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Since it began here 15 years ago as a small beach party where a wooden effigy was burned for no particular reason, the annual Burning Man Festival has grown to an eight-day event in the Nevada desert with 25, participants. Some of them take their clothes off, and therein lies a problem.
The festival, which is heavy with Bay Area techies, markets itself as an nudest and cultural happening encouraging ''radical self-expression. Festival organizers say the 12 videos, totaling 27 hours, zero in on breasts and genitals and include many scenes of participants surreptitiously taped while changing their clothes or in other intimate situations at their private campsites.
The festival says concerned participants keep calling or festivals e-mail messages, wondering how the videotapes came to be and worrying that they might be sex them. In a complaint filed on Monday animation closeup pussy pic Federal District Court here, the organizers accuse Voyeur Video, based in Los Angeles, of trespass, invasion of privacy and publication of nudest facts, among other offenses.
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A hearing on the suit, which seeks an injunction against distribution of the videos, is set for Aug. While videotaping for personal use is allowed at the festival, sex and commercial filmmakers must seek permission to record the events, the organizers said.
Requests are often turned down, as was Voyeur Video's inthe festivals after the organizers, having discovered that Voyeur had already been selling the videos for two years, threatened a lawsuit, said Marian Goodell, director of communications for the festival. Goodell said. Voyeur Video calls itself ''a news company that reports on adult parties where people get naked and naughty.
Ford said. Burning Man officials say that until the threat of a sex inVoyeur Video used the festival's name.
The videos then became known as tapes of something called the Rainbow Fire Festival, though Burning Man's name is still listed in the credits. Precisely because some participants engage in exhibitionism, Burning Man is especially strict about media and commercial filmmakers' videotaping the festivities, Ms.
Voyeur Video did not obtain the videos lawfully. They also violated a contractual agreement,'' by ignoring a commercial-photography ban printed on each ticket for admittance.
Festivals festival participants, who include an nudest of high-achieving technology workers, media professionals and academics the largest age group is 30 to 39, with a great number of participants in their 20's and 40's as wellcount on Burning Man to protect them from exploitation, Ms.
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