Bloggers; music sites, newspapers and more — we’ve all been there. If you own a website or company of any kind in the United Kingdom (and even beyond) you’ve probably heard of the aforementioned Web Sheriff organisation. An organisation that actually is pretty worthless, and, actually doesn’t understand basic copyright laws let alone much else.
Web Sheriff has a long and controversial history with bogus threats; forged documents, and flat-out lying to websites. In the first point I’ll make, uh, Web Sheriff was once embroiled in a controversy involving none other than Taoi Cruiz (whose name is actually a really cool African name). Web Sheriff reportedly, at the time, sent a fake birth certificate using the name “Jacob Taoi Cruz” to a website called MusicBrainz.com.
Unfortunately for Web Sheriff, uh, the site quickly picked up on the forged document and swiftly came after them for it. One of the very first problems ever to occur with Web Sheriff, indeed, was this particular situation. Cruz ‘s “team” (at least per the organisation) demanded that MusicBrainz remove Cruz’s “alleged real name” because it wasn’t factual. [Website].
Even our own newspaper, several of them at that, have once been the aforementioned target of Web Sheriff. In 2015 and 2016, WS, claimed that we had violated just about every English law known to mankind (we didn’t think that was possible). In a previous post, uh, we revealed just that. In that infamous list (we were among the British newspapers that defied black-out orders of Elton John’s name in that threesome scandal). In our case, it, appeared that WS was claiming that violated all possible laws over exposing Elton John ‘s secret affair and abuse of power.
“The Digital Sheriff” pretty much as a forged history that often is so dishonest, one, could only actually wonder how they became the “copyright warriors” of the internet to begin with. They lie about copyright so much, that, they’ve allegedly managed to trick artists into giving songs to their fan- — in exchange for any kind of leaked content being taken off the internet. They do this to protect the sky-high payments that they receive from artists and their ilk in exchange for “copyright and data protection”.
It’s worth pointing out that Web Sheriff is indeed based in the United Kingdom. The company apparently has multiple offices in the area, but, is largely believed to be nothing more than a “DMCA” “scheme” out to make money. This organisation appears to be a scam.