Home > News > Judge: Hand Over 6 Gay Tube Sites or Face $1K-a-Day Fines • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Judge: Hand Over 6 Gay Tube Sites or Face $1K-a-Day Fines

Judge: Hand Over 6 Gay Tube Sites or Face $1K-a-Day Fines
Get XBIZ News
Oct 18, 2011 4:45 PM PDT    Text size: 

OAKLAND, Calif. — A federal judge has given the operators of JerkYourTube.com, GayForIt.com and ItsAllGay.com until the end of business day today to hand over their websites to a receiver or face $1,000-a-day fines.

U.S. Judge Maxine Chesney also ordered three more of the company's websites transferred to a receiver, as well, in her contempt order against GLBT Ltd.

Those sites —  JerkYourTube.eu, GayForIt.eu and ItsAllGay.eu — all received traffic directed from the three similar .com names, Chesney said.

Attorney Marc Randazza, who represents Corbin Fisher, one of three plaintiffs in the copyright infringement suit, said that the U.K. operators of the site think they are "beyond the reach of the courts" in the U.S.

"There is no indication they will voluntarily hand over the websites," Randazza told XBIZ.

In its original $29 million complaint made last year, gay studios Channel One Releasing, Corbin Fisher and Titan Media contend that GLBT Ltd.'s business model follows a system where it requires uploaders to "strip away any evidence that the content is a professional or copyright registered work by prohibiting any video that has the copyright owners’ titles, credits or watermarks."

GLBT Ltd. is owned and operated by Steven and David Compton, both U.K. residents, who not only are known as operators of the six similar-formatted sites, but the pair two years ago rolled out COP-CMS, a software program that proclaims to protect adult studios from copyright infringement.

In August, the three gay studios filed for a preliminary injunction to stop GLBT Ltd. from dispersing its assets, with a federal judge granting the studios' injunction.

Chesney at the time also ordered that the GLBT Ltd. domains be put into receivership pending resolution of the suit.

The lawsuit took another turn in August when the studios filed a motion for terminating sanctions, claiming the defendants had destroyed evidence relevant to the case.

GLBT Ltd., from the outset of the case, said that it was immune from civil liability because the company operates as an Internet service provider under the safe provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The company also contended that it can't be sued in the U.S. because it is an "inconvenient forum" because it operates as an U.K.-based company.

Last month, GLBT Ltd. fired its counsel, with the attorney,  Jonathan Capp, telling the court that he  "hereby gives notice that he has been  instructed by defendants to participate no further in this proceeding."

The Oceanside, Calif., attorney earlier did not comment on whether GLBT Ltd., the operators of the defendant websites, planned on producing substitute counsel. If substitute counsel isn't arranged, courts typically ask plaintiffs to enter default judgments against defendants.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

Data Privacy Is Tightening Up in the E.U.

Have you begun preparing for GDPR? If you are like most, you haven’t even heard of GDPR, but also if you are like most, it is going to affect your business, starting May 25, 2018. The GDPR, or General... More »

Preventing Legal Problems Before They Start

Dentists typically recommend that a person’s teeth be cleaned every six months and that oral X-rays be taken at least once every year. Internists recommend that a person receive a physical examination... More »

Could Adult Content Be Banned?

Earlier this month, I met with the Free Speech Coalition’s board of directors for our annual review. Despite the headwinds our industry faces, politically and economically, we are, as an organization,... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Access the latest issues of the industry's leading trade publications in digital form. View online or download for offline viewing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida

XShow 18+ 2017

Jun 01 - Jun 03
Moscow, Russia

Cam Summit

Jun 02 - Jun 04
Lloret de Mar, Spain
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!