Bad Porn Spurs Flynt V. Flynt
Hustler mogul sues to block nephews' use of his name on 'knock-off' smut
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2009 2:50 AM CST
Hustler magazine magnate Larry Flynt speaks during a news conference in Beverly Hills in 2007.    (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – Larry Flynt is taking his nephews to court to stop them from slapping the Flynt name on what he considers to be low-quality porn, reports the Los Angeles Times. The porn mogul accuses his kin of tarnishing his famous name with "inferior products" and "knock-off goods," while his nephews insist they have a right to use their own name.

Experts say the lawsuit raises tricky questions concerning an individual's right to use their name for business purposes and where trademark protection begins. The nephews—who worked for Flynt for more than a decade before he fired them for being unproductive—say their uncle just has "inferiority issues" and promise that their films will surpass anything Hustler's ever done.