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Brazzers Denied Motion to Dismiss $6.75M Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

New York- U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin on Monday denied Mansef Inc., Brazzer’s parent company’s motion to dismiss a $6.75M suit filed by Pink Visual for alleging piracy. The case will move forward, according to a story reported on by XBiz, www.xbiz.com.

In its suit Pink Visual’s claimed that the Montreal-based Mansef, Inc violated 45 copyrights on four of its tube sites and that its business model depends on the lure of infringing materials and that the company fails to employ “any reasonable measures to reduce infringement on their websites.”

Mansef has previously contended that Pink Visual failed to make the case that it actually owns the copyrights on the videos in question. Mansef attorneys have also argued that the federal court lacks jurisdiction because “a more convenient alternate forum exists in Canada.”

With a mid-July deadline set, current and former Mansef execs are planned to be called to testify in deposition regarding the technical operation of Mansef-owned sites including the mechanisms for copying, distributing, uploading, displaying and performing files.

Pink Visual also wants to look at Mansef’s business plans and advertising revenue, as well as a review of content on the sites. In turn Mansef plans to depose current and former Pink Visual execs as well as look at its competitor’s business plans and explore Pink Visual copyrights and the methods it uses to police its copyrights.

The websites at issue in Pink Visual’s complaint include KeezMovies.com, PornHub.com, ExtremeTube.com and Tube8.com, all owned by Mansef Inc. and Interhub, whose officers operate both companies as well as one of the best-known adult companies, Brazzers.

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