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Pirate site uses web hosting site with fake testimonials in order to process MONEY for copyright infringement

From the “What Do We Have Here?” file:

We have recently been dealing with a site that has been trading in the content of one of our clients and despite numerous DMCA notices, the site refused to remove the infringing content.  Now before you assume our client is some big corporation with oodles of money, I should tell you that the client in question is a single individual, who made an amazing and heartfelt documentary about his trials and tribulations as an independent contractor in a very rough and tumble industry.  It was received tremendously by fans and critics and was financed via Kickstarter donations and every copy sold was literally handpacked and shipped by the filmmaker.

So in other words, spare me the “MPAA is a corporate monopoly blah blah blah” arguments.  This is a small business owner we’re talking about here.

Anyway, so we sent this site numerous DMCA notices, yet no response from the site.  We DMCA’d their host (Luxembourg-based Root.lu) who also ignores notices about copyright infringement.  So we were forced to take other measures.  The first of which was to hit them where it hurts – their wallet.

You see, this site sells access to these pirated materials.  Using the false pretense of “just covering server costs” the site solicits “donations”.  For a fee you can have access to terabytes of content from other small businesses.

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So we notified their payment processors which initially included Paypal, Webmoney, and Google Checkout.  Paypal cancelled their processing, Webmoney eventually did too, and finally Google Checkout.

This didn’t deter these guys from continuing to try and profit from the hard work of others.  Their next move was to remove the public donation options and try and hide just how they were processing money.  They required would-be donators to Private Message the owner of the site and ask for the process to go about making a donation.

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So using an undercover account we Private Messaged the admin and asked how we can make a donation:

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So we checked out the site referenced by the admin:

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Looks legit right?  But apparently according to the admin of the piracy site, this is a front to process payments for the copyright infringement site.  But it got us curious as to all the other information on that site, I mean after all – there’s freaking testimonials and everything.

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So let’s check out those testimonials.  The first one from John Shipley seems nice.  Let’s throw it into Google and see what comes back:

Google results of John Shipley’s testimonial

Wow!  Apparently John gives a lot of hosts the EXACT same testimonial:

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(from: http://allwebco.com/testimonials.shtml)

And here:

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(from: http://www.jsshosting.com/)

Apparently it’s a family affair – here’s Peter Shipley’s review:

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(from http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews170165.html)

Well now we can see that John has converted to Islam:

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from (http://inodes.us/clients-testimonials/)

And then he reverted back to his christian name, except he lost a -y in the process:

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from (http://www.v7n.com/forums/web-hosting-forum/127855-best-web-hosting.html)

I think you see what’s going on here.  There are dozens more of John/Peter/Zulfiqar‘s testimonials on oodles of web hosting sites.

You can do this for every single “testimonial” on http://grand-host.org/testimonials.html

The best part might be this from Grand Host’s Privacy page:

Grand-Host is committed to developing long lasting relationships based on trust. As such, Grand-Host will do everything in its power to ensure that your right to privacy is maintained and protected. Our Services are not directed at children under 13 years of age.

One would have to wonder how much trust you can put in a company with fake testimonials.

Well as it turns out, the reason why these “testimonials” are the same for so many web hosting sites is that instead of using real customer testimonials, these sites are using a template:

http://www.websitetemplatesonline.com/free-template/grand-host/templateinfo.html

So it’s not even clear that Grand-Host.org is even a real company, or is merely a front to be used to launder the money derived from the piracy site.  Both sites are registered to the same individual:

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This also begs the question of how legit the other sites are that are using the same fake testimonials.  But that’s a whole other question for the FTC to decide.  And then again, this site isn’t hosted in the United States.  Plus we wouldn’t want to deprive this site of their ability to use fake testimonials lest we want to hear from the copyleft how this is the exercise of free speech and how much better the internet is because you can launder money through what might be a fake business with fake customers in order to profit from someone else’s work – what piracy apologists would describe as “innovation”.

Needless to say, we will continue to put pressure on this site, though at this point our suggestion to our clients is to start looking at litigation as a possibility.  Using a US-based company (Google) to launder money to support your copyright infringement site seems to be just begging for a lawsuit.

And yes, this does pass the Office Space definition of “money laundering”:”

“To conceal the source of money…as by channeling it through an intermediary.”

If I was the owner of this site, I’d be hoping to not wind up in “federal pound you in the ass prison” too.

Takedown Piracy Holds #1 Spot on Google’s List of Top Copyright Infringement Reporters

The Popular Anti-Piracy Company Moves Ahead of Microsoft Corporation for Most Reported Infringements in July!

July 18, 2012 — CHATSWORTH, Calif. — According to Google, Takedown Piracy is now the search engine’s #1 reporter of copyright infringements.  In the month of July, Takedown Piracy moved ahead of large corporations Microsoft Corporation, NBC / Universal, and Lionsgate to claim the top spot on the list of 1,195 reporting organizations.  The anti-piracy company reported nearly half a million URLs in July.  The Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. is a distant second for the month.

 

To view Google’s list of top copyright infringement reporters, visit http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/.

 

Many of Takedown Piracy’s clients are listed in the top 25 on Google’s list of copyright owners with reported infringements.  The accomplishment is indicative of Takedown Piracy’s quick and effective services.

 

To view Google’s profile on Takedown Piracy’s effectiveness, visit http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/reporters/1620/.

 

“Targeting search engines allows our clients to receive the visibility they deserve without competing with piracy sites for traffic to their own content,” states Takedown Piracy owner Nate Glass.  “Google continues to be extremely compliant and timely in removing links leading to pirated content.  We’ve developed a great relationship with the search engine, allowing our clients to see immediate results and feel secure.”

 

Takedown Piracy’s new SEO program, Search Clean™, is responsible for eliminating infringements from even the largest search engines, like Google.  Combined with its custom tool, the Aikido Program™, Takedown Piracy is removing hundreds of thousands of copyright infringements at an incredible speed.

 

Created by Nate Glass in 2009, Takedown Piracy is known for its highly effective and affordable services, while always operating with the utmost integrity.  Whether harnessing the power of its one-of-a-kind customs tools or following up on an individual file reported through its free piracy tip page, Takedown Piracy has been responsible for the removal of over 8 million copyright infringements.

 

For more information about Takedown Piracy, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/why-use-takedown-piracy/.

 

Takedown Piracy continues to be in the media spotlight for its renowned effectiveness fighting piracy.  Featured on CNBC.com, TechDirt.com, The Daily.com, the 1709 Blog, and more, word is spreading about the small but mighty company, and its David versus Goliath story.

 

Wanting to better involve the fans of Takedown Piracy’s numerous artist clients, the company created a tips page.  Millions of additional eyes provide Takedown Piracy with an army seeking out illegal downloads on torrent, tube and cyberlocker sites.  Users are asked to report the copyright owner and a link to the infringement.  To report a copyright violation using Takedown Piracy’s tip page, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/tips/.

 

Takedown Piracy actively tracks at least nine different ways content may be pirated, providing widespread coverage.  Takedown Piracy’s army of servers offer protection in the following areas: Cyberlocker sites like Rapidshare, Torrent sites, Tube sites, Auctioned or unauthorized DVD resellers, Search Engines, Image Hosts, Blogs, Forums, Social Media.

 

To view a statistical breakdown of infringements removed by Takedown Piracy, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/stats/.

 

About Takedown Piracy:

Takedown Piracy (TDP) is an anti-piracy service started in April of 2009.  The service was founded by 14-year entertainment industry veteran Nate Glass.  TDP offers copyright holders an affordable and highly effective means to fight back against content thieves.  For less than the cost of a part-time, minimum wage worker, copyright holders can benefit from Glass’ expertise and passion for protecting copyrighted content from thieves.  To date, TDP has removed over 8 million content infringements.  Leading piracy websites are closely monitored to always provide clients with immediate service and protection.  Every month detailed reports are provided to clients with each action taken on their behalf.  A price can’t be placed on trust, but with Takedown Piracy, clients can be sure the company has their best interest in mind 100% of the time.  For more information, visit www.TakedownPiracy.com or www.Twitter.com/TakedownPiracy.

 

About Google:

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.  Google has packed a lot into a relatively young life.  Creators Larry Page and Sergey Brin named the search engine they built “Google,” a play on the word “googol,” the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros.   Google Inc. was born in 1998, when Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim wrote a check for $100,000 to that entity—which until then didn’t exist.  Since Google’s inception, it has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of users and customers around the world.  After going public in 2004, Google began to expand through its acquisition of companies like Keyhole and YouTube.  As of 2009, Alexa listed Google.com as the internet’s most visited site.  For more information, visit www.Google.com.

 

Keywords:

Takedown Piracy, Nate Glass, Google, Microsoft, NBC, Universal, Recording Industry Association of America, Inc., Lionsgate, 2009, CNBC, CNBC.com, TheDaily.com, TechDirt.com, AVN Media, magazine, digital content, Twitter, Google, tip page, protection, piracy, infringements, illegal downloads, torrent, tube, rapidshare, cyberlocker, DMCA, content, Aikido Program, SEO, 8 million

 

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For more information please contact:

 

Takedown Piracy

www.TakedownPiracy.com

[email protected]

 

Updates from Takedown Piracy

Lots of exciting things going on at TDP!

  • We are approaching our 8 millionth copyright infringement removed.  I remember when the naysayers and doubters said we couldn’t make a difference.  I’m sure the for-profit pirates would love if their 3 million cyberlocker links were still up, but thanks to TDP – they aren’t.  The black hat SEO pirates would love it if the 2.3 million search engine results were still up, but thanks to TDP – they aren’t.  The for-profit pirates would love it if we hadn’t killed their Paypal accounts, but thanks to TDP – their ability to make money off piracy has been seriously cut off.  There is nothing nearly as satisfying as proving the naysayers wrong.  And when it comes to copyright infringement, there are 1000s and 1000s of enablers, copyright abolitionists and freeloaders who can’t wait to try and discourage anyone from ruining their free ride.  Don’t ever let the naysayers get you down, everyone who ever accomplished anything significant had naysayers telling them it couldn’t be done.  – http://takedownpiracy.com/stats/
  • According to Google’s Transparency Report, TDP is #1 for the past month in reporting copyright infringements.  Can a small business compete with giant companies like Microsoft and NBC Universal?  TDP is proof that you can.  And the best part, is we can do it for a fraction of the cost.  Anti-piracy should never cost you more than you’re losing to piracy.  This is a core value of our company.  http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/
  • Lots of upcoming news regarding TDP founder Nate Glass speaking at the upcoming CatalystCon as well as some cool interviews we’ve done in the past few days.

Big shout-outs to the excellent work being done by Robert King.  Check out his work at http://www.stopfilelockers.com/

As a man-on-a-mission, Mr. King has nearly single-handedly devastated the ability for piracy havens to process money through their services.  To all the naysayers claiming one person can’t make a difference, I submit Robert King.  Now of course the naysayers will never stop being naysayers, they’ll just keep moving the goal posts back until they’ve set the goal as unrealistic as possible.  This makes them feel vindicated when people don’t meet their insane requirements.  The key is to not take your eyes off the prize.  The naysayers and freeloaders love to try and set your goals for you, you simply must ignore them and work towards your own goals.

The engine of accomplishment runs on the fuel of naysayers.

You can quote me on that.

 

-Nate

Takedown Piracy Ranked on Google’s Top 5 List of Copyright Infringement Reporters

Ranked Above Music Studios, Software Developers, &

Expensive Anti-Piracy Companies, Takedown Piracy

Demonstrates Its Superior Services!

May 25, 2012 — CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Takedown Piracy is listed amongst Google’s top 5 reporters of copyright infringements.  The internet giant’s most current transparency report citing copyright statistics records the leading organizations requesting Google remove search results linking to allegedly infringing content (per Google.com).  Ranked above music studios, software developers, and anti-piracy companies costing more than 10 times as much, Google’s list demonstrates Takedown Piracy’s superior services.

 

To view Google’s list of top copyright infringement reporters, visit http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/.

 

To view Google’s profile on Takedown Piracy’s effectiveness, visit http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/reporters/1620/.

 

Takedown Piracy owner Nate Glass states, “Much of our effectiveness may be attributed to persistence.  It’s that persistence which has us in the same company as NBC / Universal and BPI for sheer volume of infringement reports to Google.  Actions speak louder than words, and I’m proud our clients can look on Google and see what we’ve done for them.”

 

Takedown Piracy’s new SEO program, Search Clean™, is responsible for eliminating infringements from even the largest search engines, like Google.  Combined with its custom tool, the Aikido Program™, Takedown Piracy is removing hundreds of thousands of copyright infringements at an incredible speed.

 

Takedown Piracy recently celebrated its 3-year anniversary combatting piracy.  Created by Nate Glass in 2009, Takedown Piracy is known for its highly effective and affordable services, while always operating with the utmost integrity.  Whether harnessing the power of its one-of-a-kind customs tools or following up on an individual file reported through its free piracy tip page, Takedown Piracy has been responsible for the removal of over 6.5 million copyright infringements.

 

For more information about Takedown Piracy, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/why-use-takedown-piracy/.

 

Takedown Piracy continues to be in the media spotlight for its renowned effectiveness fighting piracy.  Featured on CNBC.comTechDirt.com, The Daily.com, the 1709 Blog, and more, word is spreading about the small but mighty company, and its David versus Goliath story.

 

Wanting to better involve the fans of Takedown Piracy’s numerous artist clients, the company created a tips page.  Millions of additional eyes provide Takedown Piracy with an army seeking out illegal downloads on torrent, tube and cyberlocker sites.  Users are asked to report the copyright owner and a link to the infringement.  To report a copyright violation using Takedown Piracy’s tip page, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/tips/.

 

Takedown Piracy actively tracks at least nine different ways content may be pirated, providing widespread coverage.  Takedown Piracy’s army of servers offer protection in the following areas: Cyberlocker sites like Rapidshare, Torrent sites, Tube sites, Auctioned or unauthorized DVD resellers, Search Engines, Image Hosts, Blogs, Forums, Social Media.

 

To view a statistical breakdown of infringements removed by Takedown Piracy, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/stats/.

 

About Takedown Piracy:

Takedown Piracy (TDP) is an anti-piracy service started in April of 2009.  The service was founded by 14-year entertainment industry veteran Nate Glass.  TDP offers copyright holders an affordable and highly effective means to fight back against content thieves.  For less than the cost of a part-time, minimum wage worker, copyright holders can benefit from Glass’ expertise and passion for protecting copyrighted content from thieves.  To date, TDP has removed over 6.5 million content infringements.  Leading piracy websites are closely monitored to always provide clients with immediate service and protection.  Every month detailed reports are provided to clients with each action taken on their behalf.  A price can’t be placed on trust, but with Takedown Piracy, clients can be sure the company has their best interest in mind 100% of the time.  For more information, visit www.TakedownPiracy.com or www.Twitter.com/TakedownPiracy.

 

About Google:

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.  Google has packed a lot into a relatively young life.  Creators Larry Page and Sergey Brin named the search engine they built “Google,” a play on the word “googol,” the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros.   Google Inc. was born in 1998, when Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim wrote a check for $100,000 to that entity—which until then didn’t exist.  Since Google’s inception, it has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of users and customers around the world.  After going public in 2004, Google began to expand through its acquisition of companies like Keyhole and YouTube.  As of 2009, Alexa listed Google.com as the internet’s most visited site.  For more information, visit www.Google.com.

 

Keywords:

Takedown Piracy, Nate Glass, Google, Microsoft, Lionsgate, 3-year anniversary, 2009, CNBC, CNBC.comTheDaily.comTechDirt.com, AVN Media, magazine, digital content, Twitter, Google, tip page, protection, piracy, infringements, illegal downloads, torrent, tube, rapidshare, cyberlocker, DMCA, content, Aikido Program, SEO, 6.5 million

 

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For more information please contact:

 

Takedown Piracy

www.TakedownPiracy.com

[email protected]

Takedown Piracy Develops Stronger Infringement Remover

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MARINA DEL REY, Calif.—Takedown Piracy (TDP) has developed a stronger, more aggressive version of its acclaimed infringement remover, the Aikido Program. The original custom tool removes hundreds of thousands of copyright infringements at an incredible speed.

Aikido 2.0 magnifies the production by increasing the patrolling range of the program. Combined with Takedown Piracy’s new SEO program, Search Clean, infringements are eliminated from even the largest search engines, like Google.

To view a statistical breakdown of infringements removed by Takedown Piracy and its patent-pending Aikido Program, click here.

Takedown Piracy owner Nate Glass states, “The Aikido Program is exclusive to TDP, playing a large role in the over five million copyright infringements we’ve removed to date. Committed to innovation, we developed version 2.0 as a way to magnify and maximize Aikido’s effectiveness. Takedown Piracy’s customers may rest assured they have the best piracy protection possible.”

Aikido 2.0 uses a PHP script to exploit large piracy aggregation sites. It takes sites meant to assist illegal downloads and transforms them into valuable assets in anti-piracy. True to its martial art namesake, the Aikido Program uses the strength of its opponent to its own advantage.

Three of the largest piracy site aggregators are now utilized by Aikido 2.0, which leaves pirates without a place to hide. The progressive program exploits pirates reliance on the exposure derived from aggregators, exposing and destroying them in the process.

In addition to utilizing the data Aikido 2.0 gathers to remove infringing links from file hosting services, Takedown Piracy also works the data into its renowned SEO program, Search Clean. The results are mass amounts of removals from highly visible search engines, like Google.

Takedown Piracy actively tracks at least nine different ways content may be pirated, providing widespread coverage. Takedown Piracy offers protection in the following areas: cyberlocker sites like Rapidshare, torrent sites, tube sites, auctioned or unauthorized DVD resellers, search engines, image hosts, blogs, forums and social media.

Wanting to better involve the fans of Takedown Piracy’s numerous artist clients, the company created a tips page. Millions of additional eyes provide Takedown Piracy with an army seeking out illegal downloads on torrent, tube and cyberlocker sites. Users are asked to report the copyright owner and a link to the infringement.

Great news from Google

Anyone that’s had to DMCA Google in the past knows that the search engine giant took FOREVER to get around to your notices. By then, if you had DMCA’d the actual site hosting your content, Google would come back and say that they don’t see infringement on the links you reported. To which people like me would exasperatedly shout “Yeah not now…but there was 2 WEEKS AGO when I sent you this DMCA!”

It would result in a ‘false-positive’ search result listing but one that would just stick there and fuck up your legitimate search rankings. Your only other option was to leave the content out there languishing until Google acted which wasn’t really a wise option.

But all that is about to change…

Google plans on responding to DMCA notices within TWENTY-FOUR HOURS from here on. I can’t wait to see if they do actually do this.

Read the full press release from Google at XBIZ