Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
Fake Link/Website Used:
Date of Submission:
May 13, 2016
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
This is a very straight forward (fake) DMCA report –
- The perpetrators copied part of an article originally written by ‘Carolyn Jean Penniman‘, on the official website of Michigan State University where she is a professor.
- They posted the copied part as an anonymous comment on the target Ripoff Report.
- They then wait a week and submit a DMCA to Google against the published content they stole earlier.
- In order to convince Google, they impersonate ‘Carolyn Jean Penniman’, use her identity and get Google to remove the negative URL from its search results.
The modus-operandi is simple, but dangerous. It involves multiple acts of cyber crime and perjury. Carolyn Jean Penniman confirms she had nothing to do with this DMCA notice.
We’re contemplating working with Ripoffreport and Carolyn Jean Penniman to identify the perpetrators, and present a case against the culprits involved (including Med1Online) for relevant actions.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
Med1Online, along with Dan Smith and Scott Carson have a Ripoff Report published since 2009. The details and allegations were very specific, which makes this look very credible and believable. The damage mentioned is around $10,000 and that could easily sway potential clients away from this firm.
So, why not spend a smaller amount and try to hide this Ripoff Report ? A good idea. But the wrong method unfortunately.
EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘Med1Online’ 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 ‘Med1Online’ or someone they hired was directly involved in this crime. Med1Online also cannot plead ignorance in this matter, since this notice on Google search is hard to miss, really.
We are awaiting more information from Carolyn Jean Penniman if she knows anything about 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]