Japan porn site takes a pounding

But website hits back at allegations over its name, logo and domain, saying the claims are groundless and it wants an apology

A porn website accused by Hong Kong’s dominant free-to-air broadcaster of copyright infringement over its name, logo and domain has refused to back down, saying the claims were “completely groundless” and even demanded an apology for damage to reputation.

The website myAV SUPER, which streams adult videos of Japanese porn stars, also argued it attracted more internet traffic than TVB streaming platform myTV SUPER. It also took a jab at the mistakes in TVB’s legal letter.

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On Tuesday, the broadcaster issued an email warning to myAV SUPER, detailing the grounds for its accusations.

“We have noticed that you registered on January 17, 2017 the domain of http://wwww.myavsuper.com and used it as an adult website,” the letter read, with an extra “w” mistakenly added to the address. A simplified version of the Chinese character “two” was also used in the email, which was otherwise written in traditional Chinese characters.

“Please note that we have registered mytvsuper.com as early as October 13, 2015 … Your website has a striking resemblance to ours,” the email added.

TVB also accused the website of mimicking its logo’s design, including the positioning of words and the colour scheme.

“This is clearly not a coincidence. We have reason to believe your website has performed creative infringement, leading to the public being misled into thinking the website has connections with [TVB].”

The listed company gave myAV SUPER an ultimatum on Friday to discontinue using its name, domain and logo, and guarantee in writing that it had complied with the request.

But the porn website hit back ahead of the deadline.

“We have spotted numerous mistakes in the letter … and at one stage suspected it was a bogus email,” its statement read.

“Internet domain registration works on a first-come, first-served basis. TVB should have registered the concerned domain if it felt it might relate to mytvsuper,” it added.

It also argued the logo, which adopted the category III logo used in Hong Kong’s film classification system, only signified that the website was for an adult audience.

“We express regret over TVB’s groundless accusations. Our website’s global traffic has always been higher than mytvsuper; such accusations have seriously damaged our reputation and we hope TVB can retract the comments and apologise,” the statement concluded.

According to website analysis firm Alexa, myAV SUPER was ranked 60,073th globally in terms of traffic, while myTV SUPER was lower at 98,877th.

A TVB spokeswoman said the matter was now being handled by the broadcaster’s legal department and she had no further comment.

-SCMP

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