Io Group, Inc., parent company of gay adult producer Titan Media, was recently awarded $418,500 in damages for online copyright infringement committed by Timothy J. Ward on his Websites www.Sobe-cfg.com and www.Sobear.com.
The judgment was announced September 3 by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White. Judge White awarded Titan Media $209,250 for the copyright infringement of 279 images illegally published by Ward on his websites, and an additional $209,250 for violations of Rights of Publicity for the same images. This represents an award of $1,500 for each of the images that were illegally published.
"This judgment is the result of Titan Media's continued campaign to bring to an end the wholesale pilfering of online adult materials," said Keith Webb, Vice President of Titan Media. "While this case highlights the potential liability of major operations, even small-time infringers should beware. Titan Media demands compensation every time someone uses its valuable content. Titan Media has not hesitated to file Federal lawsuits against companies caught stealing even a single photograph."
Webb urged all adult content producers to follow Titan's lead and protect their on-line assets.