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I got an interesting DMCA scam tonight from Davis Robbins Legal

Going to post this as an image, because I’m not bothering giving them a back link. Got this from Davis Robbins Legal claiming an image I posted in 2015 was owned by a website that wasn’t registered until 2017. Said image has been listed as public domain since 2002.

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Now, you may not know it but I *strongly* attempt to follow copyright law, give credit where it’s due (even though I’m sure some at Android Police think I couldn’t possibly stumble across the same sources some days – it happens, we have the same PR contacts,) and how hard is it to give credit as requested when getting an image off of Pixabay (where this particular image came from)?

A quick bit of using an obscure website “google” and I found these gems:

The offending image, from Pixabay and several other places under CCO
This image originally appears on the internet in 2002 supposedly (although first verifiable link is 2009)

Original image on the internet circa 2009, been public domain since forever. Referenced “client” didn’t register their site until 2017. My article was published in 2015. Pixabay, Pixi, several others have it in CCO since 2011. It first appeared that I can find in 2002.

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But yeah, after Daniel went and posted a thing that got us falsely flagged for DMCA (bar charts man, evidently they own all the bar charts – got a laugh from the site’s hosts,) I’ve had a filter to pull these out of spam contention.

Oh here’s a link about Davis Robbins Legal

And year, here’s an old article on this exact company using the same verbage and case number: (clicky)

So yeah Davis Robbins Legal, I have a little bit of trouble buying this. Why am I writing Davis Robbins Legal so many times? Well, they’re attempting to manipulate SEO and so can I.

I don’t ask for people to share all that much, but yeah, share and mention Davis Robbins Legal so any site operator who’s only trying to do the right thing isn’t going to freak out when Davis Robbins Legal decides to all Davis Robbins Legal someone with a DMCA threat.

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9 thoughts on “I got an interesting DMCA scam tonight from Davis Robbins Legal

  • And I got an email from the author of the picture on Pixabay… fun times

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  • This is hillarious, keep us updated Paul

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  • Avatar of Issahaku Adam

    We received a similar threat from the same Harris Firm with the following; Just yesterday

    Dear owner of [url of purported post on which image is found)

    My name is Linda Harris, I am a Trademark Attorney of Davis Robbins
    Legal Services.

    I am reaching out to you as your website features content that has
    infringed on one copyright image owned by our client, RMJ Ltd.

    The use of this image – https://i.imgur.com/kHbvkj9.png is featured
    on your web page – (url on which we have used the image/),
    without proper image credit attribution.

    The Wayback Machine – https://web.archive.org/, a permanent public
    archive of the web, shows the image being used on your website.

    Our client, RMJ Ltd, is happy for their image to be used and shared
    across the internet. However, proper image credit is due for past or ongoing
    usage.

    The image credit to RMJ Ltd must be added underneath the image or
    somewhere appropriate on the offending page with a link to https://www.ruggedmotorbikejeans.com/.
    Otherwise, we are required to take legal action.

    I have assigned case ID #0728 to track this dispute, which should be
    quoted in all correspondence. Once you have added an image credit to the
    page, the case against you will be dropped.

    This letter is an official notification under Section 512(c) of the
    Digital Millennium Copyright Act (” DMCA”). If this is unresolved immediately
    we’ll have to proceed with filing a DMCA legal case.

    I am providing this notice with authority to act on behalf of the
    owner of the copyright(s) involved.

    Regards

    Linda Harris
    Trademark Attorney

    Davis Robbins Legal
    528 Market St.
    New York, NY 07840

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    • Yup, Davis Robbins Legal scam – oh look, case 728… again…

      I’ve really been hoping they file a DMCA complaint because I’ve got some time and would love someone to hit them with a false filing.

      Unfortunately other than suing for distress (which you might win something but not much,) there’s little one can do with these con artists even when they have a physical brick and mortar location.

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    • I’m just checking because sometimes people can get here through odd means, but you do see that I wrote all of that in the above article and the headline even says it’s a scam, word scam is written throughout said article, links to other sources that say Davis Robbins Legal is sending scam notifications.

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  • Thanks for sharing. I just googled the first line to cross check and your post was the first one I came across.
    DMCA case id is the same #0728, and the image I am actually infringing is not available on my website. I guess the scammer is in real hurry!!

    This is the mail

    Dear owner of (my site name),

    My name is Linda Harris, I am a Trademark Attorney of Davis Robbins
    Legal Services.

    I am reaching out to you as your website features content that has
    infringed on one copyright image owned by our client, MTS Ltd.

    The use of this image – https://i.imgur.com/k1ptkJx.png is featured
    on your web page – (my site name)
    without proper image credit attribution.

    The Wayback Machine – https://web.archive.org/, a permanent public
    archive of the web, shows the image being used on your website.

    Our client, MTS Ltd, is happy for their image to be used and shared
    across the internet. However, proper image credit is due for past or ongoing
    usage.

    The image credit to MTS Ltd must be added underneath the image or
    somewhere appropriate on the offending page with a link to https://www motorbiketireshop com/.
    Otherwise, we are required to take legal action.

    I have assigned case ID #0728 to track this dispute, which should be
    quoted in all correspondence. Once you have added an image credit to the
    page, the case against you will be dropped.

    This letter is an official notification under Section 512(c) of the
    Digital Millennium Copyright Act (” DMCA”). If this is unresolved immediately
    we’ll have to proceed with filing a DMCA legal case.

    I am providing this notice with authority to act on behalf of the
    owner of the copyright(s) involved.

    Regards

    Linda Harris
    Trademark Attorney

    Davis Robbins Legal
    528 Market St.
    New York, NY 07840

    Reply

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