MegaUpload Sued By Adult Media CompanyAdded: Saturday, February 5th, 2011
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Perfect 10, adult content company, has launched another multi-million lawsuit. This time it has accused cyberlocker MegaUpload of infringing its copyrights and trademarks, as well as being engaged in unfair competition. Adult media outfit asks for a jury trial, with damages running up to several millions of dollars.
100 unnamed defendants mentioned in the new lawsuit filed at the end of January in the California Southern District Court are listed as businesses that are owned, controlled by, or affiliated with well-known cyberlocker MegaUpload, all of them accused of profiting from or infringing their copyright.
The plaintiffs claimed that the cyberlocker’s owner created MegaUpload for the sole purpose of hosting and distributing copyrighted content owned by others, which totals to billions of dollars of pirated movies, music, and games. In addition, Perfect 10 points out that MegaUpload isn’t registered to run business in the US and therefore doesn’t pay US taxes.
Adult media outfit claims that through its rewards program, the cyberlocker induces its members to upload content that is likely to be intensively downloaded, like infringing nude images of premium quality and popular movies. Considering all this, Perfect 10 thinks that the cyberlocker doesn’t fall under “safe-harbor” of the DMCA, as it is clearly pirate and fails to identify the contacts of their respective DMCA agents.
The plaintiffs claimed to send MegaUpload over twenty warnings during the summer 2010, notifying the cyberlocker that it had been infringing a wide range of copyright works, including those owned by Perfect 10. The company also indicated that most of the works haven’t been removed.
All this forced Perfect 10 to launch a lawsuit against MegaUpload for infringement of thousands of its images, as well as its trademarks. The plaintiffs demanded that all defendants stop the illegal copying and distribution of its copyrighted content. Of course, it also asks to delete all the illegal content and any links to it.
Perfect 10 claims damages of at least $5,000,000, plus punitive damages, legal fees, and full costs.
In respond, MegaUpload said it will file a motion shortly to dismiss the case, because its attorneys are sure that there’s nothing in the case to worry about. MegaUpload lawyers are currently working on a counter suit.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
February 5th,2011Posted by:
Saturday, February 5th, 2011
|posted by (2011-02-05 20:16:25)|
|posted by (2011-02-06 12:29:48)|
|Hmm, interesting news, thank you SaM and TorrentFreak. As I have already said that MegaUpload is my favorite filesharing site, so will again support it (literally). Update the news when the case progresses !||
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