Jenna Joins Acacia Defense Group

Gretchen Gallen
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jenna Jameson tossed her hat into the ring today in the battle against Acacia Media Technologies Corporation. The porn superstar has been affiliated with the defense group for some time now, ever since she was named in class action lawsuit filed by Acacia in December 2003, but Thursday is the first time that Jameson has officially announced her commitment to joining the other 12 companies that make up the Acacia defense group.

Jameson has said in previous interviews that she feels Acacia is using "strong-arm tactics" with the adult industry in its efforts to enforce its Digital Media Technologies patents that relate to audio and video transmission and receiving systems, a claim that effectively includes every single website in dozens of different industries using any type of streaming media over the Internet.

A countersuit was filed against Acacia in February of this year on behalf of a group of webmasters passionate about contesting Acacia's patent claims on streaming technology. The case is currently in a pre-trial Markman hearing process, which examines the patents' merits, and will have its next hearing session on May 18.

"Acacia is making a blatant attempt to target the adult industry in its effort to extract unwarranted fees for alleged infringement of its patents,” Jameson said. “I don’t think people realize the implications of what Acacia is trying to do. If Acacia succeeds in intimidating adult site owners, they will move to mainstream sites and begin charging fees that will have to be passed on to everyone who uses the Internet.”

Jameson's marketing and production company, ClubJenna Inc., operates more than a dozen websites for other adult performers.

"Its' not when she signed up, it that she is in the group," Spike Goldberg, one of the Acacia litigants and president of New Destiny Internet Group and HomeGrownVideo.com, told XBiz. "We all feel very happy and lucky to have her as part of the group and see these companies standing up for what right, for a concern that will affect the whole industry in light of the class action lawsuit Acacia is filing. No one is afraid of Acacia anymore."

Acacia's pursuit of adult entertainment companies began in July 2002, when the patent holder of licenses for DMT technology began writing letters to hundreds of adult entertainment companies notifying them that they were infringing on its patents for downloading and streaming technology. The patent holder has since gone after numerous other industry that using streaming media over the Internet.

The defense group is represented by Boston-based patent specialist Fish & Richardson.