Pink Visual files lawsuit against 4 major tube sites
Feb 16, 2010
Ventura Content, the copyright-holding company for Pink Visual-branded content, announced today that it has filed a complaint with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against Mansef, Inc. and 6721851 Canada Inc., alleging that the two companies have violated U.S. copyright laws by operating four websites that have reproduced, displayed, performed and distributed Ventura Content's copyrighted material tens of millions of times.
The websites at issue in Ventura's complaint include keezmovies.com, pornhub.com, extremetube.com and tube8.com.
"Using the leverage of the Internet, defendants and others like them appropriate the value of.... adult video content on a massive scale for their own benefit by operating websites known as 'Tube Sites' that allow users to view and download a vast library of infringing adult video content for free," Ventura states in its complaint. "Like other notorious infringing services before them such as Napster, Grokster and Kazaa, the emergence of these Tube Sites operated by defendants and others threatens not just Ventura, but the entire adult entertainment industry."
Representing Ventura in the case is the law firm Jenner and Block LLP, the same firm that represented copyright owners in their successful actions against Grokster, Torrentspy and Usenet.com, among others.
"We are extremely confident in the legal theory and supporting arguments that have been constructed by our legal team, and we believe our case is very strong," said Ventura President Allison Vivas.
Ventura's complaint alleges that the defendants are not only aware of infringing content being uploaded to their sites, but that they "actively engage in, promote and induce this infringement."
Vivas said that Ventura fully intends to see the case through to its conclusion in order to protect its content from being infringed by the defendants' tube sites.
Ventura is seeking statutory and actual damages, compensation for its costs in bringing the action, and injunctive relief that requires the defendants to "cease directly or indirectly infringing, or causing, enabling, facilitating, encouraging, and inducing or participating in the infringement of any of Ventura's respective copyrights or exclusive rights protected by the Copyright Act, whether now in existence or hereafter created."
A copy of the complaint filed by Ventura is available for download here.
For more information, contact Jessica Pena, Ventura's Corporate Counsel, or the company's Director of Public Relations, Q. Boyer, at: 1.800.360.7465
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