by John Darer CLU ChFC MSSC CeFT RSP CLTC
On the one hand, I thought that perhaps I have to thank my competitors from Melville, New York for copying our 2017 blog post announcing that I earned a new professional designation. But really, what part of "Copyright 4structures.com LLC, and its licensors. All rights reserved. No use without permission" does Influx Media , LLC, the Melville NY based digital marketing agency for Settlement Success Intermediaries, not understand?
Instead of asking for permission, I discovered that Influx Media, LLC, the registrant of the domain settlementsuccess(dot)com and the company hired by Settlement Success Intermediaries, deliberately ignored our copyright, plagiarized and republished more than 30 John Darer authored blog posts from the 4structures.com LLC website, without authorization, without attribution to the author (having deliberately removed the author by line on all but one post) on a website in the name of the Settlement Success Intermediaries website between March 2 and March 7, 2019 and again yesterday. The posts that Influx Media, LLC plagiarized in the name of Settlement Success Intermediaries were at all times the intellectual property of 4structures.com LLC.
While the published posts on 4structures.com offer buttons for readers to share on Twitter, Linkedin or Facebook, right clicking to copy is intentionally disabled. It would taken some effort by Influx Media LLC to plagiarize all the content and republish our original work without authorization, and which would not have been given, and without attribution.
Needless to say 4structures.com LLC does not tolerate such conduct with respect to its intellectual property.
Influx Media,LLC , a digital marketing company of apparently questionable ethics,on this showing, is based at 600 Broadhollow RD. Suite 203 Melville, New York and its Managing member is Don Citron. Caught with the hand in the proverbial cookie jar on March 27, 2019, Carlos Rodriguez provided a weak defense for his company's multiple deliberate and unethical actions. Influx Media, LLC reckless behavior put their client Settlement Success Intermediaries at risk and drew unwanted attention. At the request of the owner of Settlement Success Intermediaries, Influx Media, LLC removed all of the plagiarized posts and the section of the SSI website they appeared in.