VIVID ENTERTAINMENT FILES SUIT AGAINST INTERNET COMMERCE GROUP (I.C.G.) OF PHOENIX
LOS ANGELES – (September 14, 2010) – Vivid Entertainment, LLC., the world’s leading adult film studio, has filed a lawsuit against I.C.G. – Internet Commerce Group Inc. of Phoenix, claiming copyright infringement.
The lawsuit was filed in the Federal Court of the Central District of California on September 10, 2010. It claims that I.C.G. has engaged in exploiting unlicensed videos for profit through its operation of three web sites, www.FemaleStars.com, www.icelebonline.com and www.CelebrityHardcore.com.
The lawsuit seeks an injunction and damages of $150,000 per copyright violation for a minimum of 10 violations.
Vivid Entertainment claims that I.C.G. owns and operates subscription-based Internet websites that make money from performing and distributing Vivid’s protected videos to its members.
“This is the first of many lawsuits we are prepared to file and we expect to prevail in all of them. We spend millions of dollars to promote our content and we’re not going to let illegal users profit at our expense,” said Vivid Entertainment co-chairman Steven Hirsch.About Vivid:
Founded in 1984, Vivid has always placed heavy emphasis on high quality erotic film entertainment and has created wide brand-name awareness through its films, innovative marketing and a licensing program that extends to advertising, apparel, book publishing, and a range of other products. TV audiences have gotten to know the company’s management and talent through two recent seven part series on Showtime, “Debbie Does Dallas…Again” and “Deeper Throat.” In addition to its Vivid-Celeb imprint famous for celebrity sex tapes, the company is known for its popular Vivid-Alt and Vivid-Ed labels and recently announced the launch of a new Vivid SuperXXXhero imprint. The Vivid website, www.vivid.com has a loyal following of fans of Vivid movies, from the industry’s largest archive.