It is, without say, that articles go along way. However, evidence goes even further. We have decided to make another gallery, documenting Nicotra’s unethical, and potentially illegal, behaviors. This, like the Onision gallery, will be updated as needed.
Former “web designer,” Vincent Nicotra, has been the target of various unethical and even illegal activities. While we had been following this, mildly, that has since changed. If you haven’t been following the Nicotra situation, let’s get you caught up.
Vincent, of “Ven interactive Media“, was originally in charge of websites for journalist, Chris Hansen. Nicotra recently was given the public spotlight when he filed multiple false DMCA claims against various Youtubers. However, his criminal, and unethical, activities didn’t stop there.
Even prior to Nicotra’s termination from Hansen, there have been accusations in regards to doxxing. While we normally don’t discuss hearsay, there are multiple individuals making this claim. Oxford defines doxxing as, the “search for and publishment of private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.”
While doxxing is illegal, it is often hard to get an actual conviction. In many cases, it’s simply to difficult to establish who the doxxer actually is. However, that’s if the doxxer plays it smart, something Vincent has clearly failed to do. While he has been exposed by his victims, and countless others, it appears to have no effect on Vincent’s behavior.
Alongside the doxxing accusations, Nicotra is also accused of filing false DMCA claims. Baked Salmon and Wes Moast, being a constant target of such claims. Recently Baked Salmon even had his channel shutdown as a result of Vincent’s false DMCA reports. While the channel has since been restored, this doesn’t change the malicious intent behind Vincent’s actions.
Baked Salmon is an individual who has a history of being critical of Hansen and Nicotra. It is possible that the subjects within the video is what lead Nicotra’s actions. Even if this were to be true, it doean’t make the action any less illegal. While Hansen has, in recent times, apologized for the false DMCA claims, Nicotra has only continued to make the false reports. So what exactly is DMCA?
A DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) claim is intended to prevent copyright infringement. However, Vincent has apparantly forgotten that. In filing a DMCA claim, Vincent is claiming property ownership of the videos posted. The problem, however, is upon watching the videos targeted, it’s obvious that the claim is false. What Nicotra may not be aware of is section 512(f) of the DMCA. Section 512(f) of the DMCA act places legal liability on any person who willfully, and knowingly, files a false claim; remember, a DMCA claim is a legally binding document and can be used in court.
The computer and the FBI
One tidbit that has been circulating Twitter, in regards of Nicotra, is the infamous computer. A victim of Onision had apparantly sent a computer, containing evidence against Onision, to Vincent. Upon recieving the computer, it was supposed to be forwarded to the FBI. Sounds like a great plan, right? The problem is, and recently confirmed by Chris Hansen himself, is Vincent never actually sent it. Instead, after months of holding it, he sent it back to the victim. By doing this, it raises questions as to rather or not Nicotra was purposefully trying to derail the Onision investigation. In the end, we may never know the real reason as to why he did this.
Regardless of how you speak out, if it’s against Nicotra, you can ensure that problems will occur. Upon being terminated, the website, “Hansen vs. Predators,” was essentially taken hostage by Nicotra. Since the time of this event, the website has been put up for auction. Various other individuals, who have spoken against Nicotra, were met with insults, DMCA claims, and even the loss of their channels.
Nicotra, appears to be trying to salvage his reputation while destroying it. Filled with many allegations, some being sexual harassment, to which we haven’t even begun to cover, it leads us to ask, “why doesn’t he simply stop?” As with most things, this is a question to which we may never get an answer. In the meantime, the people he has targeted have waged an all-out virtual war against this apparent abuser.
The above images were collected from a variety of tweets. While some images we took ourselves, WoC does not claim any credit for the vast majority. We felt having evidence in one location would be of a bigger benefit for all.
If you don’t know, journalist Chris Hansen arrived at the home of Gregory Jackson (Onision.) Rather than speaking to Hansen, Greg called the police. Below is the word-for-word transcript of the call.
Dispatcher: 911, what are you reporting?
Onision: Hi, uh, there’s a person that’s been stalking me online and they just showed up to my house. Yeah.
D: Okay. And they’re outside now?
O: Yes, they’re knocking on my door.
D: Okay. And do you know if they have any weapons?
O: They have a bunch of camera people. Like… they’re like YouTube stalkers.
D: … Okay. But no weapons seen?
O: I didn’t see any weapons. I just saw like six guys in my driveway.
O: And one of them is knocking on my door.
D: Okay, one second here…
[Typing and dog barking, indistinct chatter in the background]
D: And the one that’s knocking on the door… is he the main one that’s been stalking you?
O: Yes… yeah, he’s a stalker. He’s yelling things at me through the door, you know.
D: Okay and do we know his name at all?
O: It’s Chris Hansen.
D: Okay. H-A-N-S-E-N?
O: H-A-S-E-N [sic], yeah. H-A-N-S-E-N.
D: And then C-H-R-I-S?
O: C-H-R-I-S, yeah.
D: Okay. Is he white, black, caucasian, hispanic?
O: He’s white.
D: Okay. Do we know how old he is?
O: He’s an older… he’s like probably 58, 60.
D: Okay. How tall?
O: Uh… probably 5’10”, 5’11”.
D: Okay. Thin, medium, or heavy?
O: Uh… he’s skinnier.
D: What color is his hair?
O: Uh, blondeish gray.
D: Okay. And are you able to see what he’s wearing or no?
O: I think he’s wearing a black jacket.
O: Uh, I have a uh… security camera.
D: Uh huh. Can you see what color pants?
O: Um… [dog barking]. He’s wearing a black jacket, black pants. He’s still yelling things at me through the door.
D: Okay. Black jacket, black pants. Can you hear what he’s yelling?
O: Oh, he’s yelling I want your side of the story, Greg. My name’s not even Greg.
D: Okay. What is your last name?
O: My name is James Jackson.
D: Okay. Last of Jackson, first of James is what I heard. Is that correct?
O: Yeah… he’s saying I just want to talk through the door.
D: Okay. And what’s your date of birth?
O: November 11th, 1985.
D: November 11th, 1985?
D: Okay. And is [REDACTED] your best call back number?
D: Okay. Do you have any weapons in the home, James?
O: No, I don’t.
D: Okay. And you said that there was roughly five more people there with cameras?
O: Yes. In the driveway.
D: Okay. One second here.
[Typing and dog barking]
D: And do you know what he was talking about? Why he was stalking you or anything like that?
O: Yeah, there’s like a… it looks like there’s 1…2…3…4…5…6 people in the driveway. But he..he. I had someone that I uh… there’s an 18… no, I think a 19 year old who I didn’t want to hang out with. I didn’t want to be around them. They have BPD and their stuff…their mental disorder was really affecting my life in a negative way and I didn’t want them in my life anymore. And uh… they went to this person and said a bunch of mean things about me and so now this person is like, trying to aggressively pursue me in a really hateful way.
D: Okay, you said they were from YouTube. So is it like… a show that they do or…?
O: It’s a live stream. Yeah, it’s a… I’ve already talked to a lawyer about slander. This guy is just really, really hateful towards me.
D: Okay. And are you able to see what type of vehicle they arrived in?
O: No… they parked way down the street which is really sketchy. They’re standing out next to my SUV.
D: Okay. We’re working on getting units out there as quickly as we can. Do you feel comfortable disconnecting the line and then if anything changes calling us back?
O: Yeah. It… it should be fine. We’re just hiding away from the windows.
D: Okay. If anything changes before we arrive, please call us back okay?
O: Okay thank you.
D: Thank you. Buh-bye.
———————— EIGHT MINUTES LATER—————
D: 911, what are you reporting?
O: Hi, um, I’m calling back. I reported some people that showed up at my house. Um. They’re trespassing and they’re on my—
D: What’s the address there?
D: Okay I do show your call here, Sir. Has something changed on scene there?
O: Just waiting for the police to show up. They’re still on my driveway.
D: Okay. It is still showing here on my screen and law enforcement has been advised. If anything does change or escalate call us back, okay?
O: Are you guys going to show up?
D: Sir, it has been sent to the officers. They have to drive to you okay? If anything escalates call us back, okay?
O: Okay, thank you.
D: Okay, you’re welcome.