In one corner you have a dinosaur of the adult video industry -Vivid
In the other you have the giant of the new technology -AEBN
The battle: Copyright Law
This is going to be interesting and here’s what you won’t read about on the other sites.
Vivid has filed suit against Pornotube, which is owned by AEBN. Now this in and of itself is a pretty simple court battle, or as simple as court battles get. Vivid says that pornotube is violting Vivid’s copyrights because pornotube users have uploaded snippets of Vivid movies onto the tube site. And this says Vivid is a clear violation of copyright law.
But this won’t be an ordinary legal case because pornotubes parent company, AEBN, has licensed Vivid content to use on its sites. So AEBN has some legal ground here. First AEBN can claim that pornotube users upload video to the site and that AEBN cant possibly try to keep them all from uploading copyrighted material thats the same argument that youtube made basically.
BUT! AEBN can go farther and note that in it’s licensing agreement with Vivid AEBN has the right to use portions of Vivid movies as a sales tool to increase revenue for both AEBN and Vivid, thus claiming fair use.
At issue will be many questions that have plagued copyright law since the beginning of the internet and the result of this case may determine the fate of everything from tube sites to TGP sites and torrent sites.
Then there’s always the possibility that what we have here is another case of using the court system to generate PR. vivid did it with Kim Kardashian for instance.
Filing a lawsuit doesn’t cost much compared to buying ad space in national publications, or even on mikesouth.com.
Keep your eyes on this one.