PAK Group to sue pr0n pirates

August 5, 2008 | 09:01

Tags: #anti-piracy #piracy #porn #pr0n #pron #sue #youtube

Companies: #pak-group

If you download music from shady sites you've got the RIAA to face; grab pre-release movies and the MPAA will want a word; but who defends the rights of the poor porn stars? PAK, that's who.

The PAK Group was formed in September last year by a selection of 'adult entertainment' producers sick of seeing their (ahem) hard work being distributed gratis on the 'net. According to DailyTech the group is now starting legal proceedings against the so-called 'tube' sites which offer to (excuse me) fill a gap left by the porn moratorium on YouTube. Offering instant-access streaming grot, the sites – which I will not be linking to, assuming that I even know the addresses – make revenue based on advertising on the pages. As many rights owners found with YouTube, the vast majority of content on such sites is there without the knowledge or permission of the original copyright holder.

The people behind the content aren't going to let a little thing like social decency or shame stop them proceeding against the purveyors of purloined porn, either: PAK founder Jason Tucker has announced that his anti-piracy group is shifting from its original intention to sue individual peer-to-peer file sharers and is now aiming firmly at the YouTube-alikes out there – which, it must be said, are a far more attractive target with bigger pockets should the judge find in favour of PAK Group. Speaking to porn periodical XBIZ – again, I'll refrain from linking – Tucker claimed that “the use of stolen content had become so pervasive that I couldn't surf the adult Internet without running into stolen copies of our images.” Instead of the nice, relaxing executive relief Tucker had come to expect of his nightly adventures on the “adult Internet”, he found the piracy “really put a damper on my late-night porn surfing [and] really upset me to no end. Instead of enjoying adult entertainment, I started to use those late-night hours to document thieves.

In order to keep his nightly soujourns sacrosanct, Tucker now relies on spidering software that hunts out content created by members of his cartel of coochie. With a lawsuit against a “major tube site” imminent, Tucker warns ne'er-do-wells that “we are coordinated. We are your affiliates, we are the guys you sit next to at industry dinners and the people that bump your posts on boards. Hiding is hard to do when we know what you look like, bro.

With Tucker claiming that he doesn't “see the problem with the end users [of pirated porn] as much as I do companies creating locations where the exploitation of stolen works in encouraged”, it looks like the PAK Group has finally accepted that litigation against end-users is both fruitless and actively damagaing to the very brand anti-piracy groups like PAK and the *AAs are set up to protect. Now if he can just spread the word...

Do you agree with Tucker's belief that the sticky subject of policing of 'adult entertainment' piracy is just as important as that of music and films, or should the adult industry stick their complaints where the sun doesn't shine? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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