Playboy Wins Copyright Infringement Suit
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In what it is calling a landmark legal victory, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (PEI) announced today it won an Internet copyright infringement suit filed against San Diego-based Five Senses Productions.
A federal judge in Southern California awarded PEI $3.74 million in damages in connection with the unauthorized use by Five Senses Productions of approximately 7,500 Playboy images.
PEI said it took legal action because the subscription-based area of Five Senses' Web site featured thousands of images scanned from Playboy magazine.
After federal marshals raided Five Senses' offices last year, removing computer hard-drives and CD-ROMS containing Playboy images, Five Senses owner Francesco Sanfilippo agreed to a preliminary injunction that prevented the site from using Playboy images until the suit was resolved.
In a statement issued today, PEI said the decision is noteworthy from a legal standpoint because it considered each use of a Playboy image on Five Senses' site as an individual copyright infringement, as opposed to limiting the violations to the number of magazine editions in which the images appeared.