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Appeals Court Deals Blow To Pornography Publisher

Law360 (July 5, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court has ruled that companies that process credit card payments for Internet pirates should not be held liable for copyright infringement.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a judge’s decision to toss a lawsuit filed by publisher Perfect 10 Inc. against Visa International, MasterCard Inc. and their affiliated banks.

In a 2-1 decision, the appellate panel determined that the Beverly Hills-based publisher of adult magazines and Web sites was unable to show how the credit card associations were...
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