French Porn Execs: Ignore Piracy, Focus On Quality; Japanese Porn Execs: Sue Everyone

from the a-bit-of-a-split dept

It seems that the porn world has had a "love/hate" affair with file sharing. Over the years, we've seen stories of porn film makers embracing piracy to their advantage, and others complaining about it. It's really not all that different than the rest of the entertainment industry. So, it should come as no surprise that different porn execs are responding quite differently in two recent stories. First, comes the news that Japanese porn film producers are looking to sue 65,000 people in South Korea for uploading. That's about double the number of people that the RIAA sued in the US for uploading. Wow.

Meanwhile, reader PrometheeFeu alerts us to quite a different story in France, where industry execs are taking a much more reasonable view on things (article in French, translation provided by PrometheeFeu). The execs admit that it doesn't make sense to try to keep things from users:
"Today all of our new productions simultaneously come out in DVD, download and streaming on our website and on our partner's VOD platforms. Back then, we looked at the music market as an example of what not to do and how to react"
And they know piracy happens, but they figure that it's just a part of the market, and you can't blame people (or sue people) for file sharing:
"If you leave unattended a bag of candy and some children, they will not understand why you punish them for eating the candy. Illegal files are 3 clicks away for just about anyone. It's normal that consumers will take advantage of those."
But, they're figuring out ways to compete, by focusing on high quality, high-end material:
"Of course, the large majority of free and illegal content is low-end. [...] The public rejects this mass of identical video. Whatever small amount of high end content obviously stands out."
The producers in Japan might want to visit France for a lesson on how this works.


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    Dark Helmet (profile), Sep 15th, 2009 @ 2:31pm

    Directions?

    "It seems that the porn world has had a "love/hate" affair with file sharing"

    Okay, topic aside, I have to know....where is this Porn World and how do I get there? It sounds wonderful....

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Sep 15th, 2009 @ 2:34pm

    Re: Directions?

    *shrugs* A quick google search turns up several variations on that name, but no such site.

    Hold on, I need to go purchase a domain name...

     

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    Yakko Warner, Sep 15th, 2009 @ 2:38pm

    Some strive for quality...

     

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    Lucretious, Sep 15th, 2009 @ 2:42pm

    don't blame Japan, you know how much a porn actress needs to be paid in order to have someone defacate in her face?

     

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    Alan Gerow (profile), Sep 15th, 2009 @ 2:55pm

    Re: Directions?

    Take a left at Planet Vespa, go 800,000 parsecs, hang a right at Vagitopia (might as well stop there on the way back, if you know what I mean *nudgenudgewinkwink*), then keep going for another 1,200,00 parsecs, and it's the planet behind the 18,000 space billboards.

    Be careful, though. I tried to go there and ended up in a wormhole that dropped me off at poop fetish planet ... and I did not have a good time at all.

     

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    Chucklebutte (profile), Sep 15th, 2009 @ 2:56pm

    Kinda funny...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8257720.stm

    Found this moments after reading this post lol silly French.

     

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    Bob, Sep 15th, 2009 @ 2:57pm

    Once again porn leads the way...

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Sep 15th, 2009 @ 3:01pm

    Re: Re: Directions?

    Ooooh, reference foul...Planet Vespa....Judges?

    Oh, no, I'm sorry, that would be Planet Druidia.

    Great. Just what we need. A Druish princess.

    Funny, she doesn't LOOK Druish....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 15th, 2009 @ 3:04pm

    French porn for everyone!!

    I'll keep that in mind when buying :O

     

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    Alan Gerow (profile), Sep 15th, 2009 @ 3:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: Directions?

    DAMNIT! Cultural reference fail on me!

    I mean ...

    Planet Vespa is a DIFFERENT planet than Planet Druidia, obviously.

    *shifty eyes*

     

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    jjmsan (profile), Sep 15th, 2009 @ 3:58pm

    There was all that controversy over that Japanese fetish game so this may be a reaction to that. The Japanese hetai publishers blocked all links that were not from Japan right after that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 15th, 2009 @ 4:16pm

    Re: Re: Directions?

    What you didn't just type in pornworld.com ?

     

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    Tomoyo, Sep 15th, 2009 @ 4:33pm

    Ugh.

    Who even wants Japanese porn? All the good parts are censored!

     

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    Lucretious, Sep 15th, 2009 @ 6:21pm

    Re: Kinda funny...

    France.....LOL

     

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    Another AC, Sep 16th, 2009 @ 5:18am

    Re: Ugh.

    Thats what I was thinking, I would be mad too if I had to pixelize all the juicy bits.

     

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    Val, Sep 23rd, 2009 @ 8:39pm

    ....
    I totally agree with that.

     

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