Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:   

  • Jan Berkowitz

Contact Info:   

Possible Infringements:   

  • Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation

Submitted by:   

  • Katy Marquardt

Date of Submission:   

  • November 17, 2014

ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA

This technique of fake DMCA combined with bait-and-switch was prevalent since 2015 among the rogue Reputation Agencies. Here is how it worked –

  • Step 1- Select a legitimate article on a reputed website (in this case, at money.usnews.com) . Claim it as yours by impersonating the author (in this case, Katy Marquardt.
  • Step 2- Find a dozen or more similar article/content on small blogs and irrelevant websites.
  • Step 3 – File a fake DMCA impersonating the author’s identity (in this case, Leonard Kolodny) , list the above small blog links as infringing upon your copyright, and slip in the target URL (in this case, Ripoffreport) so that it is camouflaged.
  • Step 4- Hopefully, there’s a good chance that Google staff will not spend time verifying each and every URL and remove all the URLs listed in a single sweep, along with the one you intended from the very beginning.

The above method was overly abused until Google staff was alerted by us. Unfortunately, they could not take action against all such cases due to the deniability due to the number of URLs listed. However, Webactivism is brave enough to expose this scam and tell it as it is.

Let us examine this case.

The original content is from an article at money.usnews.com which was published on Dec 16, 2008. .  It was authored by ‘Katy Marquardt‘ who is Managing Editor of Consumer Advice at U.S. News. So we instantly became curious as to why would Katy be concerned with a few random websites (allegedly) publishing excerpts from her article after 8 long years. Since this was the ONLY copyright complaint filed on her name, we because suspicious.

The description in the fake DMCA report says – ” Article titled: “5 Ways to Avoid a Ponzi Scheme: Madoff Edition” I wrote this article as a freelance writer for US News & World Report and have only given permission to them for publishing this. However, many sites have copied the article fully or partially and have not removed after an email has been sent to them asking for removal. I would appreciate if you can help me get them removed.”

SHE’S THE MANAGING EDITOR AT U.S.NEWS, YOU IDIOTS. 

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.

This review, right or wrong, was published on a complaint site. And if what was posted was untrue, Jan Berkowitz had all legal rights to pursue this in the court of law, and file a lawsuit. A lawyer would have best explained this to him, and as far as we can know, Jan Berkowitz knows a lot about law, lawyers and lawsuits.

As for the complaint on Ripoffreport, here is an excerpt from that – “Jan Berkowitz loses his # 2 “front” man, Robert Sachs, unlicensed fund raiser who was sentenced to 15 years in prison on May 9, 2011 in Trenton NJ.

Sachs was hired by Berkowitz to act as a “bufffer” between widow’s endowments and himself. Sachs brought in plenty of money for Berkowitz and now the sh*t is just about to hit the fan for Berkowitz who is still out there trying to get his hands on money or assets no matter who tries to stop him.

U.S. Economy will not even remotely begin to recover until Berkowtiz is secured safely behind bars. Its not enough to just lock up the # 2 man. You have to lock up the # 1 man as well as his flesh eating lawyers.”

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EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘Jan Berkowitz’ 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 ‘Jan Berkowitz’ or someone he hired was directly involved in this crime. Jan Berkowitz also cannot plead ignorance in this matter, since this notice on Google search is hard to miss, really.

We are awaiting more information from usnews.com and Ripoffreport.com 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]


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