Jan 172008

From the pittsburg business times:
DVDempire site charges piracy
Pittsburgh Business Times – by Maria Guzzo

A Butler County-based Web site that sells adult entertainment DVDs has filed a federal copyright infringement lawsuit against a competing Ohio firm.

Right Ascension Inc., which does business at http://www.adultdvdempire.com, filed the lawsuit April 12 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Eastlake, Ohio-based Action Software Inc. and Action-DVD.com Inc. and those firms’ operators, Alexander Belfer of Mentor, Ohio, and Minko Olegi of Eastlake, Ohio.

In the lawsuit, Right Ascension alleges that Action stole copyrighted material from the adultdvdempire.com Web site and placed it on Action’s site, http://www.action-dvd.com. The material included images, photographs and text including movie descriptions and biographical information about movie performers that Right Ascension had created or collected for its site.

Right Ascension requested a preliminary and a permanent injunction against Action, asking that the company stop the copyright infringement.

Right Ascension is asking for $150,000 in damages for each work that was copied from its Web site but does not indicate how many works the firm believes were stolen.

Right Ascension alleges that Action’s piracy is driven by the desire to attract Right Ascension customers to its site, so Action can gain profits.

The case has been assigned to Judge William Standish. A hearing date has not been set.

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