Home > News > Court Rules in Foreign Infringement Case • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Court Rules in Foreign Infringement Case

Get XBIZ News
May 17, 2004 3:08 PM PDT    Text size: 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Don’t expect the U.S. Supreme Court to help if a foreign business appropriates your adult content.

At least that’s what U.S. justices indicated with Monday’s ruling involving intellectual property theft.

The court refused to hear an international copyright fight over the alleged misuse of videotaped images of truck driver Reginald Denny being pulled to the pavement and beaten during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Bob and Marika Tur filmed the scene and others from a helicopter and sold a limited license to broadcast the pictures to NBC's "Today" show.

But the Turs claim a media consortium called Visnews International made an illegal copy of the footage and transmitted it to subscribers overseas the day after the beating. Visnews was a joint venture of Reuters Television International, BBC and NBC.

The Turs sued Reuters for infringement in 1995, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that the couple could not collect damages for international distribution of the videotape.

The Turs footage showed several black men pulling the white driver from the cab of his truck, kicking and beating him, then smashing his skull with bricks and a fire extinguisher.

The Denny beating came at the start of riots that erupted when white police officers were acquitted in the earlier beating of black motorist Rodney King.

The case is Los Angeles News Service vs. Reuters Television International Ltd., No. 03-965.

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

Legal Protection for Amateur Shoots

Any adult industry professional who creates video content with actual first-time amateurs will come to an early knowledge that later performer regret is commonplace. Recognized performers who regularly... More »

Legal Options to Address Pirated Cam Performances

Many webcam performers have experienced a new trend in online piracy — the illegal recording and publication of live webcam performances. The “business model” is disturbingly simple:... More »

A Retrospective on the Adult Industry’s Tall Climb

As certainly the oldest member of the current adult-industry Fourth Estate, and having written for many adult publications, some of which no longer exist, I write this in the first person which, if you... 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.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.

UPCOMING EVENTS

eroFame

Oct 05 - Oct 07
Hannover, Germany

EXXXOTICA Edison

Nov 04 - Nov 06
Edison, New Jersey

2016 Inked Awards

Nov 05 - Nov 05
Edison, New Jersey

XBIZ 2017

Jan 09 - Jan 13
Hollywood, CA
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!