Beverly Hills, California - A preliminary injunction granted to Perfect 10 Magazine by United States District Judge Lourdes Baird in Los Angeles is likely to substantially reduce the number of porn sites on the Internet along with the theft of celebrity images and movie clips.
In a landmark legal decision, Judge Baird issued an injunction against Cybernet Ventures and related websites, preventing their "Adult Check" network of over 300,000 affiliated websites from displaying Perfect 10's photos or photos of "Complaining Celebrities." In its ruling, the Court stated that Perfect 10 had a strong likelihood of establishing that Cybernet Ventures, which advertises itself as an age verification service (AVS), has vicarious and contributory liability for the conduct of its 300,000 affiliated websites.
According to Perfect 10 Magazine owner Dr. Norman Zadeh, over the last five years, thousands of websites have been created by illegally scanning images from Perfect 10, Playboy, and virtually every other magazine, and by stealing nude scenes from movies. Among these websites are huge celebrity sites that include thousands of unauthorised pictures of celebrities such as Jennifer Love Hewitt and Britney Spears, as well as virtually every other film or recording star and top fashion model. These photographs not only include unauthorised images scanned from magazines and films, but also include altered or fake images of the celebrities that appear to show them in the nude or engaged in sexual activities. The recent ruling of Judge Baird is likely to put an end to these practices on the Internet.
"A google search for sites which use the words 'Jennifer Love Hewitt' and 'Nude' turns up 37,300 sites," says Zadeh. "But she's never done any nudes. Probably 98% of high quality porn sites consist of stolen material, and most of the billing for those sites is done by six major companies," says Zadeh. "We intend to shut down the vast majority of the thousands of 'celebrity porn sites' by stopping the relatively few companies that bill for them and profit from their illegal activities. We pay for our content and can't fairly compete against entities which steal theirs."
According to Ronald Johnston of Arnold & Porter, the lead attorney for Perfect 10 Magazine and its website, perfect10.com, the significance of the ruling has to do with the unfair competition cause of action, which was not present in the Napster decision. "By allowing a web operator to enjoin other web operators from misusing celebrity images or misappropriating content, the judge's ruling will greatly help in cleaning up the Internet."
A copy of the ruling is posted on Perfect 10 Magazine's website, http://www.perfect10.com.
For further information contact Dr. Norm Zadeh at +1-310-205-9988.
SOURCE Perfect 10 Magazine