by Mike Masnick
Mon, Sep 22nd 2008 1:04pm
MediaDefender, one of the companies that the entertainment industry uses to spoof files on file sharing networks and track down the IP addresses of file sharers has found its business to be in serious trouble lately -- and it appears that one quiet side aspect of its business is now being exposed as well. While the company tries to position itself on the side of good, claiming that it's fighting evil "pirates" and even helping law enforcement go after criminals, TorrentFreak has uncovered that the company has quietly been making a bunch of money by running some porn sites on the side, while also uploading files to file sharing networks pushing people to other porn sites, hoping to cash in on affiliate fees for getting people to sign up for porn subscriptions. It sounds as though everything the company is doing is perfectly legal, but it seems to tarnish the company's desired image in certain circles as being an upstanding citizen just trying to prevent piracy.
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