Perfect 10 Sues Again: This Time It Goes After Usenet Provider Giganews

from the dmca? dept

Perfect 10, the failed "adult magazine" publisher that many say has always really been in the "suing people for infringement" business, rather than the publishing business, has sued again. The company seems to lose nearly all of its copyright infringement lawsuits in the US (though, it's helped create a very useful body of case law), but it just keeps on suing. The latest lawsuit is against usenet service provider Giganews. The complaint points out that the content is stored on Giganews' own servers, but (at least from the description) seems to ignore that the content comes from Usenet and users, not from Giganews itself. And, of course, Giganews has a registered DMCA agent, so it has safe harbor protections from users. It's unclear from the report linked here if Perfect 10 filed takedowns, but given Perfect 10's history of questionable or bogus takedown notices, you have to assume that even if they did, there's a decent chance they were faulty. At what point is this company finally put out of its misery?
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Filed Under: copyright, dmca, usenet
Companies: giganews, perfect 10

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    Gonnosuke, 3 May 2011 @ 10:29pm


    I've always wondered how companies like Giganews can stay in business when they're in the business of storing and serving up protected content. It's not like a torrent index site -- the content is actually *on* the Giganews servers. Hell, their biggest selling points are retention and high-bandwidth connections!

    Is it just so specialized and such a small market that they fly under the radar? Or is there some kind of loophole that allows them to thread the needle?

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