Thursday, October 28, 2010

Porn Pirates Beware!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Law and Disorder brings us a legal tidbit we missed earlier this month:

The film and music businesses couldn't stop file-sharing, but the porn industry has a plan to drive piracy into the shadows in 15 months or less. Can DogFart, Lords of Porn, and Naughty Bank succeed where others have failed?

They certainly hope so. To that end, a company called Pink Visual rounded up a huge collection of porn studios and lawyers for a "content protection retreat" (CPR) in Tucson last week, one designed to get the industry working together on an anti-P2P strategy. CPR was designed to "revive" the business, and backers hope hope they can "significantly reduce digital piracy of adult content and to effectively drive those who engage in adult content piracy completely underground by January 2012."

The plan? Lawsuits against porn pirates:

But when it comes to suing end users, porn studios are as divided as every other content industry. We've seen numerous studios sue thousands of anonymous Does over the last few months, apparently taking a cue from the US Copyright Group's 14,000+ lawsuits against indie film pirates. Several of the companies involved in this new wave of litigation were at the CPR event, but others believe it's simply counterproductive to sue fans and have refused to do so.

Such lawsuits have had limited success when it comes to music and movies, but pornographers might be in a better position to coax people into settling quickly for a few thousand dollars. As Pink Visual president Allison Vivas told the Agence France Presse in September, "It seems like it will be quite embarrassing for whichever user ends up in a lawsuit about using a popular shemale title. When it comes to private sexual fantasies and fetishes, going public is probably not worth the risk that these torrent and peer-to-peer users are taking."

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