Judge Squashes Tube Sites

Xbiz.com reports today that a federal judge has given the operators of JerkYourTube.com, GayForIt.com and ItsAllGay.com until the end of business day today to hand over their websites to a receiver or face $1,000-a-day fines.

Praise the Lord, although whether it will stick or not remains to be seen as the operators are in the U.K.

U.S. Judge Maxine Chesney also ordered three more of the company’s websites transferred to a receiver, as well, in her contempt order against GLBT Ltd.

Those sites —  JerkYourTube.eu, GayForIt.eu and ItsAllGay.eu — all received traffic directed from the three similar .com names, Chesney said.

Attorney Marc Randazza, who represents Corbin Fisher, one of three plaintiffs in the copyright infringement suit, said that the U.K. operators of the site think they are “beyond the reach of the courts” in the U.S.

In its original $29 million complaint made last year, gay studios Channel One Releasing, Corbin Fisher and Titan Media contend that GLBT Ltd.’s business model follows a system where it requires uploaders to “strip away any evidence that the content is a professional or copyright registered work by prohibiting any video that has the copyright owners’ titles, credits or watermarks.”

Ironically, GLBT Ltd. is owned and operated by Steven and David Compton, both U.K. residents, who not only are known as operators of the six similar-formatted sites, but the pair two years ago rolled out COP-CMS, a software program that proclaims to protect adult studios from copyright infringement.

In August, the three gay studios filed for a preliminary injunction to stop GLBT Ltd. from dispersing its assets, with a federal judge granting the studios’ injunction.

Chesney at the time also ordered that the GLBT Ltd. domains be put into receivership pending resolution of the suit.

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