Few industries have felt the same pushback as SexTech. It seems that no matter how valuable, unique, or innovative a product or service is—involving SexTech in the equation inspires prudes to throw up roadblocks. The SexTech industry is resilient and made up of passionate designers, creatives, marketers, and others who simply aren’t willing to take No for an answer. That has led to some fun an...
When it comes to adult content, piracy takes money directly from the hands of creators. Piracy is a crime just like most types of theft, but until recently, enforcement of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act was limited in the US. That could be coming to an end.
SexTech Guide explains that US law enforcement is limited in what action they can take in the theft of digital content—even if it was stolen from entities in the United States. A recent case involving alleged Russian pirate Tofig Kurbanov may change that. Kurbanov owned several stream-ripping websites, the servers for which were in Russia. Because of this, the filing argued that the US had no jurisdiction to pursue the alleged crime.
Appeals court judge Roger Gregory ruled, however, that because the sites used US ad brokers, there was reason to link the Russians sites to the US. Until now, companies exercised carte blanche to stream-rip video content so long as their servers were not in the US. The ruling is a published opinion, which means it can be cited in future relevant cases.
Whether this is good news or bad news for adult content sites depends on their business model. Those who routinely create and upload new content will be pleased to have recourse if their work is stolen and disseminated elsewhere. But a site like Porn.com, whose model is stream-ripping content and sharing it as their own—has a lot to lose.
Most pleased by the ruling will surely be those whose work has been stolen and displayed without their knowledge or consent. Pornographic content creators have good reason to want to maintain control over their content and deserve a chance to claim royalties, have content removed, or otherwise pursue action against digital content thieves. This ruling may provide them with opportunities to accomplish exactly that.