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A Utah company is embroiled in a legal battle over distribution rights to a movie titled "Nude Nuns With Big Guns" and the right to sue thousands of people for illegally downloading the film about a beautiful nun who seeks violent revenge on attackers.
Incentive Capital LLC has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Salt Lake City and intervened in a Los Angeles lawsuit asking that it be designated the owner of distribution rights to "Nude Nuns" and other films that were collateral on a loan to a California company, Camelot Entertainment Group.
Incentive Capital says that Camelot Distribution Group, a company related to Camelot Entertainment, improperly brought a lawsuit earlier this year in California against 5,865 unnamed people who it claims illegally downloaded the movie.
Incentive says it has the right to collect any damages from those who illegally downloaded the film because it now owns the rights to the movie under the loan agreement on which it says Camelot defaulted.
The film was released in 2010 after its production by a company called Freak Show Entertainment, according to the Internet Movie Database. It stars Tawny Amber Young, who is described as a "luscious and voluptuous brunette knockout."
The story line involves a nun named Sister Sarah who "is abused, brainwashed and drugged into submission by the corrupt clergy. On the verge of death from a lethal dose of drugs, Sister Sarah receives a message from God telling her to take vengeance on all those who did her wrong. Armed with God's will and an arsenal of big guns, she dispenses Judgment Day on her former tormentors."
Lawsuit documents list Incentive Capital as a Utah County limited liability company whose members are James Mecham and Patrick Hansen.
State corporate registration records list two of its members at the law firm of Pia Anderson Dorius Reynard Moss. Joseph G. Pia, who is listed in state records as manager of the company and also in court records as the attorney on the Utah suit, did not return a phone call and email seeking information.
In April 2010 Incentive Capital loaned $650,000 to the Camelot Film Group, another Camelot company, which pledged its film library as collateral, including "Nude Nuns," the lawsuits claim.
Camelot defaulted on the terms of the loan, a foreclosure sale was held and Incentive Capital says it now owns the films, the company claims in its lawsuit.
But Camelot Distribution Group in March filed the copyright infringement lawsuit in Los Angeles over the illegal downloads, and Incentive is asking a federal judge here to help enforce the terms of its loan and award it movie distribution rights and other damages.
A Camelot attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment. But in February, Camelot Entertainment filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against Incentive Capital, saying it had fulfilled the terms of the loan and that Incentive had improperly foreclosed on the collateral.
In the case against the 5,865 unnamed people said to have illegally downloaded "Naked Nuns," the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which says it is a defender of Internet freedom, has intervened and given permission to file briefs. Pia also has intervened in that case to argue it holds rights to the movie.
Films Incentive Capital claims ownership ofinclude:
"Screwball: the Ted Whitfield Story"
"One Lucky Dog"
"Never Sleep Again"
"Nude Nuns With Guns"
"National Lampoons Dirty Movie"
"Who is KK Downey"
"Next of Kin"
Source: Federal court records