Thursday, March 29, 2012

Porn Industry Wins Another Copyright Victory

I mentioned earlier about the $4 Million default judgment entered against the PornVisit.com site for the unauthorized streaming of some porn movies. That's real money. Well, it happened again. This time, Corbin Fisher and Titan Media secured a summary judgment victory against GLBT Ltd. for copyright infringement. For those of you who are unfamiliar with legal buzzwords, summary judgment in a copyright case is a pretty big deal. Ordinarily, copyright infringement is a fact question, which means a jury needs to decide it. But in this case, it appears the principals behind GLBT just took off and left the country when it started looking bad for them.
Porn Industry Wins Another Copyright SuitThe case was originally filed in 2010. Since that time, GLBT fired their original lawyers and started moving all their assets offshore. Then they just turned their backs on the U.S. justice system and started ignoring all the legal filings. Judges don't like that. They really don't like that.
So here's the bottom line. Channel One Releasing, Corbin Fisher and Titan Media sued GLBT for unauthorized streaming of gay porn. GLBT fought a little bit but lost a preliminary injunction hearing, then just abandoned ship. So the judge threw the book at them, big time. What does this say? The last person you want to be against you is the federal judge.