Bassett v. Carter et al. (18-cv-10576).

  • March 27, 2018

In one of the more salacious intellectual property filings I have seen, Martha 2019s Vineyard-based artist Leah Bassett filed suit against Mile High Media and a number of individuals associated with the company for copyright infringement, breach of contract, trespass, civil conspiracy, RICO violations, and a number of additional claims relating to the defendants 2019 alleged use of her Aquinnah house to shoot pornographic movies. Ms. Bassett designed the house, and decorated it with numerous works of art that she created, including paintings, sculptures, and the like. She alleges that one of the defendants rented the house during the winter of 2014 2013 2015 for the purpose of making porn, without telling her of the planned use of the property and in violation of the lease agreement. When he vacated the premises before the expiration of the lease, she discovered considerable damage to the house. Subsequent investigations revealed that the house had been used as the set of a number of porn films made and distributed by Mile High Media, in which her artwork is visible 2013 according to the complaint, some of her art was moved from room to room 201cin order to 2018aesthetically enhance 2019 their porn scenes 2026 201d She asserts willful copyright infringement, based on the defendants 2019 knowledge that she was a professional artist whose work would be protected by copyright law from the unauthorized reproduction of the same in the films. Ms. Bassett seeks monetary damages as well as injunctive relief to prevent further dissemination of films that include her copyrighted works of art. Judge Saris is the lucky winner of this case.

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