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Is United Credit Consultants Trying to Scam Google to Hide Information?

I just learned that someone initiated a DMCA complaint with Google to have a United Credit Consultants article I wrote, hidden from readers by Google.

See update at bottom of the article.

The notice sent to Google reads:

“Hello,

Google has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that some of your materials allegedly infringe upon the copyrights of others. The URLs of the allegedly infringing materials may be found at the end of this message. The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed, may be found at http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=10960053 .
Please note that it may take several weeks for the notice to be posted on the above page.

Removed Notification form:
https://support.google.com/legal/contact/lr_contentremoved?product=websearch&hl=en
If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel. If you have any other questions about this notification, please let us know.

The affected URLs are listed below:
https://getoutofdebt.org//62372/united-credit-consultants-says-darndest-things

Regards,
The Google Team”

What Makes This Total Bullshit

I invite you to take a look at the article in question at https://getoutofdebt.org//62372/united-credit-consultants-says-darndest-things. What you will find is a piece about a press release United Credit Consultants sent out and my opinions and facts presented. None of that is an infringement, especially for a reporter.

If I was a cynical man I’d say it could smell of an intentional effort for United Credit Consultants to hide information from people for no legitimate reason. But thankfully I’m not a full blown cynic. Hopefully someone from United Credit Consultants will post a comment that they have no desire to have the article removed. They will say it was all an error.

But let’s look at the notice the person filed claiming the article infringed on United Credit Consultants.

Some dude named John Scalzi, an individual, told Google, the material infringed upon was:

KIND OF WORK: movie

DESCRIPTION: Some sites have copied content from my blog. The content in question has this sentense: “This is of course why it’s difficult for people to apologize.” Please remove as they have refused to remove. – Source

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The page that John Scalzi claims the United Credit Consultants article copies is a long blog entry by him about apologizing. See http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/04/15/apologies-what-when-and-how/Source

The bogus DMCA removal request then goes on to say the infringing articles that copied his sentence are:

ALLEGEDLY INFRINGING URLS:
https://getoutofdebt.org//62372/united-credit-consultants-says-darndest-things
http://www.angrygames.com/?m=201304
https://aprilmcmanus80.wordpress.com/tag/april-mcmanus/
https://theoldreader.com/profile/5141ccc6bd9279c987000056?page=2
http://www.speakingtree.in/spiritual-blogs/seekers/self-improvement/apologies-the-art-of
https://aprilmcmanus80.wordpress.com/tag/sorry/
http://www.angrygames.com/?p=240
http://supnu.tumblr.com/
http://www.lifehacker.co.in/jugaad/Why-We-Suck-At-Accepting-Mistakes/articleshow/28474647.cms
https://lifebeyondseminary.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/apologies-what-when-and-how-2/
https://lifebeyondseminary.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/apologies-what-when-and-how/
http://plant.psjsale.com/dolomite_crush/sample-apology-letter-about-not-attending-class_1248.html
http://www.freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=110&t=17010&start=80
http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=4300201&TPN=4
http://supnu.tumblr.com/post/72760931484/why-we-suck-at-accepting-mistakes
https://aprilmcmanus80.wordpress.com/tag/apologize/
https://theoldreader.com/profile/511eb74abd9279cf4a0000af?page=15

So how did an article about United Credit Consultants get sucked into that list? Is it an accident or an intentional action? What do you think? Post your comments below.

In the meantime I’ll try to reach out to John Scalzi and ask him to come and comment why he would make the claim.

My email to John said, “John,

A DMCA notice was filed by someone claiming to be you and said that an unrelated article on my site infringed on your apology blog post. I’m perplexed how an article about United Credit Consultants could do that.

I’m left wondering if someone misrepresented they were you to file the DMCA complaint. I’ve written an article about the event at https://getoutofdebt.org//92734/is-united-credit-consultants-trying-to-scam-google-to-hide-information and I would welcome either a comment or email from you to add to the article.

If you’ve been spoofed and someone fraudulently filed this DMCA complaint pretending to be you, let’s cooperate to have the DMCA notice retracted.

Steve”

Update August 5, 2015

I heard back from the alleged filer of the DMCA complaint. John said, “I definitely did not file a DMCA notice in this case, nor did I authorize anyone to do so. This is bogus from my end and you can tell whomever it would be useful to tell that I said so, and that they can contact me directly at my email address if they have any questions.

So it seems the complaint is pure bullshit.

At 6:37 PM on August 5, 2015 I emailed Joseph McGlynn of United Credit Consultants and said:

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“Joe,

Please respond to this email or post a comment on https://getoutofdebt.org//92734/is-united-credit-consultants-trying-to-scam-google-to-hide-information with a public statement to help people understand that UCC would never have any part in filing a fake DMCA notice to have https://getoutofdebt.org//62372/united-credit-consultants-says-darndest-things removed from Google and UCC does not support the removal of the original article.

I don’t want people to get the impression UCC was trying to get the article removed if you were in fact not trying to do so.

Steve”

As soon as I get a response, I’ll post it here.


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