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Sublicense Agreement - Entertainment Management Services Inc. and Club 2000 Eastern Avenue Inc.

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                              SUBLICENSE AGREEMENT

         THIS AGREEMENT made and entered into this 27th day of February, 2004,
by and between ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES, INC., a New York corporation
with its principal office at 533-535 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001 or
designee ("Licensor") and CLUB 2000 EASTERN AVENUE, INC. ("Licensee").

                              W I T N E S S E T H:

         WHEREAS, LICENSOR is the exclusive licensee of the SCORES trademarks
and related intellectual property listed on Exhibit A (the "Scores Trademarks")
and has the right to sublicense the same on the terms set forth herein; and

         WHEREAS, LICENSEE is the owner and operator of an adult-entertainment
night club located at 2000 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland (the "Location")
which desires to conduct business under the name "Scores Baltimore" (the
"Business") and

         WHEREAS, LICENSEE will hereby receive the right and license to use the
Scores Trademarks in connection with the operation of the Business, and the sale
of certain merchandise, for the Term (as defined below);

         NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the promises, covenants,
and agreements contained herein, and for other good and valuable consideration,
receipt of which is hereby acknowledged by both parties, the parties agree as

         1. LICENSE GRANT.

         (a) Business. Licensor hereby grants to Licensee and Licensee hereby
         accepts from Licensor, a nonexclusive (except as provided in
         subparagraph (c) below) license to use the Scores Trademarks during the
         Term in connection with the Business subject to the terms and
         conditions of this License Agreement. Licensor hereby grants to
         Licensee and Licensee hereby accepts from Licensor, an exclusive lease
         of, and license to the ScoresBaltimore.Com URL for the website for the

         (b) Merchandising. Licensor hereby grants to Licensee and Licensee
         hereby accepts from Licensor, on the terms and conditions set forth
         herein, a non-exclusive license during the Term to use the Scores
         Trademarks in connection with the retail sale of commercial
         merchandise, including teeshirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants, jackets,
         baseball hats, key rings, and other similar merchandise, all to be sold
         at and out of the Business including the right to sell any merchandise
         utilizing the Scores Trademarks relative to the Business over the
         Internet on a site maintained by the Business and by mail order,
         catalog or at any other location or in any other channel specific to
         the Business, provided further, that Licensee will purchase all
         merchandise from Licensor or Licensor's authorized affiliate at actual
         direct cost to Licensor or Licensor's authorized affiliate plus a 25%

         (c) Exclusivity. Licensor will not open any adult entertainment
         nightclub within a five (5) miles radius of the Location. Licensor will
         not license the Scores Trademarks to any person or entity (other than
         Licensee) for any purpose in Baltimore, Maryland.

         (d) No License Outside Baltimore. Licensee has no right to use the
         Scores trademarks other than as specifically authorized hereby, and in
         no location outside of Baltimore.

         2. ROYALTIES:

         (a) Amount. Beginning on the sixty first (61st) day of operation of the
         Business at the Location under the name "Scores Baltimore" and
         continuing until the expiration of the Term hereof (the "Royalty
         Period"), Licensee shall pay Licensor royalties (the "Royalties") for
         the license of the Scores Trademark hereunder as follows:

                  (i) For each week during the Royalty Period Licensee's weekly
                  Gross Revenue (as that term is defined below) is equal to or
                  less than $10,000, Licensee shall pay as Royalties to Licensor
                  the sum of $0.00; provided, however, that if Licensee's weekly
                  Gross Revenue does not exceed $10,000 for four (4) consecutive
                  weeks, Licensor may terminate this Agreement in its sole

                  (ii) For each week during the Royalty Period Licensee's weekly
                  Gross Revenue (as that term is defined below) is between
                  $10,001 and $20,000, inclusive, Licensee shall pay as
                  Royalties to Licensor the sum of $1,000.00.

                  (iii) For each week during the Royalty Period Licensee's
                  weekly Gross Revenue (as that term is defined below) is
                  greater than $20,000, Licensee shall pay as Royalties to
                  Licensor a sum equal to four and 99/100 percent (4.99%) of
                  such week's Gross Revenue.

         For purposes of this Agreement, Gross Revenues means 100% of Licensee's
         receipts received from the Business' operation, less all actual local
         sales taxes paid, amounts specifically designated by customers on
         credit card receipts as "tips for service," credit card discount fees,
         complementary food and beverage sales. Gross Revenues include all
         revenues from operation of the Business including, but not limited to,
         Liquor Revenue, Beer Revenue, Champagne Revenue, Shot Girl House Fees,
         Wine Revenue Non-Alcoholic Beverage Revenue, Food Revenue, Party
         Revenue, Admission Fees Club, Admission Fees Private Rooms, Room
         Rental, Humidor Revenue, Cigar Revenue, Cigarette Revenue, Candy
         Revenue, Novelty Revenue, Valet Revenue, Coat Check Revenue, Concession
         - Cigarette, Concession - Bathroom, Concession - Massage, Concession -
         Tarot, Dressing Room Rent, House Fees Entertainers, House Fees DJ's,
         House Fees Floor Manager, House Fees Service Personnel, Feature -
         Calendar, Feature - Novelty, Feature - Video, Feature - Cigar and
         Internet Revenue and will also include the fee charged to customers for
         the purchase of Diamond Dollars (R) and the fee paid by entertainers
         for cashing in Diamond Dollars

         (b) Merchandise Royalties. Any Merchandise purchased by Licensee from
         Licensor, or Licensor's authorized affiliate, shall be at actual direct
         cost to Licensor or Licensor's affiliate plus a 25% markup, unless
         otherwise agreed. Payment will be under Licensor's standard merchandise
         sale and payment terms.

         (c) Royalties Reports. During each month of the Term of this Agreement,
         Licensee shall furnish Licensor with two written reports (the
         "Royalties Reports"), the first describing all Gross Revenue during the
         first fifteen days of the month and the second describing all Gross
         Revenue during the two (2) remaining days of the month. The first
         Royalties Report shall be prepared and sent to Licensor not later than
         seven (7) days following the 15th day of the month and the second
         Royalties Report shall be prepared and sent no later than seven (7)
         days following the last day of each month. Royalties Reports will be
         adjusted on a quarterly basis (if necessary), not later than ten (10)
         days after each calendar quarter period ending in March, June,
         September and December of each year.

         (d) Royalties Payment. Payment of Royalties due under this Paragraph
         shall be made within ten (10) days of the issuance of each Royalties
         Report set forth above.

         3. APPROVAL BY LICENSOR. In order to preserve the value, goodwill and
         reputation of the Scores Trademarks, Licensee and Licensor shall
         consult each other during the Term hereof with regard to any marketing,
         advertising or promotional activities pursuant to the Business and
         Licensor will have the right to approve all advertisements,
         promotional, marketing and other similar materials, including but not
         limited to the images and format of Diamond Dollars (R) for the
         Location. Furthermore, prior to releasing or using any promotional,
         marketing, advertising or other similar materials which have not been
         approved by Licensor in the twenty-four (24) month period preceding the
         proposed use or in the event Licensee intends to utilize any such
         materials which have been used in the past 24 months but intends to do
         so in a media not used by Licensor in the 24-month period preceding the
         proposed use, Licensee shall first obtain the prior written consent of
         Licensor for such use, which shall not be unreasonable withheld. In
         connection with obtaining such consent, Licensee shall send copies of
         all materials and media for the proposed use so that Licensor can
         thoroughly evaluate the proposed use. Licensor agrees to inform the
         Licensee of its decision regarding any approvals within twenty four
         (24) hours of receiving all materials and media for approval. Licensor
         will also have approval over the general use of the Scores Trademark in
         connection with the Business so as to preserve the value, goodwill and
         reputation of the Scores Trademarks, which approval shall not be
         unreasonably withheld.

         responsible for the compliance with all applicable laws and safety
         standards regarding the operation of the Business, the Location, other
         licensed locations and the use of the Scores Trademarks herein.
         Licensor's approval of submissions pursuant to Paragraph 3 above in no
         way affects, alters, diminishes or waives Licensee's obligations
         hereunder or under Licensee's obligation to indemnify Licensor as set
         forth herein below.

         5. BOOKS AND RECORDS. Licensee shall, for a minimum of three (3) years
         from their rendition, keep full and accurate books of account, records,
         data and memoranda representing Licensee's sales. Licensee further
         gives Licensor the right, at its own cost and expense, to examine said
         books and records on reasonable notice, such examination to be
         conducted in such a manner as to not unreasonably interfere with the
         business of Licensee. Licensee shall reasonably cooperate with Licensor
         i n the. event the owner of the Scores Trademarks requests an audit.
         Licensor or its representatives shall not disclose to any other person,
         firm, or corporation any information acquired as a result of any
         examination, provided, however, that nothing contained herein shall be
         construed to prevent Licensor and/or its duly authorized
         representatives from using or disclosing said information in any court,
         arbitration, or other action instituted to enforce the rights of
         Licensor hereunder.


         (a) All copyrights, trademarks and/or patents in the Scores Trademarks
         and related intellectual property belong solely to Licensor and are
         within the scope of the license granted herein. Upon termination of
         this Agreement all intellectual property rights and rights granted
         herein in the Scores Trademarks immediately revert to Licensor or the
         owner of the Scores Trademarks and Licensee agrees to return to
         Licensor all original artwork, models, samples, prototypes, renderings
         and drawings incorporating the Scores Trademarks. All use by Licensee
         of the intellectual property rights of the Scores Trademarks shall
         inure to the sole benefit of Licensor and the owner of the Scores
         Trademarks. Licensee shall execute any and all documents necessary to
         confirm said reversions of rights and hereby appoints Licensor its
         attorney-in-fact to execute any such documents in the event Licensee is
         unwilling or unable to do so. Licensee acknowledges the exclusive
         ownership of all intellectual property rights in and to the Scores
         Trademarks by the owner of the Scores Trademarks and will not take any
         action to interfere with or challenge said ownership, including but not
         limited to registering or attempting to register the same or similar
         marks or properties anywhere in the World, nor commence or participate
         in cancellation or opposition proceedings.

         7. WARRANTY.

         (a) Licensor hereby warrants that the granting of the license hereunder
         or the subsequent commercial exploitation of the license does not
         violate the intellectual property or contract rights of any third
         party. Licensor further warrants that it has not intentionally violated
         the rights of any third party in granting Licensee this license.

         (b) Licensee hereby warrants that any goods sold by it bearing the
         Scores Trademarks and each component thereof shall be of good quality
         and free of defects in design, materials, workmanship and shall comply
         with all applicable laws and safety standards.

         8. OFFENSIVE LITIGATION. Licensee agrees to give Licensor prompt
         notification of any third party's actions which would constitute an
         infringement of the rights granted to it by this Agreement. Licensor
         shall prosecute, at its own discretion, infringement actions against
         any third party infringers and any recoveries obtained therein shall
         belong exclusively to Licensor. Licensee shall, at Licensor's expense,
         cooperate in all respects with Licensor's prosecution of said suits,
         including but not limited to being named as a party in any such suit,
         producing documents, appearing as witnesses, etc.


         (a) Licensor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Licensee from and
         against any and all damage, loss, and expense incurred as a result of
         the breach of any of Licensor's warranties herein. This indemnification
         shall become operative only after a final judgment, order or decree is
         issued which contains a finding that Licensor infringed upon the rights
         of a third party.

         (b) Licensee agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Licensor,
         its agents and employees from and against any and all loss and expense
         arising out of any claims of personal injury, product liability,
         wrongful death, negligence, strict liability or other similar action,
         in addition to the breach of any of its warranties hereunder or the
         violation of any applicable law or safety standard based on the use of
         the Scores Trademarks by or on behalf of Licensee and/or its
         subsidiary, affiliated, controlled company. Licensee shall maintain, at
         its sole cost and expense, premises liability, liquor liability,
         workman's compensation (in the amount required by the State of
         Maryland), plate glass insurance (as per Licensee's lease), commercial
         liability coverage and other customary insurance. The premises,
         commercial, and liquor policies must provide coverage of at least
         $1,000,000/$1,000,000, naming Licensor as an additional insured, and
         providing that such policy cannot be canceled without thirty (30) days
         prior written notice to Licensor. In the event any claim is made
         against Licensor in excess of the limits of Licensee's insurance set
         forth above, Licensor may, at Licensee's expense, retain counsel of its
         own choosing to defend said claims. All insurance shall be primary and
         not contributory. Licensee agrees to provide Licensor with a copy of
         the insurance declarations and/or certificates within 20 days following
         the date of this Agreement.

         10. TERMINATION.

         (a) In case either party fails to perform under or commits or allows to
         be committed a breach of any of the several covenants and conditions
         herein contained, the other party shall notify such party in writing of
         such failure or default and such party shall then have the right to
         remedy such failure or default within thirty (30) days. If the default
         has not been cured within said thirty (30) days of notice to the
         defaulting party, then the aggrieved party may terminate this Agreement
         immediately by a further notice in writing. If Licensor shall send
         notice of default to Licensee based on a failure to pay royalties, then
         Licensee shall cure such default within ten (10) days of notice.

         (b) Any termination under this paragraph will be without prejudice to
         the rights and remedies of either party with respect to any provisions
         or covenants arising out of breaches committed prior to such

         (c) If a petition in bankruptcy is filed by or against Licensee, or
         Licensee becomes insolvent, or makes an assignment for the benefit of
         creditors, or any other arrangement pursuant to any bankruptcy law, or
         if Licensee discontinues, its business or if a receiver is appointed
         for it or its business, to the fullest extent permitted by law at the
         time of the occurrence, the license hereby granted shall automatically
         terminate without any notice whatsoever being necessary. In the event
         this License is so terminated, Licensee, its receivers,
         representatives, trustees, agents, administrators, successors, and/or
         assigns shall have no right to sell, use, exploit or in any way deal
         with or in the Scores Trademarks or anything relating to it whatsoever
         except with and under the special consent and instructions of Licensor
         in writing, which they shall be obliged to follow.

         (d) Upon cessation of all business operations by the Licensee at the
         Location for a period of greater than one hundred eighty (180) days for
         any reason other than Force Majeure, this Agreement shall automatically

         11. TERM.

         Subject to Paragraph 10, the Term of this Agreement shall commence on
         the date first written above and will continue for a period of ten (10)
         years. Provided that Licensee is not then in default of any of the
         provisions of this Agreement, Licensee shall have and is hereby granted
         the option to renew the term of this Agreement for two (2) additional
         periods of five (5) years each. In each instance, the option to renew
         shall be exercisable by Licensee giving written notice of thee exercise
         of such option to Licensor at least three (3) months prior to the
         expiration of the then current term or option period of this Agreement.


         12. REPRESENTATION.

         It is expressly agreed and understood that neither party hereto is the
         agent or legal representative of the other and neither party has the
         authority, express or implied to bind the other or pledge its credit.
         This Agreement does not create a partnership or joint venture between
         the two parties.

         13. FORCE MAJEURE.

         It is understood and agreed that in the event of an act of the
         government, war, fire, flood or other natural disaster, or labor or
         manufacturing strikes which prevent the performance of this Agreement,
         such nonperformance will not be considered a breach of this Agreement,
         and such nonperformance shall be excused while, but not longer than,
         the conditions described herein prevail. The period of Force Majeure
         shall not exceed twelve (12) months.

         14. NOTICES.

         All notices, whenever required in this Agreement, will be in writing
         and sent by certified mail, return receipt requested to the addresses
         set forth above. Notices will be deemed to have been given two business
         days following mailing. A copy of all notices to Licensor shall be sent
         via regular mail to:

         15. CONTROLLING LAW.

         This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the
         State of New York, United States of America and jurisdiction over the
         parties and subject matter over any controversy arising hereunder shall
         be in the Courts of the State of New York, County of York or the
         Federal courts therein. Both parties hereby irrevocably consent to said
         jurisdiction and venue.

         16. ASSIGNMENT.

         This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the
         parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns,
         but neither this Agreement, nor any of the rights, interests or
         obligations hereunder shall be assigned by Licensee without the prior
         written consent of Licensor, and any attempts to do so without the
         consent of Licensor shall be void and of no effect.


         Licensee will not transfer a majority or controlling interest to any
         other person or entity. This Sublicense Agreement is not transferable
         to any other person or entity without the express written consent of

         18. ENTIRE AGREEMENT.

         This writing constitutes the entire agreement and understanding between
         the parties. No other oral or written agreements or representations
         exist or are being relied upon by either party, all being merged
         herein. Any modifications or additions hereto must be made in writing
         and signed by both parties.

         19. MISCELLANEOUS.

         (a) The paragraph headings used herein are for reference purposes only
         and do not effect the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement. If
         any provisions of this Agreement are for any reason declared to be
         invalid or illegal, the remaining provisions shall not be affected

         (b) The failure of either party to enforce any or all of its rights
         hereunder as they accrue shall not be deemed a waiver of those rights,
         all of which are expressly reserved.

         (c) This Agreement may be executed in more than one counterpart, all of
         which shall be deemed to be originals.


         (a) In order to induce Licensor to enter into this Agreement and to
         secure the complete and timely performance of Licensee's obligations
         hereunder, Licensee hereby grants to Licensor a security interest in
         the license granted under this Agreement as well as Licensee's
         receivables in connection therewith. In the event Licensee defaults
         under this license and Agreement, Licensor may enforce against Licensee
         all the rights and remedies of a secured creditor upon default under
         all applicable laws. In the event Licensee files for bankruptcy under
         the U.S. Bankruptcy laws, Licensor may enforce all rights and remedies
         of a secured creditor under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

         (b) Licensee agrees to execute any and all documents necessary to
         perfect Licensor's security interest in this license including, but not
         limited to, Financing Statement Form UCC-1 and any other security
         agreements and financing statements evidencing said security interests
         in such form as may be recorded and perfected according to the laws of
         the State of New York and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement of Seven (7)
pages as of the date first written above.

                                       CLUB 2000 EASTERN AVENUE, INC.


                                       ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, INC.