If you use your computer or laptop for porn…and you know you do, then you are more than likely familiar with Reality Kings and their family of websites. Reality Kings is based out of Miami Beach and the home to sites : Milfhunter, Money Talks, In the VIP and 8th Street Latinas to only name a few of their 20+ sites.

It’s kind of funny that the hardcore porn itself is not what has the company under fire. It is the music in the background!!

Warner Bros. and a number of other record labels filed a lawsuit last week alleging copyright infringement citing porn videos that allegedly feature actors lip-synching to Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback” while engaging in sexual acts on camera. Damages claimed on the alleged nasty use of copyrighted music could run in the tens of millions of dollars.

Reality Kings specializes in a particular brand of adult entertainment where the adult “actors” perform sexual acts at exclusive night clubs and private parties. The record labels say there’s virtually no dialogue in these videos — instead, popular recordings playing in the background from artists like Timberlake, Michael Jackson and Katy Perry provide the “soundtrack” accompanying the sex on-screen. In a not so brilliant move, RK named their videos after the songs, and actors are encouraged to lip-sync to the lyrics (Sexy?!?).

Marc Randazza, the attorney for RK, says he plans to argue that the defendants’ use of music is “fair use” in this context.

“If you’re going to film in a live night club, you’re going to absorb some of the ambient sounds,” he says. “You are going to hear what the DJ is playing, and if someone can tell me how to shoot at a nightclub and police out the music in the background, I’m all ears.”

Randazza adds that RK respects intellectual property but would never make a claim against a reality TV show producer whose actors were shown watching RK porn. The record labels contend that the use of music was “deliberate and calculated.” They are seeking maximum penalties in the amount of $150,000 per claimed song infringement. The complaint lists hundreds of examples of infringements.

Although this particular case seems a bit more cut and dry as Reality Kings knew what they were doing and are marketing their material around the songs in their footage, where do we draw the line. This mania started with Napster, and carried over to the boom of YouTube. There is infringement everywhere. Ask yourself, what is the difference between two 13-year-old girls dancing and jumping around their bedroom to Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” and posting it on YouTube, and two 23-year-old girls having sex and having it filmed to Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback” and posting it on a porn site? The difference is, that I am going to masturbate to one of them regardless of the copyright infringement. Which video I will be pleasing myself to is up to your own sick interpretation……LOL!!

prma