Latest Mass Copyright Infringement Suit Involves Paris Hilton's Sex Tape

from the who-owns-the-copyright-now? dept

In the past year or so, it seems that the porn industry has really jumped on board the train of supporting the mass "pay up or we'll sue" copyright infringement shakedown efforts. While some folks have been paying up to avoid a lawsuit, the actual court cases haven't been particularly successful so far. However, it's interesting to see that the latest "film" being used in one of these programs is the famed Paris Hilton sex tape, "One Night in Paris," that came out in 2003 and is a big part of what catapulted Hilton to her current level of fame. Of course, when it came out there were a few legal fights over who actually owned the rights to the film. Those legal fights have been settled for now, with both of the "participants" in the video apparently earning a cut of any revenue. Of course, given how much the free distribution of this video helped increase Ms. Hilton's value and bank account, it's a little silly to see folks now suing over it. I imagine that, like the other similar cases, those bringing the lawsuit will find that it's not that easy to succeed in court. But I'm sure plenty of people will still just pay up, rather than risk having to go to court to explain their porn downloading habits.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Jan 2011 @ 4:49pm

    Of course, given how much the free distribution of this video helped increase Ms. Hilton's value and bank account, it's a little silly to see folks now suing over it.

    Ms Hilton doesn't own the rights to the video. Whatever good it did for her has already happened. She isn't involved in any lawsuit. The company suing is called "Xpays"

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  2. icon
    Hephaestus (profile), 26 Jan 2011 @ 5:26pm

    I would spend one night at the paris hilton ... but never one night in paris hilton ...

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  3. icon
    Hephaestus (profile), 26 Jan 2011 @ 5:28pm

    Re:

    would that fit in a tweet?

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  4. identicon
    DS, 26 Jan 2011 @ 6:16pm

    Re: Don't lean on me man

    Why would you spend all night anyways? It should be wham, bam, thank-you-ma'am.

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  5. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Jan 2011 @ 6:26pm

    Re: Re: Don't lean on me man

    Note: if you can spend all night in a woman you should see a doctor.

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  6. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Jan 2011 @ 6:35pm

    Yeah, I'd tap that.

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  7. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Jan 2011 @ 6:36pm

    I'm referencing "the famed Paris Hilton sex tap,"

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  8. icon
    Jay (profile), 26 Jan 2011 @ 7:05pm

    Re:

    You might wanna put it back. You don't know where it's been.

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  9. identicon
    cram, 26 Jan 2011 @ 7:37pm

    "Of course, given how much the free distribution of this video helped increase Ms. Hilton's value and bank account, it's a little silly to see folks now suing over it."

    That's a blatant lie, Mike. It may have increased Ms Hilton's price, but not her value, which remains zero. Surely you know price does not equal value.

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  10. icon
    Hephaestus (profile), 26 Jan 2011 @ 7:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Don't lean on me man

    Or consider yourself very lucky. :)

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  11. icon
    Hephaestus (profile), 26 Jan 2011 @ 8:13pm

    Re: Re: Don't lean on me man

    You don't get many second dates do you? ;)

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  12. icon
    Hephaestus (profile), 26 Jan 2011 @ 8:15pm

    Re:

    "That's a blatant lie, Mike. It may have increased Ms Hilton's price, but not her value, which remains zero. Surely you know price does not equal value."

    If the funny button was anywhere to be seen, I would have clicked it.

    You guys are still having problems.

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  13. identicon
    Rekrul, 26 Jan 2011 @ 8:47pm

    Re: Re:

    If the funny button was anywhere to be seen, I would have clicked it.

    You guys are still having problems.


    The buttons only show up if you have Javascript enabled. Of course then the page takes four times longer to load...

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  14. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Jan 2011 @ 11:10pm

    "XPAYS claims that they “spent a substantial amount of time, money and effort to produce, market and distribute” the film, and that their profits are now dwindling due to mass copyright infringement."

    To produce an allegedly secretly taped movie that was then sold without her consent?
    So in their filing they admit it was a setup, they paid to invade her privacy and are profiting from it.
    Seems she should sue them for that or something...

    At least she is being useful as a good example of what not to be when you grow up.

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  15. identicon
    yogi, 26 Jan 2011 @ 11:14pm

    Re:

    Zing!

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  16. identicon
    PRMan, 27 Jan 2011 @ 5:21am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Using NoScript, I turned on Javascript for techdirt.com only. It's just as fast, but all the controls work.

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  17. icon
    ethorad (profile), 27 Jan 2011 @ 5:30am

    Re:

    Thinking that was a bit of a Freudian slip from Mike there ...

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  18. icon
    Shon Gale (profile), 27 Jan 2011 @ 6:05am

    Oh My!! No one wants to pay to watch skank.

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  19. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Jan 2011 @ 11:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Indeed, good sir. However, I would not leave to chance "something we broke" that has not yet been fixed, considering that Mike Masnick often speaks of a "We" in the 5-10 daily posts that are contain authorship of himself.

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  20. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 27 Jan 2011 @ 4:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Indeed, good sir. However, I would not leave to chance "something we broke" that has not yet been fixed,

    Hmm? It was fixed yesterday morning. Not sure what you think is still broken.

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  21. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 5 Feb 2011 @ 5:22pm

    Sorry to say, but it isn't all that good. She's rather quiet and passive. If you want to see some good celebrity sex vids, check out those of Amy Fisher, Montana Fishburne, and Jessica Sierra.
    Tila Tequila's vid with two other girls will be released soon. YEAH, BABY, YEAH!

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