I don't know if this belongs on the Bewares board, but I'm curious about this company.
Their site says "Protecting Publishers And Their Authors From Digital Piracy." That's all well and good (although I'd lowercase the "and" and "from" ). But last month, I got a DMCA takedown notice from Scribd.com that a copy of Venus in Furs I posted there had been removed because of a third party complaint about copy infringement. Today, I got a takedown notice from Scribd about a copy of A Little Princess I had posted. (Although this one did not say DMCA takedown notice, so maybe they were a tad more careful?) In both cases, when I clicked the link to the Scribd site, the link said "This content was removed at the request of Attributor, Inc."
So does anyone know who runs Attributor, Inc., and who they are working for? The author of Venus in Furs died in 1895, so I'm pretty sure they aren't protecting his rights. And how can a publisher have the right to demand Venus in Furs be taken down if it's out of copyright? What kind of anti-piracy company is Attributor, Inc. if they can't get that much straight? I was assuming that a company that helps Macmillan, Random House, and others protect themselves against piracy knew how to Google. Was I wrong?
Also, is there anyone I should report these bogus notices to? At the very least, the Venus in Furs notice was listed as a DMCA notice, so is there a way to report that? I sent the Counter Notification notice to Scribd, and they restored the work, but I was wondering if there was another step that should be taken.
Attributor has contact information on the site, and I am withholding the fist of doom for now. But I might send them an e-mail that says "Next time use Google!!!"