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(HELP) TVX Films situation (still not resolved)

Journal Entry: Fri May 25, 2007, 11:37 AM


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Yeah, that's right. My image is being used for a pornographic movie called 'Body Magic'.
Did they have permission? Did they hell.
This happened a few months back (well, since I found out). Somebody noted me saying this company was using one of my pictures.. actually let me get this straight - a SELF PORTRAIT that I took at the age of FOURTEEN.
I don't know if you can see the descriptions too well but it is qouted as 'Hustlers Highest Rated' and a 'pleasure to watch'. The back of the cover was disgusting.
I looked it up on the internet and found out that Hustler.com was stocking it and a range of other dirty video websites that took pleasure in this.. what I ALSO found was that there was a note on the back
saying 'Everyone associated with this DVD is 18 or over'. 18 or over? yeah right.
I contacted hustler and they gave me the name of the company - TVX Films. After doing some good old fashioned research I found that the company makes new covers for the dvds and that the movie was actually pretty old!
As soon as I'd found out relevant information and I send a long and 'friendly' letter to TVX Films - to my suprise I got an abrupt e-mail back from the owner who claimed that 'his company does NOT steal pictures off the internet and he recieved it from a company they've been in business with for 25 years'.
I found it hilarious, since I still remember taking that photograph back in 2004, I even have one of the first prints at my local walmart store with the date on! AND my small watermark on the dress which had been removed on the dvd cover..
After a few e-mails I found it obvious that I wasn't getting anywhere and that the owner was definately a sleaze himself. This is what he said in reply to me, in big bold capital letters to make a statement -

"I'M SURE BY THE END OF THE MONTH YOUR FACE WILL BE HISTORY. WE HAVE STOPPED SELLING THE DVD UNTIL COVER IS REPLACED. WE HAVE FURTHER CHECKED OUT YOUR NAME AND ITS NOT LIKE IT'S A HOUSE WHOLE NAME. ACTUALLY, REMOVING YOUR IMAGE WILL HELP IMPROVE THE SELL OF THE DVD….. SO FAR IT BOMBED"


He also claimed I was 'scheming' and had set him up - placing the image on a public domain so companies can steal it and I can sue them... er, what? I actually had this image on only one website for a few years until I joined flickr - just DeviantART and it was clear that wasn't a public domain when underneath each of my picture there is a disclaimer CLEARLY stating the obvious (that's it's copyright)... and ALSO i had a bloody © symbol and my name written across my dress!!! Isn't that enough to warn anyone off anyway?
When I asked for compensation he said "AS FOR COMPSENSATION;YOUR SILLY!". and this was one of the end comments he made -

"THEY ARE REMAKING THE COVER AS WE SPEAK SO YOUR TEN SECONDS OF FAME WILL SOON COME TO AN END"

My so called ten seconds of fame was from a porno dvd? No thanks.


I've contacted about three solictors near to where I live - they all say they cannot do anything because the company is based in Texas, USA. I've tried contacting lawyers over in America but not a lot of them will reply, a few lawyers that have told me I need at least £50,000 to take it on. I've even tried contacting the news but absolutely no reply from them either.
I feel like Im wasting my time, my image hasn't been removed, they sent me another cover claiming they'd removed it in the end.. I researched in on the net and they'd just shown me the cover that was originally on in the 80s.

REMOVED? I don't think so. Look, here's where it is STILL featured and this is from a quick web search -

(Warning, please do not click the links unless you are 18 years and above, it does contain some adult content).

www.gaytoysformen.com/catalog/MovieDetails.cfm?CFID=57816...

strippers.inadult.com/details.link/tid/881553/cfid/241811...

www.adultdvdtalk.com/price_search/search_item.dlt/sku=898...

bobbi-eden.excaliburfilms.com/AdultDVD/17654D1_Body_Magic...

www.sex-toys-sex-shop.com/body-magic_15244.html

www.adultdvdmarketplace.com/dvd_view_122311.html

www.xrentdvd.com/TVX/Body_Magic.5-33519.html?hc=AFC-ADT&a...

dvd.adultdvd-toys.com/bodymagic-29169-adultmovie.html




Please could someone help me with this? It feels like I'm pulling at loose strings and that I have no power over people like this. I'm still only 17 and trying to make my way in photography. I feel like I cannot display this picture anymore in case someone knows it from the movie.. or even the fact that someone THINKS im in the movie and it gives me a bad name..



Please repost this, on news sites, blogs. ANYTHING. I'd really like some help with this case. I'd appreciate ANY advice you guys could give to me. Thank you very much for reading.




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:iconmach68:
Mach68 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 12, 2014
Still not resolved? You know you could file a lawsuit against TVX Films. Do it. Sue them until they're broke.
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DeepDream-21 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
STILL not resolved? I'm very sorry for that :/
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh dear god. I really hope you solve this. :hug:
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arb-deviantart Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Read the comment below you. It was already solved, thankfully.
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toadhall111 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Lara, did you get to resolve this case?

Cheers.
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Pheagle-Adler Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
case was just resolved last October for 82 thousand pounds. Took her 3 years, but it was definitely worth it.

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Aquarior Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconfluttershyyesplz: Yay, a happy ending! Thankies for the link :w00t:
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rafaelbisbal Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
I am a professional Photographer in Los Angeles. I feel bad for your situation. Your best bet is to take it to a corporate lawyer that deals with copyright infringement (since you are the original owner of the image). You will win the case if you can prove the image is yours andyou still have the original metadata of the file saying that is yours. Good luck with everything. I am sorry for your ordeal.
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OminousSeed Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
What ever happened with this?
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Vasya27 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
The cover still hasn't changed :rage:
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