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Megaupload's former hosting provider LeaseWeb has been sued for copyright infringement at a federal court in California. A complaint filed by adult magazine publisher Perfect 10 accuses the hosting provider of servicing several "pirate" websites. The publishers also holds LeaseWeb liable for the infringements of Megaupload, demanding up to $188 million in damages.


Adult magazine publisher Perfect 10 has made a business out of suing online services for alleged copyright infringement.

Over the past several years the company has targeted a dozen high-profile services including Google, Amazon, Yandex, Mastercard, Visa, RapidShare, Giganews and Depositfiles. Thus far these efforts have been rather unsuccessful, private settlements with Amazon and Depositfiles aside.

Perfect 10, however, has no plans to halt its legal crusade and earlier this month the company filed a lawsuit against LeaseWeb. In their complaint, Perfect 10 accuses LeaseWeb of providing hosting services to several websites that host pirated copies of their images.

“Defendants host and provide Internet connectivity and other essential services to websites, including infringing websites operated in California that have infringed tens of thousands of Perfect 10 Copyrighted Works,” the complaint states.

According to Perfect 10, LeaseWeb currently hosts at least eight websites in the U.S. which store their work without permission; Imgchili.net, imgchili.com, imgtiger.com, imgserve.net, Poringa.net, ultraforos.com, ultraforos.net and Galleryworld.info.

LeaseWeb’s former client Megaupload is also prominently mentioned as one of the websites through which copyrighted images were distributed. Megaupload’s servers were located both in the U.S. and Europe.

“The LeaseWeb Defendants have hosted the website megaupload.com on their servers located both in Virginia and in Europe,” the complaint states.

“Megaupload.com allegedly infringed upon Perfect 10’s Copyrighted Works until the website was seized and shut down in or about January 2012 following a federal indictment accusing the website of criminal copyright infringement.”

Perfect 10 argues that LeaseWeb is directly responsible for the copyright infringements of its customers. The company says it sent 22 DMCA notices to LeaseWeb early 2013, identifying 12,220 infringing images, and believes the hosting provider should have taken the URLs in question offline.

“Defendants could have and should have ended the infringement by processing Perfect 10’s DMCA notices and removing the infringing images or by refusing to host the identified allegedly infringing websites, among other things,” the complaint explains.

“Defendants have failed to take such action and have failed to remove the infringing material that Perfect 10 has identified in its DMCA notices. Defendants’ conduct has caused, and continues to cause, severe and irreparable harm to Perfect 10,” they add.

Perfect 10 does not state whether it also sent DMCA notices to the sites in question. Most hosting providers forward DMCA notices to their clients, who are then responsible for resolving the issue.

Previously Megaupload, who were sued themselves by Perfect 10 in 2011, informed TF that they swiftly responded to Perfect 10′s takedown notices.

“All infringing files Perfect 10 has ever reported to Mega have been removed within hours. We keep track of all DMCA notices and could identify all notifications from Perfect 10 and we have verified that all reported links were disabled within hours,” the company told us.

Perfect 10 nevertheless concludes that LeaseWeb is aware that it hosts infringing websites because of the DMCA notices they, and others, have sent over the years.

The adult company says it suffered significant losses and demands the maximum statutory damages of $150,000 per infringement. With a total of 1256 listed infringements this means that LeaseWeb is facing up to $188 million in damages.

TF has asked LeaseWeb for a comment on the complaint but we have yet to hear back.

While Perfect 10 doesn’t have a good track record in court, the case will be an important one to determine the liability of hosting providers for their customers’ actions. For that reason alone, it is worth keeping a close eye on the case.

Source: TorrentFreak

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The problem for Perfect 10, now they have sued LeaseWeb, is that LeaseWeb over the years have become masters at delaying court hearings and court cases, and at proportionately diminishing amounts awarded as compensatory damages to claimants.

LeaseWeb is probably also in a good position to do "the perfect DDoS attack"" akin to "the perfect murder".

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Anti piracy is the new trend since 2011. Everybody has started a company that claims to protect developers propriety and so on. On almost every software forum you'll see an idiot trying to be smart by promoting his Anti-piracy company, and asking the developers to contact them to start the collaboration. Some put their pricing too.

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Isn't this akin to suing a car manufacturer because someone was run over with one of their cars ?

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how do they maintain a profit, by making so many lawsuits? attorneys arent free...

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