|From a comment by Colette Field, X-Art’s co-owner|
Hardcore “barely legal” pornography producer X-Art/Malibu Media is the most infamous Bittorent copyright troll plaintiff today. The shakedown cartel is run by an unlicensed German “investigator” IPP International (a.k.a. Guardaley), which allegedly unlawfully received payment contingent on coerced settlements; and a cynical and hypocritical attorney Michael Keith Lipscomb.
So far Lipscomb managed to keep afloat and more or less maintain the smokescreen of legitimacy. He even succeeded in duping Judge Baylson into declaring that Lipscomb is not a copyright troll, which would be laughable if not for thousands of lives Lipscomb & Co derailed.
It appears that as many other nouveau-riches, our pornographers preach double standards and don’t respect the law themselves.
I already mentioned that Colette and her husband Brigham film their flicks at home. They started doing it shortly after they bought their $16,000,000 mansion in June 2013. Colette, either due to blissful naivety or a belief that rich people are above the law, or both, cheerfully announced this fact to the world on July 11:
Since then Fields commercially produced more than a hundred of movies, majority of them appear to have been filmed at their Malibu home. The evidence is abundant. Here is only a single example (mildly NSFW).
So why should we care? According to the County of Ventura website,
The County of Ventura requires all commercial film productions to obtain a Ventura County Film Permit for all filming activities within the unincorporated areas of Ventura County (including private property). The film production company or property owner must apply for a film permit for any filming activities including, but not limited to: feature films, TV series, TV movies, commercials, music videos, still photography, and web productions.
So I and other people made inquiries, and here is one of the responses:
Now, there is more. As I mentioned recently, Ventura County adopted “Safer sex in the adult film industry ordinance” on 5/7/2013. Here is the original document:
I downloaded and browsed through about 130 XArt’s porno flicks (no, I’m not an idiot: I could afford a membershit [sic]), about half of them are male-female actions, and I never saw a single condom.
So, here we are: X-Art appears to be filming without permit in a residential area where filming is not allowed at all, blatantly ignoring barrier protection law, and not even bothering to keep all that in secret (link now leads nowhere: see the update below). And the parasites have the audacity to whine about piracy while being blasé about the sufferings of thousands of productive members of the society, including 100% innocents and senior citizens.
I’m sure, if confronted legally, Lipscomb will engage the entirety of his evil sophistry to downplay the findings, like he did when he was caught forging a signature. We should expect to hear some bogus explanations: that Fields’ Malibu mansion is under the Sint Maarten jurisdiction, or that 100% of models are allergic to latex.
While I’m not overly optimistic that this information will lead to real changes, I’m sure it will stir the vermin nest a little bit and make it harder for judges and public to believe Colette’s fake tears and Lipscomb’s cynical lies in the future.
Although… I take it back: if many people file complaints with Ventura officials and/or OHSA (Region 4, Van Nuys District Office), it may lubricate the slow wheels of justice, and maybe in a year or so we will find our pornographers and their slimy lawyers at the same place where Prenda will soon end up.
In what looks like a futile attempt to destroy evidence, Fields hastily removed two tags from their blog posts: Malibu and Ventura County. It’s not even funny that some folks think they can remove anything from the Internet. Here is a Wayback Machine’s snapshot of the latter tag (NSFW). And the question if I made screenshots is rhetorical, and therefore doesn’t require an answer.