Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Michael David Palance
- aka – The Event, Premiere Event & New York Studio, INC
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- ArcticTimes Networks LLC
Date of Submission:
- September 24, 2015
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
Michael Palance is a repeat offender. This is not the first time we’ve mentioned him in our investigation reports. The reason being, he keeps on committing these scams and attempts to cover them up using illegal methods such as fake DMCA and forged court orders.
This one though is different. This exposes his wide network of scam talent agencies and reveal how he operates.
Have a look at this DMCA notice – https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/11236865
The DMCA was filed by ArcticTimes.com , a fake News Portal we have already covered in multiple of fake DMCA reports.
The DMCA claims that the original article/review was written in 2005 at the URL – http://arctictimes.com/news.php?title=BBB%20Warns%20Parents%20About%20New%20York%20Studio
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 4 other fake DMCA notices sent using this website –
- 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
Now since you’re wondering how is New York Studio/ “The” (pronounced “Tay”) connected to Michael Palance and his other scams ?
It all started when River Front Times published a story when Better Business Bureau warned parents in St Louis about this Talent Agency scam. BBB’s advisory hurt the business and New York Studio immediately went into defensive mode and filed a lawsuit.
The parties involved in the lawsuit were NEW YORK STUDIO INC , ATLAS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES (the lawfirm) and RISE OF THE PHOENIX vs BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU.
Now, no one really knew who owned New York Studio, Inc. It’s only when Rise of the Phoenix LLC was named as a party, were we able to investigate and find out more. Here is what we found –
So, Michael David Palance scammed dozens (if not hundreds) of parents using the brand RISE OF THE PHOENIX, INC which was running New York Studio “The”. To hide the truth, they hired ATLAS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES, LLC, to file a lawsuit against BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OF ALASKA. It seemed to work since BBB now has nothing on Michael Palance. However, the coverage generated at RiverFront Times still ranked on Google. They had to do something, and hence this fake DMCA scam.
Here’s another fake DMCA filed by Michael David Palance and his associates for his new scam – The Event –
He didn’t stop that this. Once we published the investigation report against him, we got served a court order demanding to remove the article. Upon investigation (and a lot of help from Eugene Volokh), we discovered that the court order was fake.
Here’s our report on that fake court order –
The judge was notified and here’s what the Hon’ble court has to say about the forged court order –
Here’s what it says –
Here’s some bonus videos on Michael David Palance and his ‘Talent Agency Scams’ –
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
Michael Palance is a habitual scammer. There are dozens of reviews, alerts and complaints against him and his Talent Agency scam targeting kids, promising them a bright future only to steal money from the parents. As with any other scam, he and his agencies got called out on the internet. He was exposed, and vulnerable. But his scam continued because there’s no scarcity of parents wanting the best for their kid.
Here are some of the titles of complaints they received –
- Talent Scouting Event Leaves Families Feeling Deceived
- Seattle Kids Scammed in “Free” Audition Ruse
- Scam – a few months later they never called back
And Michael Palance 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 ?
In case you are one of the ‘beneficiaries’ listed in this report and are wondering what really happened, we suggest you look within. If it wasn’t you, or your associates, it is definitely the ‘Reputation’ or ‘SEO’ firm you have hired in the past. Perhaps even your law firm. So, instead of blaming us for this article, you must grill your Reputation/SEO firm and look for answers. We are merely publishing the facts available on public database and have nothing against you personally. It is more than likely that the service you hired indulged in criminal methods to deliver results for you.
Meanwhile, we are awaiting more information from Ripoffreport and Google to ascertain who was behind this fake DMCA. We’ll update this page once we have more information. If you have any information to add to this investigation, get in touch with us at [email protected]
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.