June 23, 2004 09:27am
Jenna Jameson Says Acacia Stumbling
Source: CJIDigital PR
by: Company Press Release
(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) -- Leading adult star Jenna Jameson says Acacia Media Technologies has revealed a flaw in its effort to extract licensing fees from the adult industry for sending video over the Internet. Ms. Jameson and her company, ClubJenna, Inc., are part of a coalition of adult enterprises battling Acacia's attempt to herd adult companies into a mandated class that could strip away the rights of companies who are not even involved in the ongoing lawsuit.
"We think Acacia has realized that its case against the Internet adult industry is failing, so it has decided to sue nine cable and satellite giants -- including Comcast, Cox, Charter, DirectTV and Echostar -- in a new attempt to extract millions of dollars in licensing fees," says Ms. Jameson.
Newport Beach, Calif.-based Acacia alleged last week that major cable and satellite companies have infringed on five patents that Acacia says cover systems and methods of transmitting and receiving audio/visual content via the Internet, cable, satellite, and telephone systems. Acacia filed suit against the nine companies in U.S. District Court in San Francisco last week.
Earlier, Acacia asked the U.S. District Court Central District of California Southern Division to create a class action lawsuit against all adult Internet businesses. That lawsuit would take away the right for these companies to have a voice in the case, and at the same time could potentially force them to pay Acacia or shut down.
"Acacia is going after the adult industry because we are a politically incorrect group and an easy target," says Ms. Jameson. "Through our efforts, Acacia has come to realize that its legal theory has stumbled and that it won't succeed in lumping all adult companies into a single class. So it is now trying to grab what it can by going after the cable and satellite companies before the Court tells everyone what Acacia's patents really cover. People in the adult industry should still be concerned because anything can happen in court. If Acacia somehow succeeds they will essentially be able to shut down or get a judgment against any company they accuse of violating their bogus patent claims."
The Acacia patents relate generally to technology used to build, store, transmit and receive blocks of data over networks like the Internet, telephone, cable, and satellite systems. Attorneys for the adult industry defendants argue that the claims are not infringed and that "prior art" exists that predates the Acacia patents and makes them invalid. Last week, attorneys with the law firm of Fish & Richardson filed motions in Federal Court asking the judge in the case to deny Acacia's request for an adult Internet "class," and proposed a mechanism to streamline and swiftly end the complex legal proceedings Acacia have brought against more than a dozen adult Internet businesses.
About Jenna Jameson:
According to Rolling Stone, Jenna Jameson is the actress who "put the star in porn star," and to New York Magazine she's a "cultural icon." Recognized by Adult Video News as the leading female adult star of all time, she has won virtually every honor the adult industry bestows. Her highly anticipated book on her life and sexual adventures for the ReganBooks imprint of HarperCollins, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Memoir co-authored with former New York Times writer Neil Strauss, will be published in August. Her E! True Hollywood Story profile was one of its highest-rated E! shows of 2003. She has had numerous mainstream movie and television roles, has hosted E!'s 'Wild On' program, has made countless television appearances and has debated and won at Oxford University in England. Jenna Jameson is the chairwoman of ClubJenna, Inc., a product licensing and Internet management firm that handles the Web activities for more than a dozen adult stars. Her films are produced by her own production company and are distributed by Vivid Entertainment Group, which has selected her as a Vivid Girl. Jenna, who began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl, has appeared in more than 1,000 magazines articles and graced approximately 400 magazine covers from Playboy, New York, Esquire and Penthouse to Glamour, Paper, Cosmopolitan, Allure and Jane. FHM ranks her as one of the 100 Most Beautiful Girls in the World.