Credit card companies aren't liable when someone uses a charge card to buy purloined pornography, a federal judge ruled Monday, tossing out a suit brought in California against Visa and MasterCard. Perfect 10 Inc. claims Web site operators around the world are selling its trademarked images -- and that credit card companies that process the transactions are liable for contributory and vicarious copyright infringement. Perfect 10's attorney said his client would appeal to the 9th Circuit.
Federal Judge Tosses Porn Purveyor's Copyright Suit Against Credit Card Companies
November 16, 2004