(HELP) TVX Films situation (still not resolved)
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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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Sown-Laughter's avatar
Sown-LaughterHobbyist General Artist
I say sue them but also pull in all the money you can from any other sites posting that video. Hit the lesser known sites with a complaint mainly a warning via email but "do not include other sites you had previously said this to" then file them in either a massive multi-law-suit for sexual harassment, slander, violation, of a minor verbal slander, anything that meets those terms of law breaking even blackmail, child abuse fit those terms. Be sadistic and make them paupers you have those rights and the terms. Be sure to request access the checks under a different name & bank and   then change your legal name (safety reasons) so you live and pull in the benefits break them spiritually mentally and physically in short Terrify them by that box image for them there is no escape in the land of broken thieves 
TransFormersf4n's avatar
TransFormersf4nStudent Digital Artist
I think you should sue them
Mach68's avatar
Still not resolved? You know you could file a lawsuit against TVX Films. Do it. Sue them until they're broke.
DeepDream-21's avatar
DeepDream-21Hobbyist Artist
STILL not resolved? I'm very sorry for that :/
Karinta's avatar
KarintaStudent General Artist
Oh dear god. I really hope you solve this. :hug:
arb-deviantart's avatar
Read the comment below you. It was already solved, thankfully.
toadhall111's avatar
Lara, did you get to resolve this case?

Cheers.
Pheagle-Adler's avatar
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's avatar
AquariorHobbyist Photographer
:iconfluttershyyesplz: Yay, a happy ending! Thankies for the link :w00t:
rafaelbisbal's avatar
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.
OminousSeed's avatar
OminousSeedProfessional General Artist
What ever happened with this?
Vasya27's avatar
The cover still hasn't changed :rage:
skinCRAZE's avatar
omg, thats horrible. i really hope you get somewhere with your case. those people saying it's your fault are dicks.
miezikatzi's avatar
If you didn't make such a noise, nobody would care about it. But now, everbody knows... Your own fault.
toadhall111's avatar
You're an IDIOT!
Grow up you jealous loser.
larafairie's avatar
larafairieProfessional Photographer
What a stupid thing to say - would you be happy with your work being on a porn dvd? would you just leave it and let it go? think about it.
miezikatzi's avatar
Your face is not to see in that picture! And it's a porn from the 80s, I don't think that it is popular. 50 year old fat man perhaps watched it, and I don't think that they know who is on the cover.
But now, you made it popular and everybody knows about it.
toadhall111's avatar
The fact of the matter is:

*The image is copyrighted and used without permission.
*Lara was 14 at the time the picture was taken.
*The company said they would not publish any more of the cover and they still are.
*You CAN see Laras face in the picture.
*Lara is probably writing this blog to ask for help, because her efforts so far have been unanswered.

Would YOU want to be on the cover of a porno?
No, because you are too hideously ugly like a horseface to appear on the cover of anything.

Get over yourself you jealous idiot, if you have nothing contructive to say then don't write it. Simple.
miezikatzi's avatar
"Would YOU want to be on the cover of a porno? No, because you are too hideously ugly like a horseface to appear on the cover of anything."

Wow, this is mature.
einsiol's avatar
einsiolHobbyist Photographer
hahaha...miezikatzi: your arguments are hillariusly ridicules. Did your seriously want to go on record with this? Your what, 12-14 years old? I think your are to young to understand this.
toadhall111's avatar
"If you didn't make such a noise, nobody would care about it. But now, everbody knows... Your own fault."

And this is?

You were rude and immature, not to mention insensitive, with this issue to begin with, what sort of responses do you expect.
*rolls eyes*
IzumiNanaki's avatar
I think you really need to be in this situation......porn movie or not its stealing this lovely girl's photo that she thought was meant for higher purposes. Not some 80's jack off movie...
missjtsang's avatar
you have absolutely no respect for art and its creators...

shame on you.
larafairie's avatar
larafairieProfessional Photographer
thats not the point. :no:
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