Israel Porn Producers sue for Copyright Infringement

Lemming Producions, the makers of the 2004 porn film  “Grounded on the Base” have sued the Ero Center website and its hosters for uploading the film to the website without permission.

The Case was filed in the Tel Aviv District Court and the plaintiffs are demanding 1/2 Million Shequels ($125,000 US) in damages, claiming that the work took 4 months, toil, effort, creativity and talent in the fiming, storline, choice of actors direction, soundtrack and editing.

Apparently, the website advertised the film with permission and had links with the producers, however having a full version of the film for downloading was not agreed upon.

I expect this will become a landmark case for Freedom of creative Expression, Free Speech and the like. Particularly with a Knesset Campaign to limit access from Israel to Internet porn sites gathering momentum. It is unlikely that the Israel Courts will let the democratically elected representatives curtail free speech in such a draconian manner. After all its not political debate or the market place of ideas at stake.

For the record, I have not viewed the film in question and have no opinion whatsoever regarding the artistic merits thereof.



Categories: Copyright, Intellectual Property, Internet, Israel, Israel Copyright, Israel IP, Israel Related, News

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