Japanese Porn Lawsuit Settles In Orange County Federal Court For $20.4 Million

Categories: Court, XXX

One of the pirated XXX Japanese films involved in the copyright lawsuit
A federal judge in Orange County this month finalized a $20.4 million judgment against an x-rated website that sold 272 Japanese pornography films on the Internet without authorization, according to court records inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.

The action by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney backs a trial-eve, April mediation settlement between plaintiff Dreamroom Productions, Inc. and HHSI, Inc. and its owner, Koji Ban.

Dreamroom Productions, which owns copyrights on the movies it created, filed its lawsuit in 2008 and won a 2011 permanent injunction against HHSI from selling its porn without authorization.

For years prior to the settlement, HHSI claimed it hadn't stolen any XXX movies because its site merely served as storage for the actual villains, a defense Dreamroom lawyers rejected after investigations.

"Dreamroom will present evidence at trial proving that HHSI, while trying to hide behind numerous aliases (including a labyrinth of interlocking websites, offshore entities, alter-ego businesses and sham corporations), copied plaintiff's movies onto its computers, and illegally sold thousands of copies to users who paid a 'membership fee' to a website called www.movie-revolution.com," the company's Marina del Rey-based lawyer, Paul T. Martin, wrote in a March court filing.

The $20.4 million judgment was calculated based on a fee of $75,000 for each of the 272 misappropriated films that are, according to court records, especially popular and profitable in Japan.

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