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LFP Denies Copyright Infringement

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Nov 26, 2003 12:00 AM PST    Text size: 
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – After being served last week with a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by San Francisco-based Titan Media, Larry Flynt Publications (LFP) is denying allegations that it used unauthorized content on a paysite called StudClub.com.

Titan Media is a gay content producer owned by IO Group.

"First of all," Jim Kohls, president of LFP, told XBiz. "LFP doesn't even own or operate the website. They [Titan Media] clearly did not do their research. The only thing we can say is that it isn't our site."

The lawsuit alleges that LFP posted 250 unauthorized photos on Studclub.com. The site has since been taken down.

Titan alleges that LFP used its gay content to launch the site and they are standing firmly by their claim that LFP "willfully infringed" on its property. They fully intend to seek maximum damages.

However, Kohls told XBiz that StudClub.com is actually owned by a company called LGM Media Group. According to Kohls, the only thing LFP has in common with StudClub is that the Flynt Digital family of websites are hosted by WebQuest, the same company that hosts StudClub.

"I think they will find that out as the attorneys get together and this things moves on," Kohls said. He added that he thought the lawsuit was for a "ridiculous amount."

XBiz spoke with Titan Media's General Counsel Gill Sperlein, but he was under instructions from Titan's legal team not to comment at this time.

Last week LFP officially opened the 'Hustler Club' on Beverly Drive in the center of Beverly Hills. The new Hustler-owned super club will feature live burlesque shows and is open for business on Dec. 12.

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