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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.

Sincerely,


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8 thoughts on “Is United Credit Consultants Trying to Scam Google to Hide Information?”

  1. Lol. Do you really think that you are that important that an entire multi-site copywrite claim is all about you? You are in a list of other sites that apparently infringed on a copywrite.

    In fact I only came across your blog (which seems like a blog coming from a position of privilege and set on bad-mouthing any companies that you seem to have a personal beef with) while researching copywrite infringement for a paper for my business class final that I am writing.

    I normally wouldn’t waste my time on something like this, but you really seem misguided on all of this. Publishers, agents, site hosts and many others file copywrite claims. The fact that you even were included on what was (and you even demonstrated by publishing) a long list of varied sites simply shows that the original claim of infringement was a blanket claim and obviously had merit.

    Don’t take this wrong, but lose the tinfoil hat. A big bad credit card company or whatever they are isn’t out to get you. It looks like a simple cut and dried copywrite issue. If you don’t like it, write your own material and copywrite it yourself.

    Judging from all of the different “articles” you have written about all of the different companies that you have written about, you seem to be a very negative and angry person. Maybe you should look for positivity in whatever it is in your credit industry you write about. You might be a happier person. (You would certainly be more readable and come off as more credible than your latest articles on your site make you sound).

    (I doubt you will actually let this post remain on your site judging from the pandering comments on all of your different “articles – blog posts. Maybe I am wrong… I hope so… Your site could use some positivity). Be happy, you will be more likable.

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