Photocopy legal records relating to the lawsuit
(1983-1985) brought by Laguna Pacific, the production company of gay adult
filmmaker George Fisher (aka William Higgins), against David Beckmann (aka
David Carter) for unauthorized selling of authentic copies, and selling
counterfeit copies, of the former's films. The materials include extensive
photocopies of the defendant's financial records, which illustrate the business
aspects of the gay adult film industry in the early 1980s.
In late 1983, investigators for Laguna Pacific, the holder of copyrights
to several adult gay motion pictures, including all the films of director
William Higgins (real name: George Fisher), learned that David Carter (real
name: David Beckmann), through a mail-order firm he had set up called Malibu
Video, was selling counterfeit copies of Laguna Pacific's copyrighted films at
prices far lower than those charged by Laguna Pacific. In December 1983, Laguna
Pacific filed a lawsuit in US District Court for the Central District of
California, in Los Angeles, against Carter for violation of copyright, unfair
competition, trade libel, and racketeering. In January 1984, Carter agreed to a
preliminary injunction enjoining him from continued sales of Laguna Pacific
films pending the outcome of the trial; a month later, Laguna Pacific agreed to
permit Carter to recommence sales of authentic copies of Laguna Pacific films.
However, in May and July 1984, Laguna Pacific discovered that Carter had
continued to ship counterfeit Laguna Pacific tapes, and had established a new
business, Universal Video, which continued the practices of Malibu Video. In
September 1984, the judge hearing the case found Carter in contempt of the
injunction of January 1984, and in February 1985, ordered him to pay Laguna
Pacific $103,112.19 damages, $17,062.23 in attorneys fees, and $2,687.50 costs.
The outcome of the case is not apparent from the records on hand, the last of
which are a series of depositions by David Carter in September 1985.
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