Writeaholics.net: Why I Don’t Trust This Website

By Ruth Barringham

I had been running the website, Writeaholics.net, for around 10 years, when out of the blue in early 2016, I received an offer from a lawyer, Loren Piel, saying that a client of his wanted to own the domain name.

At first I said no, but then eventually, after negotiating to a much higher price than was originally offered, I agreed to sell it. And I did, in May 2016.

But now I don’t want anything at all to do with this website...(this is where the original article ends) but I can't tell you why because it turns out that the lawyer, Loren Piel wasn't buying the domain name for a client, but for himself (which I didn't know about until after I sold it).

And now he has sent a threatening letter from a Kiwi lawyer saying that he's going to sue me if I tell you why I don't trust him or his website.

So I've removed the article. Not because I'd said anything wrong in it, but because Mr Loren Piel is threateing me a lot since he bought my old domain name 2 years ago and I just want him to get off my back once and for all.

Please, Mr Piel, just leave me alone.

And now if I try and visit his website, I get this really serious warning about the danger:

writeaholics.net - trust issues

Update:

US Attorney, Loren Piel has now also issued this false DMCA notice.

He claims (“under the penalty of perjury”) that he is the copyright owner of the following articles written by me and several other authors.

See the DMCA notice below which includes my additions in brackets:

First Name: Loren

Last Name: Piel

Address: 7473 W Lake Mead Blvd Ste 100

City: Las Vegas

State: NV

ZIP: 89128

Country: United States

Phone Number: 7025773789

Company Name: Law Office of Loren A Piel Ltd

Email: loren.piel.law@gmail.com

Copyright Location: www.writeaholics.net

Copyright Content: In May 2016 Ruth Barringham sold the website at issue. The Site Content which I purchased from Ruth Barringham and her company, Cheriton Publishing Pty Ltd A.C.N 125 641 643, is defined as “all formatting files, graphics and Articles used in any way in, or displayed on, the websites at the Domain Names as of the Agreement Date [May 5, 2016].” The Agreement further provides that “[Ruth Barringham / Cheriton Publishing Pty Ltd A.C.N 125 641 643] further agrees that it may not publish, republish or otherwise post, distribute or otherwise disseminate the Articles, whether in whole or in part, anywhere in the world after the Agreement Date.” I am therefore the rightful owner of the content at issue, not the complainant, Ruth Barringham / Cheriton Publishing Pty Ltd A.C.N 125 641 643.

The specific Articles purchased under that agreement are:

My Top Ten Resources

How to Submit Your Book to a Publisher

How to Write Fast and Earn More Money from Your Writing

You Just have to Make the Effort

How I create Free Ebook cover in Minutes

What is the difference Between Achievement and Success?

How to Earn up to $100 For Just 5 Minutes Writing

Is it Possible to Write a Book in 2 Days?

How to Inspire Yourself to Write Articles Others will want to read (written by Bill Platt)

Making Yourself Work (written by Leo Babauta)

Don’t Think-Write (written by Rob Parnell)

The 5 Rules for Writing by Robert A Heinlein

Becoming a Fiction Writer- A Ten Step Guide (written by Rob Parnell)

Self-Discipline: Acceptance (written by Steve Pavlina)

Write Your Novel In Just 30 Days this November-It’s National Novel Writing Month (written by Dave Haslett)

Two Essential Things You Need, If You want to Be a Successful Writer

How to Write an Ebook in Only 3 Days (an excerpt from an ebook)

The 3 Day Monk Syndrome

5 Strategies for Writing Fast Blog Posts, Emails or Social Sharing

Rapid Crush Inc Affiliate Scam

10 Essential Self Publishing Tips

Infringing URLs: www.ruthiswriting.com

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.

Date: April 17, 2018

Signature: Loren Piel

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He had previously contacted me and told me to take the content off my website and I did write back and tell him that I didn’t write all those articles and that one is a chapter from an ebook, but he still issued the DMCA takedown notice and still stated that he owns the copyright to all these articles, even though he didn’t write any of them and on his own site he has them listed as written by the different authors but still claims in this notice that he is the copyright holder of them.

And why perjure himself (“I swear under penalty of perjury…”)?

He DOES know he doesn’t own the copyright of these articles because he names the authors on them on his own website. Yet still he claims in the DMCA notice that HE is the copyright owner.

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My Counter Notification:

Dear HostGator:
This letter is written in response to your extremely late notification to me of a complaint received about my web page(s). The pages in question are:

My Top Ten Resources
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2016/top-10-resources.html

How to Submit Your Book To A Publisher
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2016/submit-to-publisher.html

How to Write Fast and Earn More Money From Your Writing
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2016/write-fast-earn-more.html

You Just Have To Make The Effort
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2015/effort.html

How I Create Free Ebook Covers In Minutes
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2015/ebook-covers.html

What is the difference Between Achievement and Success?
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2015/achievement-success.html

How to Earn up to $100 For Just 5 Minutes Writing
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2015/5-minutes-writing.html

Is it Possible to Write a Book in 2 Days?
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2015/2-day-ebook.html

How to Inspire Yourself to Write Articles Others will want to read (written by Bill Platt)
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2014/write-articles-others-will-read.html

Making Yourself Work (written by Leo Babauta)
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2014/make-yourself-work.html

Don’t Think-Write (written by Rob Parnell)
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2014/dont-think-write.html

The 5 Rules for Writing by Robert A Heinlein
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2013/robert-heinlein.html

Becoming a Fiction Writer- A Ten Step Guide (written by Rob Parnell)
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2013/becoming-fiction-writer.html

Self-Discipline: Acceptance (written by Steve Pavlina)
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2013/self-disciplin-acceptance.html

Write Your Novel In Just 30 Days this November-It’s National Novel Writing Month (written by Dave Haslett)
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2013/NaNoWriMo.html

Two Essential Things You Need, If You want to Be a Successful Writer
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2012/2-essential-ingredients.html

How to Write an Ebook in Only 3 Days (an excerpt from an ebook)
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2012/3-day-ebook.html

The 3 Day Monk Syndrome
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2012/3-day-monk.html

5 Strategies for Writing Fast Blog Posts, Emails or Social Sharing
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2012/5-strategies-for-fast-writing.html

Rapid Crush Inc Affiliate Scam
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2014/rapid-crush-scam.html

10 Essential Self Publishing Tips
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2012/10-self-publishing-tips.html

My response to this complaint is as follows:

Allegations of Copyright Violation / Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The claims of copyright violation should be rejected because:


Some of the material in question (written by Leo Babauta and Steve Pavlina) is not copyrighted. It is therefore in the public domain and may be reproduced by anyone. The other material in question is copyright to the respective authors. None of the material was written/created by the complainant.


The complainant has provided no copyright registration information or other tangible evidence that some of the material in question is in fact copyrighted, and I have a good faith belief that it is not. The remainder of the material in question is copyright to the rightful owners/creators. The allegation of copyright violation is therefore in dispute, and at present unsupported.


The complainant does not hold the copyright to the material in question, is not the designated representative of the copyright holder, and therefore lacks standing to assert that my use of the material is a violation of any of the owner's rights.


You, the ISP, are under no obligation to settle this dispute, or to take any action to restrict my speech at the behest of this complainant. Furthermore, siding with the complainant in a manner that interferes with my lawful use of your facilities could constitute breach of contract on your part.


The complaint does not follow the prescribed form for notification of an alleged copyright violation as set forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 USC 512(c)(3) <http://www.loc.gov/copyright/title17/92chap5.html#512>. Specifically, the complainant has failed to:

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Identify the specific copyrighted work claimed to be infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single complaint, provide a representative list of such works. [17 USC 512(c)(3)(A)(ii)]

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Provide the URLs for the specific files on my web site that are alleged to be infringing. [17 USC 512(c)(3)(A)(iii)]

This communication to you is a DMCA counter notification letter as defined in 17 USC 512(g)(3) <http://www.loc.gov/copyright/title17/92chap5.html#512>:

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that the complaint of copyright violation is based on deceitful information.

I hereby consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which you, the ISP, may be found).

I agree to accept service of process from the complainant.

My electronic signature follows:

Ruth Barringham

Having received this counter notification, you are now obligated under 17 USC 512(g)(2)(B) <http://www.loc.gov/copyright/title17/92chap5.html#512> to advise the complainant of this notice, and to restore the material in dispute immediately, along with all the other material that was not in dispute so you you had no legal right to remove it, unless the complainant files suit against me within 10 days.

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And if all that isn't enough, now I received ANOTHER letter from his Kiwi lawyer stating that not only is he still not satisfied that the articles have been removed from my website (not that I HAD to remove them but I was simply trying to get Loren Piel, Attorney to leave me alone), but now he is demanding that "In order to
avoid a lawsuit, you need to remove these articles in their entirety (including titles, headers, html files, backups, etc.)
."

Can you believe that?

I feel like I'm being completely stalked and harrassed by this man. And it gives me the creeps. He seems to be watching absolutely everything I do, so clearly he doesn't have much else going on in his life.

What I don't understand is why he is so obsessed with me?

Creeeeeeepy!

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