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Australian Reporter Exposes LA Film Distributor

Karl Quinn, entertainment editor of Australia’s The Age newspaper, has authored a fascinating look at the latest business dealings of thirtysomething brothers Matthew and Richard Clapham. The trigger for the piece was an October 1 third-party blog mention of their company Movie Rights Group, which is going after illegal Internet downloaders.

Quinn details a massive Internet porn empire and suggests this nascent legal action may be a tactical prelude to going after U.S. surfers of free X-rated sites. He also reveals that a Santa Monica film distributor the brothers do business with, Lightning Entertainment, has a parent company in Colorado that makes most of its money from pay-per-view and subscription TV channel porn:

The Lightning website does not reveal that it is also a subsidiary of New Frontier Media, a publicly listed Colorado-based company… Lightning Entertainment promised a response from Los Angeles via its legal counsel, but after a week and follow-up approaches by The Age had provided none.

There’s much more in the article, although Quinn points out that no aspect of the brothers’ 100+ porn sites empire appears to be illegal. Lightning Entertainment handles a wide variety of U.S. and foreign indie fare, including the Val Kilmer-Christopher Walken crime drama Kill the Irishman.

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