Why Are Gay Porn Producers So Quick To Get Involved In Shakedown Copyright Pre-Settlement Schemes?

from the hoping-people-pay-an-embarassment-tax? dept

Over in the UK, where firms like Davenport Lyons and ACS:Law made the whole mass "pre-settlement" letter "pay us or we'll sue your for infringement" practice popular, it seemed that many of their early customers were gay porn producers. And now, we're seeing something similar in the US. While US Copyright Group is getting lots of attention for bringing this sort of campaign to the US with some independent films, the gay porn producers are jumping into the game quickly.

In July, we noted that one such gay porn producer had filed a bunch of lawsuits for sharing films via BitTorrent, and now THREsq is reporting that litigious porn producer Io Group is also suing a bunch of John Does for the same thing. If Io sounds familiar, that's because they were also one of the first to sue a video site for infringement, in this case Veoh, in a lawsuit that Io lost.

Of course, with gay porn movie claims, the privacy questions for ISPs who received demands to turn over names associated with IP addresses becomes a bit trickier. One reason why gay porn producers may be drawn to these sorts of legal actions is because they're assuming that at least some of those they target may not be "out," and having it go public that they were being sued for accessing gay porn could present a bigger issue -- so they may be more likely to pay up quickly. But for ISPs, this also makes the privacy issues a lot clearer. I could definitely see some people turn around and sue ISPs right back for revealing their private info in these cases.

THREsq notes that many ISPs are getting sick of these pre-settlement schemes, but it's not yet clear how far they're willing to go to stand up for the privacy of their subscribers.
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Filed Under: copyright, gay porn, pre-settlement
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    austin, 29 Aug 2010 @ 1:45pm


    "It is estimated that one-third to one-half of the $2.5 billion adult industry is gay sales and rentals." Mickey Skee. 1997. "Tricks of the Trade." Frontiers 16 (August 22):43.

    Admittedly, that may be out of date, but it seems to jive with what I've seen of the industry.

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