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Fake Copyright Infringement Warnings Used to Spread Ransomware

by on May 12, 2021
in News, Computers and Software, Computer Safety & Support, Blog :: 326 comments

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Recently, Techlicious received a handful of posts in our comment section claiming that one of our images is violating copyright. We take copyright very seriously, so these posts immediately got my attention. But what I discovered could have actually been much worse – there was no copyright issue, it was all a ruse to trick us into installing a ransomware trojan that could have significantly disrupted our business.

Fortunately, I'm very familiar with how to recognize malware and scams, in general. But it would be easy for someone who isn't technically sophisticated to be fooled by these hackers and put their company's systems at risk.

Here are a couple of examples of the posts we received in the Techlicious comments [with Google Site URL removed]:

Hi!

My name is Jessica.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.techlicious.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Best regards,
Jessica Martin

and

Hi there!

This is Melangelle and I am a qualified photographer and illustrator.

I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I came across my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you must know that you could be sued by the owner.

It's not legal to use stolen images and it's so mean!

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.techlicious.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my legal copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/[redacted]

If you don't delete the images mentioned in the file above during the next several days, I'll file a to your hosting provider letting them know that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. 

And if it doesn't help, trust me I am going to take it to court! And I won't give you a prior notice again.

On first blush, that sounds pretty scary and is likely to get many site owners to click on the link to learn more about the details of the accusation. When you do, you will be served a webpage with a link to file with your "copyright infringement evidence."

Scam page showing File 'Copyright Infringement Evidence' is ready for downloadYour download should begin automatically. Didn’t work? Try downloading again. Download my file

In the version of the scam we received, the download is a .zip file containing a javascript (.js) file called "Copyright Infringement Evidence.js". I ran the file through Virus Total and it came back as a backdoor trojan – identified as js.Trojan.Cryxos.5779 and JS/Kryptik.BXN – that can be used to install ransomware and other malicious programs. Only 8 of the 61 malware scanning engines in Virus Total picked this up (BitDefender, Emsisoft, eScan, ESET-NOD32, FireEye, GData, MAX, NANO-Antivirus), meaning it currently has a high chance of slipping through most antimalware protection.

Screenshot of Virus Total results from scanning the Copyright Infringement Evidence.zip file showing only 8 of 61 scanning engines recognizing the ransomware: BitDefender, Emsisoft, eScan, ESET-NOD32, FireEye, GData, MAX, NANO-Antivirus

[EDITOR'S NOTE 8/12/2021: recent versions of this attack sent in by users are even more effective at evading antimalware protection. One sample was only picked up by a single vendor, NANO-Antivirus, a Russian-based antimalware organization, as Trojan.Script.Heuristic-js.iacgm. See: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/f2eeebca7c5d232cb4dce3698339a587ae6dc7cc98906d86573fe09a196ed95e/detection]

While this ransomware attack was directed against Techlicious through site comments, I can easily see the same attack method being attempted through email [EDITOR'S NOTE 5/13/21: readers are reporting in the comments below that the hackers are submitting these attacks through site Contact Us forms, as well.]. So it's an important reminder to be especially cautious when downloading any files from unknown third-parties or sites, and never try to open any file with an extension of .js or .exe unless you know exactly what it is and where it came from. To learn more, read our 5 tips to protect yourself against ransomware. You can also report the malware page to Google's malware reporting tool.

If you've received a similar message (on your site or via email), please post in the comments below [with the malware URL and any contact information redacted] so others will find it when doing a Google search and avoid the risk of having their systems compromised.

[Updated 5/25/2021 with information on Google malware reporting]

[Image credit: Smartphone on keyboard via BigStock Photo, screenshots via Techlicious]

Josh Kirschner is the co-founder of Techlicious and has been covering consumer tech for more than a decade. Before founding Techlicious, he was the Chief Marketing Officer for Inform Technologies, a start-up provider of semantic technology to media companies. Prior to Inform, Josh was a SVP and Managing Director in the financial services industry. Josh started his first company while still in college, a consumer electronics retailer focused on students.



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scam

From thor on July 21, 2021 :: 2:48 am

Name: Ashley
Company name: Ashley
Phone number: [redacted]
Email address: Gordonstock867@[redacted]
Message: Hi! My name is Ashley. Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by myself. Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at www.deeco.co.nz and my previous publication to obtain the evidence of my copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/[redacted] I do think you have willfully violated my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages of up to $140,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein. This message is official notification. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a company, the DMCA requires you, to remove and/or deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular notice. In case you don’t stop the use of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a law suit can be started against you. I do have a strong belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly violating is not approved by the copyright proprietor, its agent, or the laws. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am currently the copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. Sincerely, Ashley Gordon 07/21/2021

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Received Scam from Alecia

From Sheila L Holmes on July 21, 2021 :: 3:58 am

I did a google search to see if a photographer by that name exists and indeed and Alecia Davis does exist as a photographer; however, the email ‘Davisstock104@gmail.com’ doesn’t seem to exist. No way was I clicking on the link, but below is the pasted message received 07/15/21 via our website ‘Contact Us’ form. I replied and asked her to copy/paste screen shots; thanks for your post -I’ll now just delete and block!

Message Body:

From: Alecia <Davisstock104@[redacted]>
Subject: Re: sirensnyc.org Dmca Copyright Infringement Notice

Hello!

My name is Alecia.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at sirensnyc.org and my previous publications to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted]

I believe you have intentionally violated my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $140,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or/and deactivate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular notice. If you do not cease the use of the previously mentioned infringing content a law suit can be commenced against you.

I have a strong belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not permitted by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly violated.


Sincerely,
Alecia Davis

07/15/2021

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the hacking continues just got this one today through contact page of website

From michelle on July 21, 2021 :: 9:39 am

Hello!

My name is Nicole.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by me personally.

Take a look at this document with the URLs to my images you utilized at www.michellebehnkeassociates.com and my previous publications to obtain the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

In my opinion that you intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages as high as $120,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a company, the Dmca requires you, to remove or/and terminate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. In case you don’t stop the use of the aforementioned copyrighted materials a court action will likely be commenced against you.

I do have a strong self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably violating is not permitted by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as law.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Nicole Simmons

07/21/2021

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just received this fake email

From Alexis on July 21, 2021 :: 12:16 pm

Name: Amy Smith

Email Address: Smithstock616@[redacted]

Subject: www.alexisgenungstudios.com Dmca Copyright Infringement Notification

Message: Hello!

My name is Amy.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by myself.

Take a look at this report with the URLs to my images you utilized at www.alexisgenungstudios.com and my earlier publication to get the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I do believe you’ve willfully violated my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages of up to $130,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a service provider, the Dmca demands you, to remove and/or terminate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notice. In case you do not stop the use of the above mentioned copyrighted content a court action will likely be commenced against you.

I do have a strong faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably infringing is not permitted by the copyright owner, its agent, as well as law.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is correct and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is allegedly violated.


Sincerely,
Amy Smith

07/20/2021

Reply

Got one via my SquareSpace Portfolio site

From David on July 21, 2021 :: 12:51 pm

Glad I did a Google search about this. Just got one today. I have a personal portfolio site for my work in advertising, so this was alarming to receive.

———————————————-

My name is Scott.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by me personally.

Check out this doc with the URLs to my images you utilized at davidwilson-copywriter.squarespace.com and my previous publication to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/[redatcted]

I do think you have willfully violated my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages as high as $120,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notice. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please take note as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to eliminate and deactivate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this letter. If you do not stop the use of the aforementioned infringing materials a lawsuit can be started against you.

I do have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly violating is not permitted by the copyright proprietor, its agent, or the law.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am certified to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Scott Cole

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Same message here

From Tony on July 21, 2021 :: 8:55 pm

My name is Courtney.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by me personally.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you utilized at paltd.com.au and my previous publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I do think you have deliberately infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages of up to $130,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notice. I demand the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a service provider, the DMCA demands you, to remove and/or deactivate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this particular notice. In case you don’t stop the utilization of the aforementioned copyrighted materials a lawsuit will likely be started against you.

I have a good belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably violating is not authorized by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the law.

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.


Regards,
Courtney Martin

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same

From U L on July 21, 2021 :: 8:56 pm

> Hello!
>
> My name is Kelvin.
>
> Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright
> protected images owned by myself.
>
> Check out this report with the links to my images you utilized at
> objectsecurity.com and my previous publications to find the proof of my
> copyrights.
>
> Download it now and check this out for yourself:
>
> https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-
> d6e6c.appspot.com/o/d[redacted]
>
> I do believe you’ve willfully violated my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq.
> and could possibly be liable for statutory damage of up to $130,000 as set forth
> in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.
>
> This letter is official notice. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials
> described above. Please be aware as a service provider, the Digital Millennium
> Copyright Act demands you, to eliminate or deactivate access to the
> copyrighted content upon receipt of this notification letter. If you do not cease
> the use of the previously mentioned infringing content a legal action can be
> commenced against you.
>
> I do have a strong faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described
> above as allegedly violating is not approved by the copyright owner, its legal
> agent, or the laws.
>
> I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate
> and that I am currently the legal copyright owner or am certified to act on
> behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
>
>
> Sincerely,
> Kelvin Small
>
> 07/22/2021

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Had a few

From Mike Ratcliffe on July 22, 2021 :: 5:49 am

I have had a few of these… in the latest one the file link wouldn’t download anything so I assume google had already removed it.

I am careful to license images but realize that some are available for download on some sites as licensed images and on others as free to share.

I only open the links to check if there are actual image files or to look at the js file contents… never open files like these directly because then you can easily get infected.

Anyhow: the email follows.

—-

Hello there!

My name is Rose.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by myself.

Take a look at this doc with the links to my images you used at pamperurdog.com and my previous publication to find the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/shared/[redacted] 

I really believe you’ve deliberately violated my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $130,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please be aware as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to remove and/or disable access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this particular letter. In case you don’t stop the utilization of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a court action will likely be initiated against you.

I do have a strong faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not authorized by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, as well as law.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.


Sincerely,
Rose Lewis

07/07/2021

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We got the same thing through our company contact form

From Daniel Bovey on July 22, 2021 :: 12:23 pm

Hello!

My name is Kim.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this official document with the hyperlinks to my images you used at www.aff (redacted) and my previous publication to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/ (redacted)

I really believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $150,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a company, the Dmca demands you, to remove and disable access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this notification letter. If you do not cease the utilization of the aforementioned copyrighted materials a law suit can be commenced against you.

I do have a good self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably infringing is not authorized by the legal copyright owner, its agent, as well as law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is correct and that I am the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Kim Lasatin

07/22/2021

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I just got this email too

From Mikey on July 22, 2021 :: 12:33 pm

: I have a technical problem

: Lilleypix830@[redacted] m

: Pamela

:

Hi there!

My name is Pamela.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this report with the links to my images you used at householdtrending.com and my earlier publications to get the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I believe you’ve intentionally infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages of up to $110,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials described above. Please be aware as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to remove or terminate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this particular notice. If you don’t stop the utilization of the above mentioned infringing materials a law suit will be initiated against you.

I do have a good belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not approved by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, as well as law.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the legal copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Regards,
Pamela Lilley

07/22/2021

Reply

Got one as well via our contact form

From Bill on July 22, 2021 :: 11:15 pm

Didn’t download the file!

Reply

Hi! I got one too

From Julien on July 23, 2021 :: 2:19 am

Hi! I got one too (didn’t click on the link)

Thank you for hosting this forum and looking out for us grin!

Sent via form submission from Marco Polo Project

Name: Megan Nagel

Email Address: Nagelshot953@[redacted]

Subject: Attn: www.marcopoloproject.org Dmca Copyright Infringement Notification

Message: Hello!

My name is Megan.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyrighted images owned by me personally.

Check out this report with the links to my images you used at www.marcopoloproject.org and my previous publications to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I do believe you have willfully violated my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials described above. Please take note as a company, the Dmca demands you, to remove and/or terminate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. If you do not stop the utilization of the previously mentioned infringing materials a legal action will be initiated against you.

I do have a strong belief that use of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably violating is not approved by the copyright owner, its agent, or the laws.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Sincerely,
Megan Nagel

07/23/2021

Reply

Message via our website

From Gerah Dutkiewicz on July 23, 2021 :: 8:54 am

Name: Melissa Newman

Phone: [redacted]

Email Address: Newmanhd119@[redacted]

Message: Hello!

My name is Melissa.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this report with the links to my images you utilized at www.liggettville.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I believe you’ve intentionally infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damage of up to $140,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please be aware as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to eliminate and deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notification letter. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted materials a court action can be commenced against you.

I do have a good belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably infringing is not permitted by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the legislation.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am the copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed.


Sincerely,
Melissa Newman

07/23/2021

Reply

Copyright Infringement Scam Email

From Linda on July 23, 2021 :: 11:40 am

Name: Rachel

Email: Ferellhd648@[redacted]

Message: Hi!

My name is Rachel.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this doc with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at hempexco.com and my earlier publication to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I do believe you have deliberately violated my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages as high as $130,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notification. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to eliminate and disable access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular letter. In case you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted content a law suit will be started against you.

I do have a good self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not authorized by the copyright proprietor, its agent, as well as laws.

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am currently the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed.


Best regards,
Rachel Ferell

07/23/2021

Reply

Thanks for the notice! We received the same

From Chris on July 25, 2021 :: 2:45 pm

MESSAGE:
Hi!

My name is Courtney.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by me personally.

Take a look at this official document with the URLs to my images you utilized at truewater-solutions.com and my previous publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I think you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damage as high as $140,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please be aware as a company, the Dmca requires you, to eliminate and deactivate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular notification letter. If you do not stop the utilization of the aforementioned copyrighted content a legal action will be started against you.

I do have a good self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly violating is not authorized by the copyright proprietor, its agent, as well as laws.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly violated.


Sincerely,
Courtney Campbell

Reply

Same message here

From Matt M on July 25, 2021 :: 5:57 pm

This happened to us a couple days ago through the contact function on our website. The constant barrage of scammers is really annoying. Thanks for keeping everyone updated though!

————

Name: Maria

Email Address: Yanghd512@[redacted]

Phone Number: [redacted]

How can we help you?: Hello there!

My name is Maria.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by myself.

Check out this official document with the URLs to my images you used at www.mattlandscapes.com and my previous publication to find the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

In my opinion you have deliberately infringed my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $140,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials described above. Please take note as a service provider, the Dmca requires you, to eliminate or/and deactivate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this notification letter. If you don’t cease the use of the above mentioned infringing materials a law suit can be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not approved by the copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as laws.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am certified to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Maria Yang

07/23/2021

Reply

I also received this

From Bill M. on July 29, 2021 :: 3:50 pm

Like other’s the messages were pretty much identical ... and I opened it on my smartform and clicked the link (but did not download or execute) anything - so I think I am fine.  But this is an ongoing issue and definitely a major concern.

I hope to learn if anyone was affected by these scams directly.

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Contact form email

From Phillip Warren on August 03, 2021 :: 3:14 pm

We have received the same through our Contact Us page:

Janet (Reedhd394@[redacted]) has sent you a message via your contact form (https://www.meredithnh.org/user/39/contact) at Meredith NH.
If you don’t want to receive such e-mails, you can change your settings at https://www.meredithnh.org/user/39/edit.
Message:
Hello!
My name is Janet.
Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by me personally.
Take a look at this report with the hyperlinks to my images you used at www.meredithnh.org and my previous publications to find the proof of my copyrights.
Download it right now and check this out for yourself:
https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/do…
In my opinion that you intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages of up to $120,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein.
This message is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to eliminate and/or terminate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this letter. In case you do not stop the utilization of the above mentioned infringing materials a court action can be started against you.
I do have a good belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not permitted by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the law.
I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am currently the legal copyright proprietor or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably infringed.
Regards,
Janet Reed
08/03/2021

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Also received this scam via email

From Laura on August 03, 2021 :: 8:30 pm

Hi!

My name is Lisa.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this official document with the links to my images you utilized at powerthruconsulting.com and my earlier publication to get the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I believe that you intentionally violated my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $120,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a service provider, the DMCA requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notice. In case you do not stop the use of the above mentioned copyrighted content a legal action will be commenced against you.

I do have a strong self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, as well as laws.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is correct and that I am the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly violated.


Best regards,
Lisa Miller

08/02/2021

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Jus received this today

From Callie on August 04, 2021 :: 3:09 pm

Hi Josh

I have received the same email today. Completely panicked at first that I had done something wrong, then my scam alarm went off in my head! I google and found your blog, thank you! Here’s what I received:

From: Wendy
Subject: Attention: www.soothingholistics.com Dmca Copyright Infringement Notification

Message Body:
Hi!

My name is Wendy.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the URLs to my images you utilized at www.soothingholistics.com and my earlier publications to find the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I believe that you willfully infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages of up to $140,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a service provider, the DMCA demands you, to remove and disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular notification letter. If you don’t stop the use of the above mentioned infringing materials a legal action can be commenced against you.

I do have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not approved by the copyright proprietor, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am currently the legal copyright proprietor or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly violated.


Best regards,
Wendy Piekarski

08/04/2021

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this is fake

From Anonymous on August 04, 2021 :: 10:19 pm

Message
Hello!

My name is Melissa.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by me personally.

Check out this official document with the URLs to my images you utilized at www.sitename.com and my previous publication to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/download-dlm39vbk30.html?alt=media&token=d0b122e7-49bb-4c04-9b26-d2364ca615f2&d=412736396371179540

In my opinion you’ve intentionally infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage of up to $150,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Dmca requires you, to remove and/or terminate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notice. If you do not stop the use of the previously mentioned infringing materials a lawsuit will likely be initiated against you.

I do have a strong self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not authorized by the copyright owner, its legal agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am currently the copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably infringed.


Regards,
Melissa Byers

08/04/2021

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Received same via contact us on website

From Rose on August 05, 2021 :: 10:45 am

Name: Zach

Email: [redacted]@hotmail.com

Address: [redacted]

Phone: [redacted]

How can we help you?: Hi!

My name is Zach.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at [redacted] and my earlier publication to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/download[redacted]

I do believe you’ve intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damage as high as $120,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a company, the Dmca requires you, to remove and deactivate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you do not stop the utilization of the above mentioned copyrighted materials a legal action can be initiated against you.

I do have a good self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably infringing is not permitted by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the legislation.

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am the copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably violated.

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Fake DMCA Notice

From Chuck on August 05, 2021 :: 12:58 pm

Thanks for writing about this. This is the second one we’ve gotten through our website contact form in the past 6 weeks.

***
My name is Caitlin.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by me personally.

Check out this report with the links to my images you used at tech-intl.com and my previous publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

(Download link redacted)

I think that you willfully infringed my rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages as high as $140,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notice. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Take note as a service provider, the Dmca demands you, to eliminate and terminate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this letter. If you don’t cease the utilization of the above mentioned infringing materials a legal action will likely be started against you.

I do have a good faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly violating is not authorized by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is correct and that I am currently the legal copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed.


Sincerely,
Caitlin Wright

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I also received the following scam email through my site's "Contact Us"

From Nick Owchar on August 06, 2021 :: 3:07 pm

Name: Danielle Morrissey
Subject: DMCA Copyright Violation Notification email
I’m interested in…: Organizational Work
Message: Hello there!

My name is Danielle.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at xxxxx and my previous publications to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I believe you’ve intentionally violated my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage as high as $140,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to remove or deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this letter. In case you don’t stop the utilization of the aforementioned infringing content a legal action will likely be initiated against you.

I have a good belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not permitted by the legal copyright owner, its agent, or the legislation.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.


Sincerely,
Danielle Morrissey

08/06/2021

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Download didn't work

From Al on August 06, 2021 :: 4:16 pm

Hi,

Hope you’re well. I had one just like this and foolishly opened the file without seeing your great page of warning. When I then clicked “Download my file”, nothing at all happened and no downloads appeared. Ran two scanning engines since and nothing was detected. Do you think everything’s fine?

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Yes, everything's fine

From Josh Kirschner on August 06, 2021 :: 6:52 pm

If you didn’t see any downloads it likely means the file(s) was already taken down. So you likely dodged a bullet that time and now you know for the future!

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Canceled the download before it came thru. Reached out to my work IT team for a follow up Scan.

From Rocco Miller on August 09, 2021 :: 8:04 pm

Dmca Copyright Violation Notification

Message: Hello!

My name is Heather.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by me personally.

Take a look at this official document with the links to my images you utilized at bracketeer.org and my previous publication to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I believe that you willfully violated my rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $140,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to eliminate and disable access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular notice. In case you do not stop the use of the previously mentioned infringing materials a legal action will likely be initiated against you.

I have a good belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly violating is not approved by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the law.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the legal copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Regards,
Heather Sites

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Hi!My name is Lauren.Your website

From Lauren Gruselle on August 10, 2021 :: 12:58 pm

Hi!
My name is Lauren.
Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by myself.
Check out this report with the URLs to my images you used at sprintprintdecaturatlanta.com and my earlier publication to get the proof of my copyrights.
Download it right now and check this out for yourself:
https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]
I believe you have deliberately violated my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.
This letter is official notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a service provider, the DMCA demands you, to remove and/or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notification letter. If you don’t cease the use of the previously mentioned infringing content a court action will likely be started against you.
I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not approved by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, or the laws.
I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am currently the copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly violated.
Best regards,
Lauren Gruselle
08/10/2021

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Got one today

From Jessica on August 10, 2021 :: 2:33 pm

Got this today. I did click the link, so now I’m worried. Will do a virus scan but doesn’t look like anything got through.
_____________________________________

Name: Dan Black

Email: Blackpix922@[redacted].com

Message: Hello!

My name is Dan.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyrighted images owned by myself.

Take a look at this report with the links to my images you used at cascobaysewing.com and my earlier publication to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

In my opinion you have intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages of up to $130,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove and disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular letter. In case you don’t cease the use of the above mentioned infringing content a law suit can be commenced against you.

I have a good self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not approved by the copyright owner, its legal agent, or the law.

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly violated.


Best regards,
Dan Black

08/10/2021

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Arrived through our online form

From Amy C Austin on August 10, 2021 :: 3:10 pm

Hi there!
My name is Stephanie.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyrighted images owned by me personally.

Take a look at this report with the URLs to my images you used at <removed>.com and my previous publication to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

In my opinion you’ve willfully violated my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages of up to $130,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a service provider, the DMCA demands you, to remove and/or deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you don’t stop the use of the above mentioned infringing content a lawsuit will be started against you.

I do have a strong faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not authorized by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the laws.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly violated.

Regards,
Stephanie Carroll

08/10/2021

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They GOT ME!!!

From Chris on August 10, 2021 :: 3:36 pm

I NEVER fall for these but this one got me. it didn’t download so hopefully the link was blocked by Google. but I did click the link and then I CLICKED THE DOWNLOAD IMAGE LINK!!! I cant believe i fell for it.

LA
Lawsonpix623@v.com asked
Aug 9th 2021 - 2:36 AM
From: Lisa Lawson <Lawsonpix623@[redacted].com>Subject: Attn: fatplantssandiego.com Dmca Copyright Infringement NoticeMessage Body:Hello there!My name is Lisa.Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by myself.Check out this official document with the URLs to my images you used at fatplantssandiego.com and my previous publication to obtain the proof of my copyrights.Download it right now and check this out for yourself:https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted] In my opinion you’ve intentionally violated my legal rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $140,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.This message is official notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a service provider, the Dmca demands you, to eliminate or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular letter. In case you don’t stop the utilization of the aforementioned copyrighted content a law suit will likely be initiated against you.I do have a good self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the legal copyright proprietor, its agent, or the law.I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am currently the copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.Best regards,Lisa Lawson08/09/2021—This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Fat Plants San Diego (https://fatplantssandiego.com)
New status: Active
From: Lisa Lawson <Lawsonpix623@[redacted].com>
Subject: Attn: fatplantssandiego.com Dmca Copyright Infringement Notice

Message Body:
Hello there!

My name is Lisa.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this official document with the URLs to my images you used at fatplantssandiego.com and my previous publication to obtain the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/download-dk3nvk309jn.html?alt=media&token=33242575-d49a-4ad2-abae-751d0a14c929&ID=652573224964279112

In my opinion you’ve intentionally violated my legal rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $140,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a service provider, the Dmca demands you, to eliminate or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular letter. In case you don’t stop the utilization of the aforementioned copyrighted content a law suit will likely be initiated against you.

I do have a good self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the legal copyright proprietor, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am currently the copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.


Best regards,
Lisa Lawson

08/09/2021


This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Fat Plants San Diego (https://fatplantssandiego.com)

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Sent to my company contact form

From Jack on August 11, 2021 :: 8:47 am

Name: Jennifer Stanley

Email: Stanleyhd512@[redacted].com

Subject: Attention: .squarespace.com Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Copyright Infringement Notification

Message: Hello there!

My name is Jennifer.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this doc with the URLs to my images you used at .squarespace.com and my earlier publication to find the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/download-[REDACTED]

I do think you have deliberately infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $120,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or terminate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you do not cease the use of the above mentioned infringing materials a legal action will likely be initiated against you.

I have a strong belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably infringing is not approved by the copyright owner, its agent, or the laws.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.


Best regards,
Jennifer Stanley

08/09/2021

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Thank you for the information!

From Lisa Drenckhahn on August 11, 2021 :: 9:44 am

“Hello there!

My name is Kimberly.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by me personally.

Take a look at this report with the hyperlinks to my images you used at dunncountyhumanesociety.org and my previous publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage….

I do think you have willfully violated my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages of up to $140,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notice. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a service provider, the Dmca requires you, to eliminate or terminate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notification letter. In case you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted content a lawsuit can be started against you.

I do have a good belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not authorized by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, as well as laws.
We received this email today through our contact form on our site. We also take copyrights seriously and it got my attention right away. Thankfully I know enough to look into something like this before clicking, but it is convincing enough to catch even a savvy person.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is allegedly violated.


Best regards,
Kimberly Shepard

08/11/2021”

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Adding to the list.

From PJ on August 11, 2021 :: 1:53 pm

Name 2: Mindy
Email 3: [redacted]
Field 2: Hello! My name is Mindy. Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by myself. Take a look at this document with the hyperlinks to my images you used at [website] and my previous publication to find the evidence of my copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted] I think you’ve intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages of up to $130,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein. This message is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a company, the DMCA requires you, to eliminate and/or disable access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you do not cease the utilization of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a court action will be initiated against you. I do have a strong belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not permitted by the copyright owner, its legal agent, or the law. I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am currently the copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed. Regards, Mindy Hood 08/11/2021

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So glad I saw this post!

From Sharon Eisenberg on August 11, 2021 :: 6:29 pm

Hi,

I also received a notice with very similar wording to above and nearly had a heart attack! I was actually going to click on the link but decided against it.

Here’s mine:

Hello there!

My name is Christina.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by me personally.

Take a look at this official document with the links to my images you utilized at (redacted) and my previous publications to get the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/ (removed rest of link)

In my opinion you’ve intentionally violated my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damage of up to $150,000 as set-forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please be aware as a service provider, the DMCA demands you, to eliminate or/and disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted content a law suit will likely be initiated against you.

I do have a strong belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as legislation.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am the copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed.


Regards,
Christina Smith

08/11/2021

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Also encountered this ransomware attack

From Bryan on August 12, 2021 :: 2:41 am

This just happened to me on my professional musicians homepage. Text is copied below

My name is Kristen.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by me personally.

Check out this doc with the URLs to my images you used at www.bryanlanemusic.com and my previous publication to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I think that you intentionally violated my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages of up to $110,000 as set-forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a service provider, the Dmca demands you, to eliminate or disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular notice. In case you don’t cease the use of the previously mentioned infringing content a legal action will likely be started against you.

I have a strong self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not permitted by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as laws.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am currently the copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed.


Best regards,
Kristen Ramos

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Same spam email just received

From Janet Moore-Coll on August 12, 2021 :: 8:20 am

Thank you so much for this post, as it confirmed my assumption that this email is malicious. I received the same message (identical to others, sent by “Rachel” this time) through my photography website. I was sure it was fraudulent but was glad to find this column about it.

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Here is the message we received

From Rob Southgate on August 12, 2021 :: 8:48 am

My name is Cathy.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this official document with the links to my images you used at www.xxxxxxx.com and my earlier publication to get the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I believe that you willfully violated my legal rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages of up to $150,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please be aware as a company, the DMCA demands you, to remove or/and deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notification letter. In case you do not stop the use of the previously mentioned copyrighted content a legal action can be started against you.

I have a good self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably infringing is not authorized by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am currently the legal copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Regards,
Cathy Carpenter

08/11/2021

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Just got this seemed fishy

From Samantha Pettico on August 12, 2021 :: 9:57 am

Name:  Michelle
Email:    [redacted]
Phone:    [redacted]
Message:  Hello! My name is Michelle. Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by myself. Take a look at this official document with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at communityselfstorage.storageunitsoftware.com and my earlier publication to find the evidence of my copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/[redacted] I do believe that you deliberately infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages of up to $110,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein. This letter is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials described above. Please be aware as a company, the DMCA requires you, to eliminate and deactivate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular notice. If you do not cease the utilization of the above mentioned copyrighted content a lawsuit can be started against you. I do have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the legislation. I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is presumably violated. Best regards, Michelle Goodman 08/12/2021

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I received one on our website's "Contact Us" link

From KO on August 12, 2021 :: 6:56 pm

Name: Kara

Email: Perryshot994@[redacted]

Messages: Hello there!

My name is Kara.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyrighted images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.REDACTED.com and my earlier publications to get the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I think you have willfully violated my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages of up to $130,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a company, the Dmca demands you, to remove and/or disable access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this notification letter. In case you don\‘t cease the utilization of the above mentioned copyrighted materials a court action will be commenced against you.

I do have a strong self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the legal copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly violated.


Sincerely,
Kara Perry

08/11/2021

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I have received roughly 11 of these through my contact form

From Kate Porter on August 13, 2021 :: 12:13 am

I have received roughly 11 of these submitted through my contact form. As a photographer myself, I was super confused but nervous at first and now I just have to continue to ignore them as at least 1-2 have been coming through per week. It’s annoying to say the least. Hoping somehow I can filter them eventually!

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Spamers hackers

From Michael on August 13, 2021 :: 4:35 am

Wow spamers and hackers are doing all kinds of this now aren’t they here is another one for everyone.

Name: Laurie

State/Country: USA

Email: Haynesstock950@[redacted]

Message: Hello!

My name is Laurie.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by myself.

Check out this official document with the links to my images you used at moespile.com and my earlier publication to obtain the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I believe you have deliberately violated my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage as high as $130,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials described above. Please take note as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to eliminate and/or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you don’t cease the utilization of the previously mentioned infringing content a lawsuit will be started against you.

I do have a good faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably infringing is not authorized by the legal copyright owner, its agent, or the laws.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am the copyright proprietor or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed.


Regards,
Laurie Haynes

08/13/2021

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Copywrite malware scam email

From Emmanuelle Wambach on August 13, 2021 :: 7:24 am

Name: Nick Watkins

Email Address: Watkinshd071@[redacted]

Subject: Attn: ————Dmca Copyright Violation Notification

Message: Hello!

My name is Nick.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this doc with the hyperlinks to my images you used at emmanuelleceramics.com and my previous publications to get the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://

I do think that you willfully violated my rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages as high as $130,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a company, the Dmca demands you, to eliminate or terminate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this letter. In case you do not cease the utilization of the previously mentioned infringing materials a lawsuit will likely be commenced against you.

I have a strong faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably violating is not approved by the copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as law.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is correct and that I am the copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.


Sincerely,
Nick Watkins

08/13/2021

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I got 2 of these via my contact form on my website today.

From Haily on August 13, 2021 :: 12:40 pm

Name: Antonio Maxwell

Email Address: Maxwellstock824@[redacted]

Subject: !!! [my website url] Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Copyright Infringement Notification email

Message: Hello!

My name is Antonio.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this doc with the links to my images you utilized at [my website url] and my previous publication to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

[redacted long link to firebase storage]

I believe you’ve willfully violated my rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damage of up to $120,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please take note as a company, the Dmca requires you, to remove and/or terminate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this notice. If you don’t stop the utilization of the previously mentioned copyrighted content a law suit will likely be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not permitted by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as legislation.

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly violated.


Regards,
Antonio Maxwell

08/13/2021

AND

Name: Jessica Snyder

Email Address: Snyderstock842@[redacted]

Subject: Attention: [my website URL] DMCA Copyright Infringement Notification

Message: Hi!

My name is Jessica.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the URLs to my images you utilized at [my website URL] and my previous publications to find the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

[redacted long link to firebase storage]

I really believe that you intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage of up to $140,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notification. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove and deactivate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular notification letter. If you do not stop the use of the aforementioned infringing materials a law suit can be commenced against you.

I do have a strong faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably violating is not permitted by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as laws.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am the legal copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed.


Sincerely,
Jessica Snyder

08/13/2021

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Received via Contact Form on Website

From JuanitaB on August 16, 2021 :: 9:38 am

Message:    Hi!

My name is Anthony.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this official document with the links to my images you utilized at “REDACTED” and my earlier publications to obtain the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https:REDACTED

I do believe you’ve intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage of up to $150,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a service provider, the DMCA requires you, to eliminate and deactivate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you don’t cease the utilization of the aforementioned infringing content a lawsuit can be started against you.

I have a good belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably infringing is not permitted by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the laws.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am currently the legal copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably infringed.


Best regards,
Anthony Lowell

08/16/2021

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Thank you for looking out for the mom-pop shop owners!

From Dana D. on August 16, 2021 :: 1:24 pm

Techlicous, Thank you so much for this article. Really helped me. I was very concerned. Then I did a search and found you on the top of the list on google. Thank you! Really helped me a lot. Really appreciate it.

My email was exactly the same other than the sender’s name: Kristy Panda.

I did click on the link but google seemed to stop it?

Keep up the great work for our community, probably a lot of mom and pop shops and small business owners.

Thank you again!

Reply

Received the message through contact us page

From Eric on August 17, 2021 :: 8:57 am

From: Stephanie <Duranshot829@[redacted]>
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 8:04 AM
To: [redacted]
Subject: Subject: You got a message “Re: [redacted] DMCA Copyright Violation Notification”

From: Stephanie <Duranshot829@[redacted]>
Subject: Re: [redacted] DMCA Copyright Violation Notification
Phone: 19175924243

Message Body:
Hello!

My name is Stephanie.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyrighted images owned by me personally.

Take a look at this report with the hyperlinks to my images you used at itechpersonnel.net and my earlier publication to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $110,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to eliminate and/or terminate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this letter. In case you do not stop the use of the aforementioned infringing content a legal action will be initiated against you.

I do have a strong faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not approved by the legal copyright owner, its agent, or the laws.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Sincerely,
Stephanie Duran

08/17/2021

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Scam

From Nataniah on August 17, 2021 :: 4:42 pm

Name: Angela

Email: Taylorpix409@[redacted]

Message: Hi there!

My name is Angela.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this report with the hyperlinks to my images you used at artelgallery.org and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

In my opinion that you intentionally infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set-forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular letter. If you do not cease the utilization of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a court action will be started against you.

I do have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not permitted by the copyright owner, its legal agent, or the laws.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this message is correct and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly violated.


Sincerely,
Angela Taylor

08/17/2021

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Fake notification

From Fjc on August 17, 2021 :: 6:04 pm

Hello there!  My name is Rahmayanda.  Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by me personally.  Check out this report with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at yourbirthingbody.com and my previous publications to get the proof of my copyrights.  Download it right now and check this out for yourself:  https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/[redacted]  In my opinion you have deliberately infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages as high as $110,000 as set forth in Sec. 504(c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA)

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Client received the same/similar email to all the above

From Anthony Hortin on August 18, 2021 :: 1:54 am

A client of mine just received the same/similar email to those above:

======

Hello!

My name is Jessica.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you utilized at [redacted].com and my previous publication to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/download-[redacted]

In my opinion that you deliberately infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $130,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notification. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please be aware as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to eliminate and disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notification letter. In case you do not stop the use of the previously mentioned infringing content a legal action will likely be initiated against you.

I have a strong faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly infringing is not approved by the legal copyright proprietor, its agent, as well as law.

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed.


Sincerely,
Jessica Calhoon

08/17/2021

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