Hot off the press… in a manner of speaking:
Hats off to our friends over at lochaberhighlandestate.blogspot.co.uk for this well-researched article, which reveals that the Bevis clan have actually been faking newspaper articles about their sca… err businesses. Genuine critical content has been adulterated to rosy reviews, as e.g. when the newspaper heading “MSP [Rob Gibson] warns it exploits Scotland” was altered to “MSP welcomes boost for Scotland”. One of many examples in the blog article, which we highly recommend reading.
Apparently, Highland Titles have set up a domain named newsfeed.ws (currently down) on which they have created numerous subdomains named after well-known newspapers, e.g. dailyrecord.newsfeed.ws, etc., making the subdomains look like newsfeeds from the real publishing houses. Quite ingenious, if we may say so. (If only the Bevises could put their cunning to good use instead… :sigh:) Naturally, the domain newsfeed.ws is privacy protected, but Highland Titles cannot escape the fact that they have been linking to it from their official website.
What confounds us is how they actually thought they could get away with it? With all the negative publicity Highland Titles are getting, did they really think nobody would ever discover that the articles were doctored? Not to mention the trouble they could get into for impersonating newspapers and using their trademarked names in subdomains. If Highland Titles were American, they would have a UDRP filed against them faster than they could say “cash”.
Tut tut, all the while Peter Bevis is on record claiming Highland Titles do not clone websites. This is low – and risky – even for Highland Titles. As Andrew, a poster over at scots-titles.com, puts it: there really is nothing more to say.