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Faragallas Beat Feet, But Their PornVisit.com Was More Popular Than Chevy.com says Iowa Federal Judge

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Beaumont, California- from www.patch.com – The Beaumont home where a couple allegedly operated a popular pornographic website looks like any other home in the neighborhood: comfortable but modest.

County assessor records and other online real estate sites value the property on Emily Lane at less than $250,000.

The home is occupied, and a man who came to the door Tuesday said he was not sure how to reach Mark and Mina Faragalla, who may have moved from the property.

The Faragallas were named last week in a federal judge’s 23-page opinion ordering them to pay $4 million for copyright infringement to an adult film company in Iowa.

They operated the website PornVisit.com, which earned up to $720,000 a year in advertising revenue, according to U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett. It was one of the top 2,900 sites on the web, and with more than a half-million visitors a day it was more popular than Chevy.com, Bennett said.

Bennett, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, entered the $4 million judgment Feb. 13 against the Faragallas, ordering them to pay maximum damages of $150,000 per infringement to Iowa-based Fraserside IP LLC, and to stop stealing its copyrighted works.

Fraserside is “a producer of adult motion pictures,” and part of a Nevada-based adult entertainment company called Private Media Group, Bennett said.

In July 2011, “PornVisit.com was the 2,861 ranked website on the internet according to the number of visitors to the site. By comparison, Chevy.com is ranked 2,653,” Bennett said.

in August 2011, a search of PornVisit.com showed instances of copyright infringement on Fraserside video titles such as “A Hidden Treasure,” “All You Need is Sex,” “Cleopatra,” “Dangerous Curves,” “Pornolympics,” and “Tropical Twins,” according to Bennett’s memorandum. The PornVisit.com links gave Fraserside’s works other titles, such as “Young n Hot Jane Darling Making Wine.”

“The PornVisit.com website is a cash cow, made all the more profitable by the fact that its product is the result of pirating copies of others adult films,” Bennett said. “Based on PornVisit.com’s 100,000 plus pages on Google, the site generated $60,000 per month in advertising revenue alone, or $720,000 per year. PornVisit.com is visited by over 500,000 internet users each day.”

According to procedural background in Bennett’s memorandum, Fraserside filed a complaint on July 10, 2011, against Mark Faragalla, Mina Faragalla, John Does, and John Doe Companies, alleging copyright infringement, contributory copyright infringement, vicarious copyright infringement, inducing copyright infringement, false designation of origin, and dilution of trademark.

“On July 31, 2011, Fraserside served a copy of the summons and complaint upon Milad Faragalla, a person of suitable age, at the Faragallas’ residence in Beaumont, California,” Bennett’s memo states. “Also on July 31, 2011, a copy of the summons, complaint, and Civil Servicepacket was mailed to the Faragallas’ home address. The Faragallas did not file an answer or any responsive pleading to the complaint.”

The ruling against the Faragallas should serve as a deterrent to other people who pirate content online, Phoenix attorney Chad Belville, representing Fraserside, told the Associated Press on Monday.

Belville said PornVisit.com stopped operating recently but its sister site, PornVisitHD.com, remains in business. Belville said he would try to collect the $4 million judgment against the Faragallas by tracking down their assets, which he said include two homes and the PornVisitHD.com site.

Beaumont is a community of about 37,000 residents, at the high west end of the San Gorgonio Pass in Riverside County, 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

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