was a business decision not to settle
For those that
read the AVN
article about National A-1 Advert joining the Defense Group,
it was great news.
What you missed
were some great comments by Richard Cohen from their offical Press
I am presenting
the PR in its entirety with highlights over some memorable quotes
CONTACT: Richard Cohen
Stands Firm Against Acacia Patent Claims!
PA - HotMovies.com, the fastest growing Pay-Per-Minute site on the
Internet, and its parent company, National A-1 Internet, today announced
that it has joined the group fighting the patent claims made by
Acacia Research Corporation.
co-owner of HotMovies.com and National A-1 Internet said he spent
many months considering how his companies could best deal with the
Acacia situation. One of his considerations was that financially
it might be better to pay the royalties claimed by Acacia and move
considerable thought, Cohen now says that National and HotMovies.com
have decided to do what they believe is right: Fight a company whose
main purpose (after seeing its revenue shrink over the past few
quarters) is to sue people in a bet-the-company proposition.
"Acacia is not the inventor of the patents. They bought them
and are now taking advantage of many companies who cannot afford
He went on to
say that, "Acacia is taking advantage of a patent system that
is flawed. Patents were designed to reward inventors not those who
purchase patents invented by others."
is hard to believe and embarrassing to many of us in the industry,"
Cohen asserts, "that many companies have chosen to settle even
though, in their hearts, they know Acacia is wrong"
companies also know that Acacia has a reputation for bullying defendants
into settling. Companies that have settled now look at the royalties
they must pay to Acacia as just another cost of doing business."
Cohen says he prefers to avoid the headaches and stresses associated
with any litigation, he strongly believes there is more to life
the right thing and fighting for what we believe in is what we will
do,"' says Cohen. "Even if we lose, we will know that,
in good conscience, we did the best we could to stop the unfair
and unjust claims made by a company whose battle plan knows no limits."
the current Acacia litigation to personal injury lawyers who take
advantage of our legal system. These attorneys take marginal cases
so they can achieve quick settlements from insurance companies and
others who feel it is cheaper in the end to settle rather than to
pay legal fees.
is our primary business model and is therefore intricately tied
into National A-1's continued success," says Cohen.
that Pay-Per-Minute is the future of the Internet. Since streaming
is key to HotMovies.com's performance, we will strongly defend our
right to present this technology to a public who has demonstrated
that this is their preferred method to view Adult Entertainment."
also wants to recognize and applaud AEBN, the first company to offer
Pay-Per-Minute streaming, for joining the Acacia fight early on."
immediate opposition to what is an unjustified and unfair attempt
to hijack legitimate earnings is an inspiration to everyone in the
industry. We need to stand firm and fight!" says Cohen.
is one of the leading providers of adult entertainment. In addition
to virtual chat and live phone lines, National A-1 owns HotMovies.com,
Singles.com, Spanking.com, Girls.com, and many others. National
is also one of the largest audiotext companies. They have been in
business for over thirteen years and have over 250 employees.
Those who wish
to join with National in its fight against Acacia should contact