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Jesse Willms Settles in Court with Google – a Google Win against the Scammers?

Just Think Media Settles With Google Over Trademark Infringement

Last year Jesse Willms threw the lawyer dogs at me which forced me to pull some posts.  I’d been calling him a scammer which was obviously in clear contradiction of his (now public) self-vision as a charitable philanthropist.

Just Think Media Google Judgement

Just Think Media Google Judgement

Statue of JusticeHowever yesterday, Google, who had originally sued 50 unknown John Does reached a settlement with some of the defendants in a case originally brought on 17 May, 2010.  prominent among these is Just Think Media, latterly a vehicle for Jesse Willms’ internet enterprises.  See final judgement here.

Apparently, all defendants are saying that the Google claims are false, yet are paying up.  Whether they have or not, I don’t know.  Google still won.

You’ll notice in the above screenshot that it includes as many of Willms’ businesses and associates that they can discover – Farend Services on Cyprus, 1016363 Alberta, 1524948 Alberta and his current vehicle, Terra Marketing Group (This is him on the “about” page).

Farend Services popped up a lot in our investigations.  This is Willms take on networks and affiliates and how his business worked in a now hard-to-find interview from around New year, 2011:

It‟s a commission type arrangement in which we hire networks to manage our advertising and we pay them a certain amount of money per product sold. Those networks hire affiliates to place the ads and most of them are very good – but we occasionally run into problems with affiliates making false claims.

Blaming all the failures on the folks who fed him customers which he did in his interview did not save him from folding under the weight of evidence that Google presented to the Utah court.

Noticeable by its absence in the interview is any mention of the Google case although mention is made of his cases against CTV and others!  In actual fact, from our and others investigations,  the statement “…affiliates to place the ads and most of them are very good” is so far from the truth as to be laughable.

This is because time and again we saw the same adverts all served from the same few servers (like Bloosky say) and all the affiliates all quoting the same copyright infringing stuff in their webpages that have been used and proved in this case  by Google, almost continuously.

This is not a few affiliates- it’s almost all affiliates!  Almost all the time!  The web was full of it!

Oprah

So to be absolutely clear, Willms blamed almost everything on his affiliates in the Oprah Winfrey case, which he also lost.  Quote:

Affiliates broke our rules and used their unauthorized images, and made claims that she had endorsed our products. Even though we didn‟t use the unauthorized images ourselves, this case has been settled and there are measures in place so this doesn’t happen again.


Software

The thing is, he had an excuse for his million dollar fine for flogging counterfeit Microsoft and Symantech software as well, which given that they’d want at least their lost sales back does not equate with his statement of:

Only a small percentage, less than one per cent, was counterfeit.

So far, without any other corroborative information, it is only Jesse saying this.  He blamed everything on his supply chain.   To be fair, Microsoft’s authentication system was poorer some years ago than it is now.

Willms also says that he has learned from his mistakes in his interview.  Let’s hope he has.

This case goes back to his business efforts for 2009 and earlier.

Since then he has apparently folded on the-next-big-thing which was penny auctions and has gone to great pains to shift website ownership of his earlier websites (as detailed in posts and comments passim).  His Terra Marketing outfit are noticeable for their absence of any business activity (at least compared to the past) and appear to exist purely for charitable works and a promotional vehicle for Willms himself.  Their website mentions “partners” and is big on saying, well, er, not a lot actually.  It’s not clear what they do but apparently 250 people are doing it!

And there’s the nagging questions again;

  • If this interview is so wonderful, how come it has now been pulled and is only available via the Google cache?  Originally he was very proud of it and went to great pains to promote it…!  I have enough news log references to it to fill a (….insert your own big thing here….)
  • And why are the Willms businesses and domain names being shuffled off this mortal coil so quickly?
  • And Farend Services in Cyprus, the companies in Pasig City, Nevis, County Durham and Gibralter plus Pacific WebWorks and Willms’ former enterprises…  – Is the fact that the same names and addresses, phone numbers and call centres all kept popping up a valid causal link or is it really just several businesses all using the same business services with or without considering the ethics of their business decisions?

I guess there’s still time to find out.

Where is The Jesse Willms Interview?

Interestingly, despite all the web puffs for it when it first came out, it has disappeared!  He – mentioned it here on his main personal blog and http://www.gettingtheinterview.ca/ – it used to be here.  Sadly, and ironically, the Google cache (how coolly ironic is that?) provides us the answers:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:t8cCRQchBSkJ:jessewillms.com/giving-my-first-interview/+jesse+willms+interview&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&source=www.google.co.uk

…is for his self-promotion of the interview and below is the actual interview, which had also gone!  (I’m not making this stuff up you know, but it shows the lengths to which some folks will go to rig Google search ranking…)

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:E5uCb8xgIYYJ:www.gettingtheinterview.ca/+http://www.gettingtheinterview.ca/&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&source=www.google.co.uk

If the cache changes, these are copies I made of their state today, in doc and pdf format.

 

Conclusion

Gandulf Decides

Gandulf Decides

So.  Scammer or philanthropist?  You decide.  The settlement in court says one thing.

Google won $1.6m between the defendants, which in my opinion is a fraction of the money that the scammers duped from their “customers” over the years.

Reading the Google case shows that Google only started to react when they themselves were asked to answer court summonses by folks that had been scammed  – by Willms, Pacific WebWorks and the rest under the mistaken impression that it was Google taking the cash from them!

During the time of the scams in question, Google made heaps of money from the advert placers (the affiliates). Perhaps they’d like to dip into their pockets and help the thousands who’ve been scammed by financing a proper damages case?

Probably not.  Gotta think of the shareholders.

As always, it’s the little folks that suffer.

And Google, with its “do no harm” mantra, has actually not done much good at all!  The case has provided a case law example for any folks willing to take up the reins against the defendants for monies lost, though.

Or the FTC could take up the baton and recover the millions for people should they wish to do it.  Let’s see.

 

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Jesse Willms Favourite TV Clips

Hi.  Jesse Willms the noted philanthropist here.

As Featured in The News!

As Featured in The News!

You know, when I get home from work, driving in my little red car through all the poor people on the free-way,  I like to think of the difference I’ve made to the little people’s lives.

Since reading about all those rich people, I thought to myself, “why not give back all the money I got from the little people, and give it back, but to a better sort of little person?”.  A bit like those ones in Honduras that I’ve been preparing to meet.  Oooh!  It’ll be lovely.

Philanthropist

Dr Oz on CTV

So that’s what I’ve done!  Everyone in the whole world can now benefit from me, and I think that’s really lovely and nice, don’t you?  And sooo tax deductible!  Not that I need to, fnar, fnar!

One person who has benefited already is my friend Dr Oz.  I keep him informed about all the nice websites I’m now making to replace those other one’s that I like to forget about a lot.  That’s him on the left talking to CTV about how I made websites with his face on them saying that he liked all my stuff but without asking him (huh.  big mistake – dah!).  You know, things like Resveratol and that Acai tummy stuff.

Willms Phones

Well I’m all grown up now and a much respected person at the Better Business Bureau who I also get on famously with.  I don’t do any of those disappearing phone numbers like those on the right in that CTV programme.  No sirree!  And those bottles of champagne?  Well I give them all to charity when I do runs and if someone needs a prize for a raffle.  Or something.

Run Away! Too cold to talk

One thing that I must apologise for is that awful shot of me when I ran away from the nice people at CTV.  Somehow, they thought that all that teeth whitening stuff was me!  Can you believe it?

The thing was, it was a bit chilly that day and I had a lot of very important charity things to do so couldn’t speak.  It was such a shame!

I asked them to meet me at the office, but well, you know, I was just too busy arranging some nice things to say about myself, and anyway, that Symantech piracy problem I had is all water under the bridge, now that I’m a philanthropist, isn’t it?

And the Microsoft one too.  yes. We don’t talk about it, my mom and me.

Deep Gratitude

My recent new friends have even written to me to thank me for my goodness.  Fortunately, they’ve left their email addresses so everyone else can thank them for getting all the money I took from the 1000s of little people.  After all, it’s not like it was stolen drugs money?  That’d be really bad if they accepted donations like that, wouldn’t it?  Here are 3 of them from my own nice website, http://jessewillms.com/jesse-willms-receives-thank-you-letters-for-his-donations/

YouTube

I’m not a Flim-flam guy!

Really.  All me and my mom would like is for those nice people at the W5 division of CTV to put those videos about me onto YouTube so that everyone can see how good and nice I really am.  I mean, I try, I really do try, to make everyone understand that I’m a good guy and I give money to charity and stuff.

I mean, I’m a proper philanthropist now, aren’t I?  I’m not a flim-flam guy! I’m not.  I’m not.  I’m not!  Why don’t people believe me?

My Good Links

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesse_willms/
  • http://www.itbusinessnet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=1234840 – Edmonton Philanthropist Jesse Willms to Donate Hundreds of Toys to Needy Children for Christmas (I like this one a lot!)
  • http://jessewillms.com/
  • http://jesse-willms.livejournal.com/

My Not So Good Links

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Facebook, MSNBC, Jesse Willms’ Swipe Auctions and Doctored Photos

Introduction

Readers of these pages will need no introduction to Jesse Willms, self-proclaimed philanthropist and former purveyor of counterfeit software.

But in the interests of traceability into the continuing insidious nature of the on-line marketplace, here’s a run-through of how to get from Facebook or MSNBC to Jesse Willms’ SwipeAuction (formerly SwipeBids), including a few screen-dumps of the dubious methods employed.

p.s. I could equally well run through the links from any spam I get today to Fox News to BidCactus or whatever.  Okay?

(p.s. SwipeAuctions is no more, the SwipeBids domain expires soon and rumours are rife about a possible new auction site.  Watch this space.)

MSNBC to Willms

This MSNBC page that Joseph spotted http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39118941/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/ had a different set of ads when I looked.  Indeed, just like this website the ads rotate.  What was interesting is that they still went back to Willms’s based websites via fake news websites.

First, there were three ads in the bottom right when I viewed the page.  Refreshing the page shoves out two or three.  They rotate daily, but tend to stay the same on a given day.  The three images are the websites I’ve been taken to…

Site 1

Site 2

Site 3

It’s important to note the similarity between Site 2 & Site 3.

Because they both use the image of the French TV newsreader Mélissa Theuriau!

In the first she’s “Karen Simpson” and in the second she’s “Julia Miller”.

These are affiliate websites of unknown ownership.   Take a look at the car “won” by the woman in the advert.

Fake Car Auction

Car…and woman!

To save you time, this is the car and woman full size.

Now take a close look (it doesn’t need to be very close actually!) at the woman and the car mirror.  Does it seem a bit odd?  Well it does to me!

Using the TinEye plugin for Firefox allow one to trawl the web for similar images.  In this case it comes up trumps!

Because the image is obviously a composite one.  This is the TinEye search:

http://www.tineye.com/search/83bfb2d5784c45b67b0e780943a4a032bf6c4814/

Original car – no woman!

It pulls out six instances of the image used elsewhere on the web.  The URL for this one is:

http://www.leasetrader.com:80/photos/actual144203/150×112/Honda-Civic-EX-Sedan.jpeg

Car Auction Conclusion

I love to play

I love to play

Well pretty obviously it says in the image above that the woman “Samantha Warren” from Florida “won” that Honda car in one of Jesse’s “auctions”. (remember these details – they’re important for later)

(p.s. Since being written, these car pictures have been seen on even more fake news websites, all of unknown ownership.)

SwipeAuctions now have pictures on the landing page right next to his bold claim about helping 112+ children worldwide, where people say they “love to play” on the website.  See the “Anita P” screenshot from today.

(note from editor and US FTC: you can play a game, like a lottery or any other game of chance; you cannot play an auction!  The bold claim of this and many other Bid Auction websites is that it’s part ‘entertainment’, which may be so, but it’s still gambling.)

Facebook to Willms

Facebook ads this morning

Three ads were showing on the right of my Facebook page.  If you’re on Facebook, then you’ll have seen similar.

The first one was for a tips-laden army-type audio-visual that ends up wanting money to stay slim.

But one showed a woman who’d just won an iPad for £26.75.  yep.  It was  SwipeAuctions.  (p.s. these ads later disappeared to be replaced by other bid auctions sites for a time, although they’re now currently almost unseen.)

Honda Car – a co-incidence?

Another Honda? From Florida?

Another Honda? From Florida?

A neat photo from the front page shows a guy, “Pbh201”, mysteriously and co-incidentally (surely) from Florida, again winning a car.   The model?  Well Honda, of course!

Unfortunately, and for now, TinEye has not pulled out any image duplications.  But on past form, who’s to say what might pop up?  (p.s. later information has appeared which shows this Honda ‘win’ from various ‘angles’ – more later.)

Judge?

I’ve edited this post from the original following threats from Jesse Willms legal representative.   Currently there is a legal case against CTV  for showing these videos on television.  Part of the remit is that CTV misrepresented Willms’ businesses and said that 60% were his when they weren’t.

Given that the affilaites’ websites are there to promote businesses and yet are on the whole anonymous, my opinion is that the TV show displayed information in the way that “the common man” would interpret these things.  If the common man is very easily confused, then that is a problem but ultimately the person that benefits from deceptive advertising must shoulder some of the responsibility for their contractors’ behaviour, should they not?

Judge for yourself.

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Pirate Party Confused Privacy

There’s now an official UK Pirate Party.

It’s founded on the guiding principles that all art & creativity should be free for people sat in their bedrooms and that those people in the bedrooms should have absolute privacy!

True.

They want the Swedish model of the convicted file-sharers in the UK.  Also, they want Google StreetView banned as well as all CCTV cameras.

Privacy.

Let’s look at privacy.  (Art theft is now taken for granted by almost everyone and in the present technical world of secret digital information transfer across international borders, this will not and cannot be controlled.  So it’s a fait-accompli.)

But for the low security-savvy downloaders in their bedrooms, they expect privacy in a weird dysfunctional way…

They’ll swallow the mantra of privacy yet open their computer systems to all sorts of malware because most pirate digital materiel is hosted on malware-ridden websites hosted in wholly unsavoury countries.

Now that’s weird!

They expect free broadband access for these ‘services’ but will pay top-dollar for the latest gadget or naff ring-tone.  They’ll also pay for the ‘service’ of downloading ‘free’ copyright materiel as well…

Now that’s weird!

StreetView

Furthermore, the Pirate Party says it’s bad that a StreetView camera car, driving down the public highway can look into the bedrooms of the File Sharers….  er….  have they not heard of curtains?  Do they not realise that glass is two-way?

Real Privacy

Here’s how real privacy works:

  1. Computer:  use a firewall
  2. Net Curtains

    Net Curtains

    House: use curtains or a tall fence or wall

Simple?  Innit?

And this is how the Queen keeps prying eyes from her back garden…

Phone Privacy

I’ve just had a call from a woman offering me a government grant for loft insulation….    I asked her,

Who exactly do you work for?

…she then plonked the phone down on me after a little mutter.  However, a 1471 on her produced this phone number:

01702 340105

When I called her back it was busy (presumably trying to con someone else)..!   However, in the UK, without paying for the information, I cannot find the owner of that telephone – In the USA however, there are heaps of services that do just that!

This is another example of the confused idea of “privacy” that the UK has.   It’s crap!

Meanwhile, there’s now a political party lobbying for the right to steal art and the right to be private while doing it!
Here are Richard Stallman’s views on the Pirate Party: How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software

I think the mantra, (paraphrasing the Hippocratic oath) should be:

  • Down-loader, do no harm
  • Camera, do no harm
  • Politician, do no harm

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Murderous Robot Wars

Introduction

Robot Wars TV

Robot Wars TV

Professor Noel Sharkey from Sheffield, better known as one of the judges on the BBCTV show “Robot Wars” knows a thing or two about robots and artificial intelligence.  He’s made a plea for more debate about the use of robot planes in warfare. (see link)

BAE Mantis

BAE Mantis

He’s said, “An international debate is needed on the use of autonomous military robots.  A push toward more robotic technology used in warfare would put civilian life at grave risk.”

Watchkeeper Drone

Watchkeeper Drone

Actually, when you look at the statistics objectively and compare them to large conflicts, like WW1 for instance, a war that kicked off mechanised slaughter, then it’s bloomin’ obvious!

Slaughter

The BBC report says that,

Between January 2006 and April 2009, he estimated, 60 such “drone” attacks were carried out in Pakistan. While 14 al-Qaeda were killed, some 687 civilian deaths also occurred.

What this means is that 49 times as many civilians as combatants were killed!

This is truly horrendous.

WW1 Montage

WW1 Montage

Now lets look at the statistics from the dawn of mechanised slaughter, the war to end all wars, the war where the Last Tommy has just died….?

World War 1 Stats

In WW1, Germany invaded France, and the war was largely fought in Belgium and France.  On the battlefields and surrounding areas, many civilians died, as well as combatants, (source statistics here).  Here we go:

  • France:
    • Military Deaths = 1,397,800
    • Civilian Deaths = 300,000
  • Belgium:
    • Military Deaths = 58,637
    • Civilian Deaths = 62,000

Even including all countries involved, the statistics are stark.  Forget about the actual (huge) numbers – look at the proportions:

  • Total Military Deaths in WW1 = 9,721,937
  • Total Civilian Deaths in WW1  = 6,821,248

So overall, 0.7 civilians died for each soldier.

Terminator: Rise of the Machines

Terminator: Rise of the Machines

If we scale up the drone usage deaths into a global conflict sized scenario (and knowing the military, this is exactly what they’d do), and using the military deaths in WW1 as a starting point, how many civilians would die as the armchair pilots sought their foes?

Answer:

9,721,937 x 49 = 476,374,000

This is about the whole population of Europe!

Conclusion

Professor Starkey is completely correct.  If this is not a definition of the term putting civilian life at grave risk, then what is?

…and this is without attaching nuclear weapons to the planes…!!!

Of course, the effect of the usage of these machines and tactics is hardly likely to win over the Pakistani and Afghan tribesmen (the current targets) when every time one flies over a whole family is wiped out, is it?  So you have to ask yourselves,

If ‘The West’ is really trying to ‘win hearts and minds’ as they say, then what the fuck are they playing at?

in other words,

It looks like the real game is to continue the ‘war against terror’ to ensure that our people stay cowed and afraid and to justify the existence of the ‘military industrial complex’.

Just like the government in the film, “V for Vendetta”.

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

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