Kink.com Files Suit Against Tube Site DrTuber.com
MIAMI — Kink.com today filed a multimillion-dollar copyright and trademark infringement suit against the operator of DrTuber.com, a porn tube site that is alleged to have made available 75 Kink movies on its site.
Kink.com said DrTuber allegedly poached and streamed such working titles as "12789_Asphyxia_James," "13810_skin," "12345_kiki_chloe" and "11815_lorelei_lily."
Kink produces numerous BDSM and fetish brand such as Hogtied, Public Disgrace and The Upper Floor.
"As of the date of this complaint, a total of 75 instances of infringement, identified by name and registration number ... were documented as being displayed and distributed on DrTuber.com," the suit said.
The filing at U.S. District Court in Miami is the second infringement suit against Igor Kovalchuk and his related companies.
Last month, a federal rejected Private Media Group's copyright infringement suit against Kovalchuk who, through DrTuber, was alleged to have streamed 31 of its videos. Private was asking for $4.65 million in damages, as well as attorneys fees and court costs.
But a federal judge dismissed the suit after ruling that Private hasn't "sufficient minimum contacts with Iowa to satisfy due process and permit the exercise of personal jurisdiction over him." Private hasn't yet said whether it is appealing that verdict.
Kink.com, in a release, said it is asking in excess of $10 million in the suit filed today. The suit names DrTuber.com and Igor Kovalchuk, as well as Extron Worldwide Corp. and Era Technologies Ltd.
“We will not sit still while others illegally steal and profit from our work,” Kink.com founder and CEO Peter Acworth said in a statement. "We will protect our work, we will protect our brands, and we will certainly protect our affiliates.