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Porn Piracy Soaring, Says Variety

Porn Piracy Soaring, Says <i>Variety</i>

A major article in today’s edition of mainstream trade publication Variety addressed the rampancy of porn pirating and what’s being done to stem it.

The article said that piracy in the porn business has reached “epidemic proportions” and that as much as 20 percent –30 percent of top companies Wicked and Vivid’s annual revenues go lost due to the felonious practice.

Interestingly, however, it was suggested that many porn producers could care less about the piracy issue, as they’re making so much money, it doesn’t affect them.

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Nectar Entertainment CEO Sean Logan was quoted as saying, “If someone’s stealing my stuff, I see it as great PR and great marketing.”

Aside from the highest-end companies like Vivid, Wicked and Digital Playground, it was stated that most companies are concerned primarily with “flooding the marketplace with titles of dubious quality,” and that those companies “have little interest in slowing the process to add encryption, much less in complaining if someone steals a copy.”

Meanwhile, the article pointed out that porn pirates are breaking not only copyright laws, but compliance ones also — in other words, they have no proof of the age of the performers in the videos they’re stealing, a requirement of U.S. code 18 USC 2257.

As to what’s being done to put a stop to the problem, two fronts were mentioned: It was stated that Wicked and VCA executives have met with a digital content security firm called Cryptography Research, and also that there is an organization in Australia known as the Adult Industry Copyright Organization that’s dedicated to fighting porn piracy there.

The final message, however, was that porn producers are their own worst enemies when it comes to fighting piracy. Club Jenna president Jay Grdina was quoted as saying, “It’s hard to get these people together on anything. Some of them have no business sense or ethics.”

Aside from the highest-end companies like Vivid, Wicked and Digital Playground, it was stated that most companies are concerned primarily with “flooding the marketplace with titles of dubious quality,” and that those companies “have little interest in slowing the process to add encryption, much less in complaining if someone steals a copy.”

Meanwhile, the article pointed out that porn pirates are breaking not only copyright laws, but compliance ones also — in other words, they have no proof of the age of the performers in the videos they’re stealing, a requirement of U.S. code 18 USC 2257.

As to what’s being done to put a stop to the problem, two fronts were mentioned: It was stated that Wicked and VCA executives have met with a digital content security firm called Cryptography Research, and also that there is an organization in Australia known as the Adult Industry Copyright Organization that’s dedicated to fighting porn piracy there.

The final message, however, was that porn producers are their own worst enemies when it comes to fighting piracy. Club Jenna president Jay Grdina was quoted as saying, “It’s hard to get these people together on anything. Some of them have no business sense or ethics.”






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