Tacoma, Washington State. Washington state court last month uncovered MG Premium, a MindGeek company whose lawyers have described them as one of the world’s leading providers of adult entertainment content, in a lawsuit against damages and orders against VShare.io and other operators.
The legal elements of indirect liability for copyright infringement differ from those relating to tax infringement. As with other secondary liability claims, there must first be a direct infringement of the copyrighted work. However, to assert liability on behalf of the defendant, the defendant must have the right and the capacity to monitor the offending activity and have a direct financial interest in the offending activity. On April 6, the US District Judge granted Benjamin H. Ex Parte Motion to Follow MG Premium’s Early Detection Proposal to specify the names and addresses of certain subscribers associated with specific IP addresses used to operate the websites and the various domain names in violation of the complainant’s copyrighted works.
Judge Seattle also granted permission to poll and evacuate subscribers identified by these ISPs to determine if the subscriber is an appropriate respondent in this proceeding. MG Premium claims that the lawsuit in the Western District of Washington State aims to protect thousands of its audiovisual works protected from serious infringement by Fact 1-20,
MG Premium claims that the respondents own and run websites dedicated to the copying and distribution of infringing audiovisual works” under the pretext of acting as a distributor of user-generated content. The original complaint contained over 60 pages in spreadsheet format with 3,078 MG Premium videos. The huge list includes thousands of titles such as I’m not a doctor, but I’m playing one in Brazzers, Bubble Butts, Sudsy Sluts, Sir Keiran School of Anal Training Part 3, and Car Wash Day!.
Website operators providing pirated content, offering blatant disregard for content owners by ignoring copyright law and the DMCA takedown process, should expect to be the target of many actions from content owners. To protect your precious business, said Jason Tucker, an Industry Expert and Chairman of the Copyright Enforcement Society Battleship Stance, at the time of February submission. At the time of publication, both the infringing sites were down, rerouted to a mirror page immediately with the notice that this page is presently offline. However, since the site makes use of the Always Online Technology of the Cloudflare’s, you can still search for a site snapshot. We will continue to check the background, and once the site returns, the live version will be offered to you automatically.