one ‘Mira Rajput’ , claiming to represent ‘Outlook India’ Magazine. This DMCA was filed on 11 July 2016 and part of it is still being reviewed by Google.
The DMCA itself is in 3 sections, each claiming that a particular image (and the news story) was plagiarized by several news portals, including highly reputed ones such as – Digit.in , DailyO.in, YourStory.com, DeccanChronicle.com, iTimes.com, TimesofIndia.com, InToday.in and News18.com.
In section one, the perpetrators used an image of Mark Zuckerburg (http://photogallery.outlookindia.com/images/gallery/20151001/zuckerberg_kid_20151012.jpg) and claimed that it was copied and used without consent by these top news websites.
In section three, they claimed that an image of a temple ritual (http://www.outlookindia.com/resizer.php?src=http://photo.outlookindia.com/images/gallery/
20111207/subramanya_temple_20111219.jpg&w=630) was used without consent by these top websites.
In between these two completely random requests, these cunning scammers slipped a claim that an image of Sanjeev Nanda (http://www.outlookindia.com/public/uploads/gallery/20120803/sanjeev_nanda2_20120803.jpg) to which they have full rights, was being used by several News Portals.
The idea was to camouflage their requests and let Google slip up and make an error in judgment, and they did just that.
Due to this fraud, Google removed the following links from its search results –
Please also note that this was the only DMCA notice ever filed by Outlook India. A lively start, we must say.
We must also explain that major news agencies and portals communicate copyright violations through their legal channels and DMCA agents directly, and never approach Google.
This example highlights just how easy anyone with a motive can suppress News and Media on the internet. All they need is a criminal mind.
We could easily multiple violations here, including impersonating and misrepresenting a major news magazine, damage to major websites, revenue loss, perjury, fraud, intellectual property fraud and other civil damages.
Another hit-and-run job. What say Sanjeev Nanda?
DMCA Notice #4 – https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/12707632
The fraud continues and so does the use of a fake identity. This time, the perpetrators filed a new DMCA notice using the alias ‘Anand Sharma’, representing Indian Express. They claimed that 3 other News Portals – Bhaskar.com, Jagran.com and OneIndia.com were in violation of their copyright, and must remove an image of Sanjeev Nanda they published in 2012.
This case is still being reviewed by Google as we speak. We’ll keep an eye on this, in case Google goes ahead and removed any of these links.
We hope that Indian Express can clarify regarding the authenticity of this DMCA notice soon.
DMCA Notice #5 – https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/12786047
And finally, the final and the most recent DMCA notice filed allegedly by one ‘Michelle Barkley’ on behalf of the famous photographer ‘Andrew Kneebone’. Incidentally, this is the only DMCA notice ever filed by him on Google.
The notice claimed that Indian Express and Huffington post used an image he posted on ‘Instagram’ without his consent, and he wants them removed and the URLs de-indexed from Google.
And very neatly, he slips in this link between the other ones- http://indianexpress.com/article/india/crime/bmw-hitandrun-case-sanjeev-nanda-walks-free-from-jail/
This DMCA was filed on 01 August 2016, and we have already notified Google who will take appropriate action.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
According to Wikipedia, in 1999, Sanjeev Nanda, then a Wharton Business School student, and son of Indian industrialist Suresh Nanda ran over six people, including three police officers. While Nanda and several related parties were initially acquitted and released in a trial in 1999, Nanda was later found guilty in 2008 and sentenced to two years in prison, which was reduced to time served, a large fine, and two years of community service by the Indian Supreme Court in 2012. The case attracted media attention, and was viewed by India Today as “a test of the judicial system’s ability to take on the powerful“.
Looks like he’s starting a new life.
However, old habits die hard !!
EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘Sanjeev Nanda,’ 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 ‘Sanjeev Nanda’ or someone he hired was directly involved in this crime. Sanjeev Nanda also cannot plead ignorance in this matter, since this notice on Google search is hard to miss, really.