stories about: "vivid"
by Mike Masnick
Fri, Feb 15th 2008 8:37am
We've seen all sorts of ridiculous things get blamed on Google and Yahoo, but I never thought I'd see this. An executive at an adult entertainment company is now blaming Google and Yahoo for not doing enough to stop kids from seeing porn. He claims that it's all for the sake of protecting the children. Fascinating. If he's so concerned about children accessing porn perhaps he should, I don't know... stop making it? Just a thought.
by Mike Masnick
Tue, Dec 11th 2007 6:49pm
from the this-sounds-familiar,-doesn't-it... dept
We all know that Viacom is suing YouTube, claiming that the online video hosting site is infringing its copryrights. However, it looks like a very similar case is happening over in the adult entertainment world, as Vivid, a top adult entertainment video producer, is suing PornoTube, a YouTube clone that focuses (of course) on pornographic videos. The argument is basically the same. PornoTube claims that it's protected by safe harbors and that it's only the service provider and should have no liability. Vivid claims that PornoTube crosses the line and encourages the uploading of unauthorized materials (sound familiar?). To make this case a little more confusing, there are some additional laws covering the producers of pornographic materials, and Vivid points out that PornoTube is not abiding by them, such as the requirement that the producer keep age records of all performers. To be fair, that particular aspect of the law has recently been tossed out, but just in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Either way, this lawsuit should basically follow the same path as the Viacom/YouTube one, as the situation and the arguments are likely to be nearly identical.