MetArt Sues MindGeek for Infringement

MetArt Sues MindGeek for Infringement
Rhett Pardon

MIAMI — MetArt this week filed a lawsuit against adult entertainment conglomerate MindGeek and its newly launched PornHubPremium.com property, claiming copyright and trademark infringement after it allegedly found 100 of its copyrighted videos on the adult tube site.

MetArt, in the suit filed at Miami federal court, said that the site, which launched on Aug. 6, displayed its films over 523 separate URLs.

The suit seeks upwards of $15 million in damages plus attorneys fees as well as a transfer of the PornHubPremium domain name, among other forms of relief.

The complaint also names MindGeek execs Feras Antoon and Ouissam Yousef as defendants.

PornHubPremium is a membership site that charges $9.99 a month for premium high-def content.

“Defendants approached plaintiffs in the spring of 2015 seeking permission to display plaintiffs’ works on PornHubPremium.com. Plaintiffs refused to grant such permission,” the suit said.

Later, “defendants displayed plaintiffs’ copyrighted works in the PornHubPremium library, the same videos plaintiffs demanded to be removed from PornHub.com and the same videos that  defendants confirmed would be removed from PornHub.com.”

The suit is the latest action by MetArt. The company has filed numerous other infringement claims, including those against the operators of XVideos.com, Sex.com, AdultPornVideoxx.com, JoJoBaa.net, Motherless.com, KPorno.com, Pornias.com, LikePorno.com, SpankBang.com, Porn69.biz, Porn69.org, PornHub88.com, Sex88.org, PornoWow.com, Tubenn.com, Wixvi.so, Wixvi.com, HDPorn1080.com, HDPorn1080.net, SexTVx.com, SexSeeVideo.net and PornVideoXO.com.

MetArt infringement suits have been filed at federal courts in Miami, Phoenix, Seattle, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Its membership websites include MetArt. com, SexArt.com, Errotica-Archives.com, EroticBeauty.com, TheLifeErotic.com, RylskyArt.com, MichealNinn.com, ALSScan.com, VivThomas.com, EternalDesire.com, Stunning18.com, HollyRandall.com, Domai.com, GoddessNudes.com, MagikSex.com and BBFilms.com.

MindGeek’s sites also include YouPorn.com, Tube8.com, XTube.com, ExtremeTube.com, RedTube.com, SpankWire.com, KeezMovies.com, YouPornGay.com, PornMD.com, Brazzers.com, Digital Playground.com Twistys.com, RealityKings.com, SexTube.com, Beeg.com, Mofos.com, MyDirtyHobby.com and GayTube.com, among others.

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