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Record Labels Come Together, Sue Porn Site

7/10/2010 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Don't Stop (Til You Get Enough)," "SexyBack" and "I Kissed a Girl" could easily be mistaken for porn titles, not popular songs -- instead they are just the center of a major lawsuit involving music and porn.

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Warner Bros., Eleketra, Atlantic, Bad Boy and others have filed a lawsuit against RK Netmedia and RealityKings.com (NSFW!!!!) ... claiming the websites use their music as the soundtrack -- and sometimes even the inspiration -- for porn videos.

According to the lawsuit, the songs are often playing in the background while "models or actors are 'performing' their scenes." Sometimes, according to the suit, "the performers 'lip-sync' the lyrics of a song while engaged in intercourse or other sexual activity."

On some occasions, the record labels claim, the titles of the videos are derived from the songs they use -- like "Bringing Sexy Back" uses Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack."

The labels are asking for $150,000 per each copyright infringed -- and there are 18 pages of infringements.

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CrysJ    

It's not a violation of copyright to lip sync a song in any venue. It's also not a violation of copyright to be inspired by a song or to produce a work inspired by a song, it's called parody and it falls well outside the scope of copyright. Now using the song in the video could be construed as a copyright violation but, when something is filmed in a reality setting and a song happens to be playing in the background it's not technically a violation of copyright. If the song were use an overlay on the audio track, purposely put into the video by the production company, then it would be a copyright violation. The question is can the music label's prove that the use was intentional. Regardless, what their really fishing for here is precedent. The idea is, if they can get a court to say it's a violation of copyright to use music in any setting without paying for the right to do so, they automatically get to engage in a whole new set of lawsuits. Which means a whole lot more money for them as they sue schools, bars, restaurants, Karaoke venues, news agencies, people having tailgate parties, backyard barbecues, users who upload videos to Youtube and anyone who records a video when there happens to be a song playing in the background and then posts it publicly on the web. Make no mistake about it, their after a big one here and it has nothing to do with porn.

1501 days ago
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matt k     

I want the guys job that had to watch all that porn during work. "what are you doing john", um...." i think this porn site is using our music, let's watch 200 hours of it." Anyhow I want his job.

1501 days ago
33.

Get back to work!    

"their are 18 pages"...

Really? "Their"?

1501 days ago
34.

BangBros    

BangBros!

1501 days ago
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kathy40    

@Trish. Gee girl, do you REALLY have a HUSBAND and do you REALLY have sex?? I guess your man must be some DORK, if he can't get you GOING on Michael's COME TOGETHER or IN THE CLOSET. POOR THING, I see you are still OBSESSED with our MJ. Keep those stupid remarks coming.

1501 days ago
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kathy40    

TRISH is full of hatred she even stumbles on her words and then has the nerve to call others RETARDS. This is called PROJECTION, Trash, oh sorry, slip of the keyboard,I mean Trish-Trash.

1500 days ago
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kathy40    

@Kooky Sucks. Sreaming LIKE A LITTLE GIRL made MJ the best entertainer EVER and OUR KING of EVERYHING is still bringing in THE BIG MONEY. All YOU can do is keep squeezing your nuts,till you go blind. It won't help because you are "THE SUCKING GHOST of JEALOUSY" from MJ's GHOST video. One thing Kooky your name is wellchosen, you really do SUCK, you moron.

1500 days ago
38.

tishMJfan    

Leave Michael Jackson's music out of this you jerks! His music was about love and healing not sex and stealing!!

1500 days ago
39.

J.D.    

This lawsuit affects two Reality Kings sites: inthevip.com and vipcrew.com. Vipcrew.com is no longer updated but still online. How inthevip.com is filmed for each update they gather several porno girls in a limo and take them to a nightclub. Inside the club, they strip, have sex, etc. while a DJ plays various tunes, which are really good. I KNOW FOR A FACT LAST FEBRUARY ONE OF THEIR INTHEVIP.COM UPDATES WAS FILMED IN THE NIGHTCLUB AT JOSEPH'S CAFE AT 1775 IVAR AVE. IN HOLLYWOOD!!!

1500 days ago
40.

Twiggy    

The In the VIP episode filmed at Joseph's Cafe was released on September 8. It's called "True Booty" and stars Faye Reagan.

1442 days ago
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bunty    

very good.....

1418 days ago
42.

kim    

looks like realitykings rk netmedia inthevip etc owner mike imber or icey mike as he likes to be referred to (sounds like a character on batman )has more issues to deal with besides the infringment lawsuit.looks like alot of unhappy porn workers and the recent aids scare could be his next problem.
http://www.care2.com/news/member/428239312/2529333

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/10/aids-activists-praise-porn-star-jenna-jameson-for-calling-her-industry-a-ticking-time-bomb-1.html

1391 days ago
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joe    

its interesting that this same porn owner icey mike is kimbo slices manager.it looks like he has lawsuits coming from every corner,i guess thats all part of the porn bizz.

http://www.ripoffreport.com/adult-web-sites/julia-rabolli-realit/julia-rabolli-realitykings-ice-8e7c4.htm

1387 days ago
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mike    

wow icey mike and his porn companies gets sued for copyright infringment and they claim they didnt understand they were violating copyright yet they complain to google that they are being infringed upon hmm whats the truth they knew or didnt know??

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1372 days ago
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amanda    

reality kings "icey" Mike Imber jumps from one fire to the next first it was the copyright infringment,which looks like he settled and swept under the rug,now its a 15yr old underage porn film,alot more serious this time.Lets see if money gets him out of this one,if it was any of us we would be in jail for underage sex but time will tell.

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2011/05/bieyanka_moore_underage_porn_t.php?utm_campaign=everyblock&utm_medium=everyblock&utm_source=everyblock

alledgly icey mike partnered with icey realty to find locations to shoot porn in and house the girls.

http://www.iqrealestate.com/RealEstateBoard/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=8&topic=460...7

1125 days ago
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