In the last 48 hours or so the retractionwatch.com blog has been hit with a DMCA take down notice in regards to ten posts which covered the Anil Potti case (the now infamous Duke University oncologist who was found to have manipulated research findings, resulting in - among other things - the stop of three clinical trials and now pending civil law suits against the university brought up by patients and their families). More after the jump...
The retractionwatch post about the DMCA issue can be found here: http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/wordpress-removes-anil-potti-posts-from-retraction-watch-in-error-after-false-dmca-copyright-claim/
The peculiar thing about the DMCA take down notice is that they were filed on behalf of an Indian new site. In the notice this site is named as "www.newsbulet.in" and all links to the allegedly copyright-violated content contains this domain address. In fact the address www.newsbulet.in re-directs to the apparently legitimate website www.newsbullet.in.
Interestingly, a DNS lookup reveals two very different IP addresses for these two domains:
Searching for www.newsbulet.in. A record at G.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. [188.8.131.52] ...took 118 msSearching for www.newsbulet.in. A record at b1.in.afilias-nst.in. [184.108.40.206] ...took 234 msSearching for ns14.abhedya.net. A record at I.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. [220.127.116.11] ...took 2 msSearching for ns14.abhedya.net. A record at d.gtld-servers.net. [18.104.22.168] ...took 112 msSearching for ns14.abhedya.net. A record at ns2.zonomi.com. [22.214.171.124] ...took 16 msSearching for www.newsbulet.in. A record at ns14.abhedya.net. [126.96.36.199] ...took 118 msCNAME record found: newsbulet.in. A record found: 188.8.131.52
Searching for www.newsbullet.in. A record at B.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. [184.108.40.206] ...took 157 msSearching for www.newsbullet.in. A record at b0.in.afilias-nst.org. [220.127.116.11] ...took 26 msSearching for ns10.dnsmadeeasy.com. A record at E.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. [18.104.22.168] ...took 2 msSearching for ns10.dnsmadeeasy.com. A record at i.gtld-servers.net. [22.214.171.124] ...took 15 msSearching for ns10.dnsmadeeasy.com. A record at ns1.dnsmadeeasy.com. [126.96.36.199] ...took 2 msSearching for www.newsbullet.in. A record at ns10.dnsmadeeasy.com. [188.8.131.52] ...took 1 ms
CNAME record found: starnews-231677794.ap-southeast-1.elb.amazonaws.com.
(On a side note: Interestingly, newsbullet.in seems to be hosted on Amazon's Web Services...)
www.newsbulet.in seems - therefore - have to been setup specifically for the purpose of hosting copies of the allegedly copyright-infringing articles on retractionwatch.org.
Currently, the links in the DMCA notice to the www.newsbulet.in items are all dead and return e.g. "You don't have permission to access /north dakota.html on this server."
In my opinion this amounts to a concerted effort to suppress retractionwatch reporting about the scientific fraud carried out by Anil Potti (by whomsoever - I don't want to publicly draw conclusions of the spurious information I have gathered so far, but I suppose Occam's Razor could be applied to this riddle...).
In order to make the original posts more easily accessible, I am providing the links to the cached content here and will also provide copies of the retraction watch entries on this blog.
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