The subscription-based Web site was launched last month and claims to have footage of Hilton in a "sexy bubble bath" video and various shots of the 25-year-old socialite in "racy situations."
Hilton previously said she put her possessions in storage two years ago when she and her sister, Nicky, moved out of a house that had been burglarized. The lawsuit alleges two defendants paid $2,775 for the contents of the storage unit and later sold the items for $10 million to entrepreneur Bardia Persa, who created the Web site.
One would have thought Mr. Mintz had seen quite a lot in his day. On the copyright angle, which seems not to be a part of the case, naturally, sale of the iterms is covered by the first sale doctrine, but at least as to the diaries, I would think Paris retained the copyright as well as in any other photos or videos she took. Not having paid the subscription, I would still imagine much of the images were taken by others who then retain the copyright. And, after all, the first sale doctrine is not a limitation on the public performance right, even for such a very public performer.