UPDATED (COURT DOCUMENTS) – CorbinFisher Sues Former Model and Male Escort Website

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The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that San Diego, California based Liberty Media Holdings also known better to us as CorbinFisher.com has filed a civil lawsuit against a former Corbin Fisher  turned escort Justin Kreuger ( photo left of Justin Kreuger via Orlando Sentinel ) and escort website, Men4RentNow.com for copyright infringement. Corbin Fisher raises claim that the photos used to associate the former model’s escorting profile were in violation of copyright laws as the 7 images were the property of Corbin Fisher when Justin modeled for Fisher under the name of Greg.

Corbin Fisher seeks $150,000.00  per photo for a total of one million from both the model and escort site.

Following my reading of the Orlando newspaper article I made the connection that Justin is in fact JetSetsMen’s Jake Lyons starring now in the newly released DvD,  Pizza Boys Gangbang.

Any chance this Corbin Fisher legal action is related to Jake’s recent appearance in a JetSetMen DVD? It has always been rumored that Corbin Fisher only likes to work with models who would be only exclusive to their brand.


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Jake Lyons – Photo: JetSetMen


By Amy L. Edwards, Orlando Sentinel
January 18, 2010

Photographs of a self-described porn star that were placed on a male escort’s Web site are at the center of a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Orlando federal court. At issue are seven risque pictures of Orlando resident Justin Krueger that were uploaded to men4rentnow.com. The photos include a trademarked name — Corbin Fisher — on each image, according to the suit brought by San Diego-based Liberty Media Holdings.

Liberty Media owns the rights to those images. It wants about $1 million in damages, the suit says — $150,000 for each infringement it is alleging.

Attempts to reach Krueger were unsuccessful.

Through its attorney, Wintice Group, which runs men4rentnow.com, denied any wrongdoing.

Wintice Group merely operates a classified ad service, similar to Craigslist or other classified ad services,” attorney Peter L. Arvant wrote in an e-mail. “Individual advertisers directly upload and post all of their own content and photos. Wintice Group does not post any content or photographs.”

“Wintice is very mindful and respectful of intellectual property rights. We would never infringe on another company’s rights, just as we hope and expect that others would not infringe on our intellectual property. Wintice is confident that the legal process will show that.”

Krueger is a model who worked for Liberty Media, appearing in a movie “Greg,” the suit says.

A copy of the men4rentnow.com listing is included in the federal court file. The online listing states Krueger is a “rising porn star and a [sic] escort.”

A MySpace page reportedly belonging to Krueger also says the 19-year-old is a porn star.

Krueger is nude in several of the photographs that were uploaded to men4rentnow.com. Liberty Media claims it never licensed its photographs to an escort agency.

Update: There was some initial confusion with this story based on a post by TheSword.com that the model Justin Krueger was NOT named as a defendant. You can now see that Corbin Fisher’s attorney Marc Randazza has weighed in our comment section below and has clarified that the MODEL IS ALSO A NAMED AS A DEFENDANT in the action.

The Sword was in error in correcting us when in fact this post’s initial report was in fact correct.We have now edited and retracted the previous followup where we related that the model was not a defendant.

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26 Comments

  1. GayPornGossip

    January 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    The foregoing comments were brought over from a post on GorgeousBoys

    TheREALDaveofDaves
    Submitted on 2010/01/19 at 7:27pm

    I wonder if Corbin Fisher will sue You Know Who for just as much for using a photo of a years gone by model for that phony 'movie' the Unmentionable One is 'filming' and features on the website?
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    I wonder if Corbin Fisher will sue You Know Who for just as much for using a photo of a years gone by model for that phony 'movie' the Unmentionable One is 'filming' and features on the website?

    MRisaJA
    Submitted on 2010/01/19 at 6:25pm

    Mark Randazza is a jack ass. These people at Corbin Fisher have nothing better to do than harrass models. If you ever read a Corbin contract you would laugh because it says that if a model is paid more than $2K for a scene he has to agree to accept payment for the scene in 4 installments over time.

    • Carlos

      February 9, 2010 at 12:51 am

      who is "you know who"? and who is the "unmentionable one"? . . . . please . . . . I'm lost . .

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  4. Brady

    January 22, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Jake Lyons first porn appearance was gracing the box cover of Anal Initiation Rights by High Drive Productions.

  5. Marc J. Randazza

    January 24, 2010 at 12:29 am

    You have a few errors in your post.

    We have learned The Orlando Sentinel was in error, Men4Rentnow.com is being sued not the model.

    The model is actually a defendant as well.

    Any chance this Liberty Media Legal action is related to Jakes appearance in a Jet Set DVD?

    No, it has no relevance. In fact, when I drafted the lawsuit, we were unaware of the fact that he is appearing in a Jet Set DVD.

    • GayPornGossip

      January 24, 2010 at 2:01 am

      Thanks Marc for sharing the facts with us. Much appreciated.

  6. Marc J. Randazza

    January 24, 2010 at 2:19 am

    You are most welcome. I think that it is unfortunate that there seems to be so much misinformation about this suit out there. One of the other commenters said "These people at Corbin Fisher have nothing better to do than harrass models." Nothing could be further from the facts. We actually prefer to not have conflict with our talent — and most of our talent has a very good relationship with us.

    Our contracts are clear — we don't want to be associated with escort agencies. That is both for brand management purposes, and for important legal purposes. If a guy wants to be an escort, that's his business. If he wants to be a CF model, and thus represent our company, and to be part of our company's image, then he has to give up escorting.

    If anyone uses our images to sell anything, whether it is soda pop or escort services, we don't allow that. We do license our images to some high-quality book publishers, and we do so under specific circumstances, with strict guidelines. That works for everyone.

    Finally, if you see us in a lawsuit with someone, you can be 99% certain that we tried to work it out with them before going that far. We always try and handle things "the nice way," and sometimes that is how things get worked out. If we filed a lawsuit against someone, you can be pretty certain that they rejected a pretty light-handed and reasonable compromise.

    If you ever have any questions about any of our lawsuits, you should not hesitate to contact us. We like to be transparent about our court actions, where legal ethics and rules permit.

    Marc J. Randazza
    General Counsel
    Corbin Fisher

  7. DeWayneinSD

    January 24, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Thanks Marc for taking the time to clarify some points. I had a suspicion this was more about the commingling of an Escort Site and the Corbin Fisher brand and I certainly understand why that cannot be tolerated.

    I regret my "snarky" tone it was early and I had assumed (wrongly) this involved the Jet Set movie and Mr.Krueger current employment.

  8. Cameron Cowan

    January 24, 2010 at 3:22 am

    I have to say that as a porn site owner we have lots of guys and we don't care what they do afterwards. CF always has like their boys to stay exclusive to them because they do a very good job of keeping their material off the internet so that they make money. That is fine as we do the same thing and I'm always in favor of people making money. Using his Corbin Fisher pics for the escorting site was wrong and I certainly agree with getting those pics off the internet right away. But requiring a guy to quit escorting or whatever else because he has worked for CF is just ridiculous. If CF wants him that bad then put out a well paying exclusivity contract. 

  9. GayPornGossip

    January 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Following today's posting of the civil complaint filed in this matter, I'm somewhat confused as to why the complaint doesn't directly name the model, Justin Kreuger as defendant. I do see John Doe 1-10, however in paragraph 13 its states that 1-10 are – owners and operators of the escort website.

  10. skekoa

    January 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Let's try to be a little less naive, shall we? Lawsuits are as much about business strategy these days as they are about a legitimate judicial process to address grievances. Anyone in business who were to say otherwise is a liar.

    Question: Does the amount of the suit earnestly represent the losses and damages that had accrued as a result of the trespass against the copyright? Is the pecuniary penalty proportional to proper restoration of business? Or does it advance business by means incidentally and well outside the business' expertise and normal area of activity?

    It would not be outrageous suggest that there may be more going on here for a quick glance at the vitality of B2B tort activity across the country, I should like to think.

    Now consider, did the model violate the Escort Service's TOS? Given the size of the infringement suit, is it unreasonable to expect that the Escort Service will take action against the Model for breach of their agreement. Concomitantly, though the Model had not been named as a defendant in the infringement suit directly, it does not necessarily mean he is not a targeted by subsequent reproduction, meaning that it may not have been formally averred, this suit could be serving more perfidious ends just as well.

  11. Sterling

    January 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Let's try to be a little less naive here, shall we? Lawsuits are as much about business strategy these days as they are about a legitimate judicial process to address grievances. Anyone in business who were to say otherwise is a liar.

    Question: Does the amount of the suit earnestly represent the losses and damages that had accrued as a result of the trespass against the copyright? Is the pecuniary penalty proportional to proper restoration of business? Or does it advance business by means incidentally and well outside the business' expertise and normal area of activity?

    It would not be outrageous suggest that there may be more going on here for a quick glance at the vitality of B2B tort activity across the country, I should like to think.

    Now consider, did the model violate the Escort Service's TOS? Given the size of the infringement suit, is it unreasonable to expect that the Escort Service will take action against the Model for breach of their agreement. Concomitantly, though the Model had not been named as a defendant in the infringement suit directly, it does not necessarily mean he is not a targeted by subsequent reproduction, meaning that it may not have been formally averred, this suit could be serving more perfidious ends just as well.

  12. Destiny Longleg

    January 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Actually, in Corbin Fisher's Amended Complaint, it states that the photos in question ALL had the Corbin Fisher Logo attached to the images and also, the Screen Name for the escort's profile was actually "Corbin Fisher" (you may view the Complaint & Proof of Exhibits online). Every photo and profile is First approved by the men4rentnow staff Before it is placed online. With Corbin Fisher being such a Large and Well known name and since the gay adult industry is tight nit, it is easily assumed that the men4rentnow staff has heard of Corbin Fisher before the profile arrived in their queue. You may read the complaint online and follow the proceedings through the Orlando Federal District Court. Just Google LIBERTY MEDIA HOLDINGS & WINTICE GROUP INC. together in your search query.

  13. Marc J. Randazza

    January 29, 2010 at 12:41 am

    @ DeWayne – No problem. Misunderstandings are part of life, and I couldn't expect you to predict that we would be here to answer any questions. But, now that you know, I want you to feel free to email me any time you might have a question about one of our cases. We would be pleased to provide information to you.

    @ Cameron Cowan — You wrote But requiring a guy to quit escorting or whatever else because he has worked for CF is just ridiculous. If CF wants him that bad then put out a well paying exclusivity contract. You are correct. Expecting a guy to quit escorting because he has worked for CF is ridiculous! But that did not happen here. In this case, Mr. Kreuger came to us, we gave him a contract, and in that contract he had a choice to make. If he wanted to be a CF model, he had to give up being an escort. If he wanted to stick with escorting, he was under no obligation to become a CF model. He chose to agree, and then he broke the deal.

    @ GayPornGossip (and probably DeWayneinSD) – Often when you file an initial complaint, you quickly file an amended one. The amended one is available online, and if you would like a copy, please send me an email. Marc (AT) corbinfisher (DOT) com. I will be happy to provide it to you.

    @ Sterling – You wrote: Question: Does the amount of the suit earnestly represent the losses and damages that had accrued as a result of the trespass against the copyright? Is the pecuniary penalty proportional to proper restoration of business? Or does it advance business by means incidentally and well outside the business' expertise and normal area of activity?

    The fact is, we sell our photographs. We never sell them for less than $5,000 each. Given that fact, if someone takes 7 of our photographs without paying for them, they took $35,000 worth of property, and they ought to pay for it.

    Additionally, the copyright act provides for very high penalties for infringement precisely because it is difficult to find and catch infringers. However, those who get caught, and get tapped, pay dearly. If the damages were only $500, a lot more people would do it, since the chance of getting caught is low, and if you get caught, the fine would be small.

    Given that it is hard to catch infringers, the penalties are set high to act as a deterrent to those who think that they might not get caught. If you have any further questions about this, we are pleased to answer them.

  14. CorbinIsLame

    February 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

    $150,000 per picture? lmao GOOD LUCK!

  15. EXCorbin

    February 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I once worked for Corbin Fisher I have talked with another former model who has become somewhat famous or should I say notorius in gayporn.

    Let me tell you what is up with this "lawsuit"

    1.Model has no money so first up this is not about the Benjamins no matter what the legal eagle parrots

    2.DMCA someone like the escort site and the photos come down end of story,

    3.This is all about Model intimidation, crack a whip keep the models in line.

    First Corbin dont like gays I was made to feel very unwelcome cause I was a gay boy! Corbin prefer straights cause they done talk to or mix with gay customers so no gay drama

    Second you work for anyone else your in trouble Corbin expects you exclusive for a year but they dont pay you the exclusive rate! They find out you work for another company with a name and they will either drop you or threaten you.

    Three they say you will be sued if you reveal anything about how they film, you cant talk about your work. they just want you to show up get fucked and shut up.

    There is no respect your a whore to Corbin Fisher nothin more. If your Gay its worse!

    I'm sure this will never go to court no money to be made

    but a way to intimidate and keep the guys in line Bingo thats what its about

    Dont get me wrong you will be well paid at Corbin, you are just shit while your there!

    • Insipid

      March 18, 2010 at 5:49 am

      A lot of what you say doesn't sound right.
      It does seem as if Greg's actions were more extreme (and i was a fan of Greg's). Not only did he violate his contract in becoming an escort, but he used Corbin's photos and he even called himself by the name Corbin Fisher! You gotta admit that's going pretty out of your way to piss them off. Considering the number of models that have been working for them for years, i doubt if the treatment of models is as bad as you say. Furthermore a number of their main models are out queers right now. Levi, Luca and Jamie are all frequent contributer in-demand models that are gay. Pete, was one of their main models is gay and still works for them. Furthermore they just gave 60k to promote gay rights in Florida, i doubt if they're as bigoted as you say. It seems like you and they weren't a good fit and you just blamed it on bigotry.

      What name were you under when you worked for Corbin?

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  19. David Anderson

    March 4, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Wow. I guess Jake is back escorting again! And, lets hope the producers of Pizza Boy Gang Bang are not looking to sue. I watched the DVD! It was Awesome. Buy it! Take my word for it. Jake can take it like a champ! ummmm!!!!

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  20. Sammy Huseth

    April 25, 2010 at 1:29 am

    A total bottom boy . he is cute though nonetheless

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