FlavaWorks Wins Copyright, Trademark Pirating Decision
CHICAGO — FlavaWorks announced that it has been granted a motion to force DGSource.com/Gairoo.com (a forum) and it’s owner TaRon Wyche to cease using over a dozen domains owned by the defendant that were being used to steal, post and transmit its intellectual property.
In addition, the decision ordered by Northern District of Illinois Federal Court Judge Joan B. Gottschallto orders the hosting company, Soft Layer Technologies to permit FlavaWorks access to the server to retrieve data relevant to the case.
FlavaWorks filed its lawsuit against the defendants nearly a year ago in the Northern District of Illinois Federal Courthouse resulting in a court-issued permanent injunction against Wyche from forever posting any Flava Works’ material. Flava Works also received a $301,320 judgment.
The company said that Wyche was ordered to appear in court but failed to do so. FlavaWorks’ attorneys then asked the court to have the U.S. Marshalls take Wyche into custody and appear before the court at a future date,
As a result, the Judge ruled on in favor of FlavaWorks. The order reads: “Defendant, TaRon Wyche is held in civil contempt of court for failing to appear in Court on March 2, 2011. A Writ of Body of Attachment is issued against Defendant, TaRon Wyche. The U.S. Marshal Service shall execute the writ of body attachment on defendant, TaRon Wyche, and bring Defendant, TaRon Wyche, before the court.”
FlavaWorks CEO Phillip Bleicher commented, “I am pleased with Honorable Joan B. Gottschall’s decision to forever stop this Internet pirate from operating. It was also a nice surprise that the Judge granted us all domains to Flava Works for good.”
He added, “Now that we have the data from the server we can individually target all of the posters and downloaders who infringed on our intellectual property.”
FlavaWorks said it has been monitoring Wyche’s sites for the last three years and that Wyche began in 2007 as SoGully.com, then after he drew attention from studios for his theft, quickly changed his name to DGSource.com, followed shortly thereafter to LookLurk.com and finally to Gairoo.com.
The company said it is also preparing another round of lawsuits to be filed as early as next week against copyright and trademark infringers "to put an end to the rampant stealing of FlavaWorks’ copyrighted material."