Lou. woman's suit against porn studios gets international attention

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 11 at 6:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville woman is fighting back after five porn studios say that she illegally downloaded their videos.

Jennifer Barker, 44, denies the allegation and is now suing them claiming fraud, extortion and defamation of character. An attorney representing the adult movie companies says not so fast. They have proof the downloads came from her address.

This suit is getting international attention and it happens more often than you may think. She is one of 250,000 people in this country accused of file sharing or using torrents to illegally obtain pornography.

"She's never looked at pornography. She's never downloaded pornography, " said Ken Henry, Barker's Attorney.

Henry says Barker got a call in May from a collection agency saying she needed to pay up for  illegally down loading several porn videos.

"She had no clue. She thought it was a scam. And it was but she thought it was just a scam and they kept calling and they kept calling," said Henry.

Barker was then named in a Florida lawsuit and the collection agency then called her workplace.

She hired an attorney and filed suit in US District Court against five adult movie companies. In the suit, she states the caller told her she had illegally downloaded several titles from the website X art which is owned by Malibu Media. She says the caller allegedly told her to settle the suit or she would be publicly identified.

"That's the ridiculous part of this. To Jennifer they never made a demand. They say you need to work with us to settle this. Their demands are usually between a $1,000 to $5,000," said Henry.

Keith Lipscomb, the attorney representing the companies says they have proof that the downloads came from her  I-P address.

Lipscomb also says it's unlikely Barker's Wi -fi was hacked. He says they believe Barker's fiance got the notice and stopped.

"Ms. Barker's live-in boyfriend intercepted the notice from Insight and is pretending now that he never got it. It is likely him the fiance that did this work , who did the infringement," said Lipscomb.

Lipscomb says his clients intend to fight Barker's suit. He claims this is a copyright infringement and it could cost upwards of $150,000 per infringement. Barker 's suit alleges fraud, extortion and emotional distress. She is seeking punitive damages but the suit doesn't name an amount .

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