The image shows screenshot of a DMCA notice sent from a “Larry Brennan” to Google on February 20, 2016, taken from the Lumen Database which was formerly ChillingEffects.org.
It claims that the original URL for the copyrighted document is https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Narconon/sources/reports/91report.htm and the URL of the infringing site is http://exscnforum.com/index.php/topic/16-narconon-501c3/
(Note: the allegedly infringing link is not to be confused with the Ex-Scientologist Message Board forum at http://www.forum.exscn.net/, and the clickable link above is to the archive.org version of the allegedly infringing page.)
The DMCA Notice says:
The entire article and notice was copied without consent, and in spite of several direct and indirect requests, the admin of the aforesaid website refuses to respond, nor takes any steps to remove the infringing content. It is important for legal reason that the notices and articles remain on my university server only, for proprietary purpose. You can see the infringing content posted by user ‘rhythm’ on http://exscnforum.com/index.php/topic/16-narconon-501c3/ , as seen in the screenshot http://i.imgur.com/Kak5rng.png.
There are several things wrong with this DMCA notice, aside from the errors in grammar.
Larry Brennan was a former Scientology executive who created and then exposed Scientology’s Corporate Shell Game. In 2012, as a transgendered woman, Larry transformed into Denise Brennan. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, Denise passed away as the result of a heart attack, resulting in much grief throughout the critic community. It is impossible for the real Larry Brennan to have sent this DMCA Notice.
Larry Brennan did not write the document allegedly infringed upon. That document is “Findings of Fact regarding the Narconon-Chilocco Application For Certification by the Board of Mental Health, State of Oklahoma”, written by State of Oklahoma Board of Mental Health in 1991. This report was the result of an Narconon Chilocco’s application for certification, and hearings of evidence on the issues of safety and effectiveness of the treatment. Certification was denied.
The site referred to as the Original URL is part of Dave Touretzky’s excellent site about Narconon, and I am quite sure he did not write the DMCA notice because not only has he always championed the spreading, rather than removal of, information, but he also does not hold a copyright for the Oklahoma document, nor would he claim to be Larry Brennan; he would use his own name if he were sending an official DMCA Notice.
Google removed the link from their search listings:
Narconon must be in real trouble if they have to resort to using a deceased person’s name to issue DMCA Notices!
They seem to have been quite busy with this tactic, which apparently Google has not investigated properly, because there are similar DMCA Notices listed here (2 pages): Lumen Database search for “narconon”. (Note that the ones from XCENTRIC VENTURES, LLC are from Ripoff Report, who is well known for protecting their own copyrights, such as they are, for other people’s written reviews. Some of the other notices are the ones I’m referring to.) It should be noted, also, that the notices listed there are likely only a subset of the total, since some recipients may not have entered their notices into the database.
Do any of our readers think they can give Google a clue how they’re being deceived? Make some noise!