Adult Tube Slutload Faces 2 Suits for Infringement
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Private Media Group has filed the first of two copyright infringement suits against the operators of Slutload.com, one of the largest adult tube sites, alleging it is streaming stolen content.
Slutload's owner, Ryan Milnes of Pensacola, Fla., also was hit with an infringement claim last month by Pink Visual. In the Private suit, John Does have been listed as defendants as well, presumably Slutload's advertising business partners.
The two suits waged by the top adult entertainment giants are significant because they are taking on one of the highest ranking websites, Slutload.com, which has an Alex traffic rank of 416.
According to Private's suit, Slutload is a “one-stop shop for infringing material” that has 5 million U.S.-based surfers each month that generate “million of dollars in annual revenue” from advertisements others place on the site.
Private, in its suit filed at U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, seeks an injunctive order, money damages, transfer of the Slutload.com domain name and other similar domain names and attorneys fees. Pink Visual filed its suit at U.S. District Court in New York.
Private said that Slutload has a "significant commercial and financial advantage" without purchasing licensing from copyright holders.
"Most, if not all, of the content indexed on or available on the website is infringing, unauthorized copyrighted content, including [Private's] copyrighted works," Private's suit said. "Slutload.com website is designed for the sole purpose of taking commercial advantage of copyrighted works without any authority whatsoever and derive benefit from the copyrighted works."
Private also alleges that Slutload has altered its films on the site by removing or blurring Private watermarks and logos and replacing with its own "Slutload.com” mark.
Among 19 films Private claims Slutload infringed, some of the titles include “Anal Mermaids,” “Beauties in the Tropix,” “Guns and Rough Sex” and “My Wife Cheats Me with a Lesbian.”
Pink Visual's complaint says that Slutload infringed on 53 of its films.
Allison Vivas, Pink Visual's president, acknowledged to XBIZ her company's infringement suit against Slutload operators but could not provide other details.
Private spokesman Jason Tucker and Milnes, Slutload's owner, did not immediately respond to XBIZ for comment.