Monday, October 25, 2010

I Reported David Boyer to the IC3- the FBI Partnership with the National White Collar Crime Center

David Boyer, alias David Byron and a host of other names, seems to be under the impression that there is nothing anyone can do to him and that no one can stop him. 

Let's take him to school.

Friday of last week, myself and a group of writers and publishers filed complaints against Boyer with the IC3

Who are they?  Well, in their own words:

"The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) was established as a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to serve as a means to receive Internet related criminal complaints and to further research, develop, and refer the criminal complaints to federal, state, local, or international law enforcement and/or regulatory agencies for any investigation they deem to be appropriate. The IC3 was intended, and continues to emphasize, serving the broader law enforcement community to include federal, as well as state, local, and international agencies, which are combating Internet crime and, in many cases, participating in Cyber Crime Task Forces."

But is when someone Boyer or some other creep plagiarizes a story or art and sells it over the internet or gives it away for free as a download, is that really a CyberCrime?  Yes it is.  Here's what they say:

"Since its inception, the IC3 has received complaints crossing the spectrum of cyber crime matters, to include online fraud in its many forms including Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) matters..."

So, we notified them.  Plagiarism hits the big time crime issue (NET Act of 1997) when it hits the Internet.  Even if it's not for profit. 

Dig around a lit bit on these topics and as writers, editors, publishers and artists, you'll be pleasantly surprised.  When plagiarists steal our work and distribute it around the Internet, guess what?  They've got trouble coming their way if we use the system.

Oh, and did I forget to add that tomorrow I'm in contact with the Attorney General's office of Indiana?  They've done such a great job nailing that scam publisher in Indiana, that I thought since David Boyer is a publisher, too that maybe they'd like to help those of us he's plagiarized.  Maybe he hasn't paid royalties to his authors- maybe the could contact the AG, too.
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JR's Thumbprints said...

If you can shut him down, then I consider it a victory. Problem is, he's the type that'll start-up again under another alias. Keep hammering away.

ANNA-LYS said...

Besides all victims in this

I have lost faith on
the Internet as a
beautiful place for
collective thinking,
learning and creativity.
Internet as a Social World
has become even more dirty
than the real world out there.
(or I live in a naive country).

I don't even know if I like
to stay on this CrimeLine as
online life has developed into.
I have believed in openess
and shareness. But, today
in the view of what Boyer did
even Wikileak will be looked
upon as criminals instead of
a source for openness that
in the long run might have
led to World Peace!

Stay Strong, Rick!

Rick said...

Hi JR- the more I get the word out, the slimmer the pickings for him. Also, I've notified the state and federal agencies on this one because that's what we pay them the big bucks to take care of.

Indiana seems committed to out this kind of consumer fraud. And I think that's what Boyer's operation is- consumer fraud. Let's see what the Indiana Attorney General's office thinks.

Rick said...

I've been going through the same type of thoughts, ANNA-LYS, but I've finally come to grips with the fact. As you say, the Internet is a beautiful place for "...collective thinking, learning and creativity."

But what a great medium for reaching out to other creative people to warn them. Even the governments seem to be responding to our international desire to protect our works from predators.

Besides, with you and so many others encouraging me, I can see this through to the end. Thank you, ANNA-LYS.

Charles Gramlich said...

We can hope he'll at least get gun shy of doing this again.

Rick said...

I think so, Charles. I just got off the phone with the Attorney General's office in Indiana. They seem like serious people the way they are nailing David Caswell the publisher in Indiana. And they don't like plagiary.

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

I admire you so much for taking this plagiarist to task. You are really going through all the right channels. Continued good luck!!

Rick said...

With a good luck blessing from you, K, I know it's going to turn out all right.

Travis Cody said...

Well done. The internet becomes another place where predators, thieves, and bullies can ruin our good time. Let's keep making it tough for them.

As an aside, one of my very favorite TV programs is the show White Collar, which airs on USA Network. It's in hiatus at the moment, but returns in January.

Mike Brendan said...

Glad to see you're letting "Tin Foil" Dave have it with both barrels. He's clearly a recidivist, but I'm curious to see what happens if the state nails him.

Rick said...

Hi Travis- I've never watched White Collar, but it sounds like I should look for it come January.

And for this plagiarist, the Attorney General's office asked what resolution I would like to see to this case.

Interestingly, if he's stiffed writers out of their royalties, it bears striking similarities to the Caswell case- and he's getting nailed in a serious way.

Rick said...

The Indiana Attorney General's office seems to take a hard line with scam publishers, so I think they're going to come down hard on him. Cross your fingers!

Sam Young said...

You may wish to ask Mr. Pacione to remove that listing until you are done undergoing negotiations with him, if you want to let him use the story after all.

Rick said...

Thanks letting me know, Sam. I'll look into it. And I'm glad you dropped by.

Jane Timm Baxter said...

Thank you for your help, Rick.
My filing, at least what I assume to be the first hoop of many, went through.
And I have no clue why I am experiencing a very strong sense of déjà vu right now. Me no likey.

Rick said...

You're welcome, Jane! We make a good team.

Leigh Russell said...

Good for you!