Lightspeed, Grooby File Suits Against Hundreds of Bit Torrent Users

CHICAGO — Lightspeed Media Corp., Grooby Productions and Hard Drive Productions each filed copyright infringement suits on Thursday, targeting bit torrent users who allegedly downloaded their works.

The trio of federal lawsuits, all filed by Chicago attorney John Steele, name hundreds of unnamed surfers who may have downloaded a rainbow assortment of films, from solo girl to tranny content, within the past two weeks.

Lightspeed Media, for example, says its JordanCapri and Tawnee Stone website content has been poached.

Solo-girl site, owned by Hard Drive Productions, meanwhile, says it was a victim, while Grooby Productions' parent company Millennium TGA complains that its collections relating to its Shemale Yum, Shemales From Hell and Shemale Pornstar website properties were also breached by bit torrent users.

The three companies now join a handful of other adult companies that have pledged to stomp out piracy. Adult studios Titan Media, Corbin Fisher and Michael Lucas Productions each have recently filed suits targeting swarms of John Doe bit torrent users.

In all of the legal cases, the companies have asked for motions to discover the identities of the defendants through their Internet service providers.

Steele, who filed the suits on behalf of the companies, was unavailable at post time to respond to XBIZ questions, but the attorney operates Media Copyright Group, which offers "turnkey solution for combating online piracy of their copyrighted media."

Steele, according to his legal service company's website, offers to track and ID infringers, as well as pursue damages against infringers on a contingency basis.

Gill Sperlein, general counsel for Titan Media, told XBIZ that he applauded the trio of suits filed Thursday against online thieves.

"There many different ways people infringe adult content," he said. "However, content producers have recently started working together to stop infringement in all of its forms."