Porn industry unites to find pirates

The famously fragmented porn industry has formed an alliance to gang up on pirates.

The move comes on the face of huge losses of cash to online porn pirates. According to AFP studios are collaborating on lawsuits targeting people who share digitised adult videos at peer-to-peer networks.

The effort is being organised by Pink Visual which is rallying dozens of adult entertainment studio operators at an unprecedented Content Protection Retreat in Arizona in October to train in ways to combat piracy and defend intellectual property.

The head of Lightspeed Studio, Steve Lightspeed, said that it was an industry joke that none of them could agree where to go for lunch, but this is getting big and they are ready to put aside the egos and pull together.

Initially the internet was a boon for porn producers by allowing videos or images to be discreetly viewed on home computers.

However now it has got on top of the adult industry.

Pink president Allison Vivas said that in the good old days people were willing to pay top dollar for porn, now it looks like the majority of users think adult content is free.

Larry Flynt Publications sued 635 individuals in a court in Texas on September 20 in the company’s first suit aimed at users of BitTorrent sites – and vowed many more such suits were to come.

Suits threaten to expose names of accused porn pirates as part of the legal process, and that alone might prove a deterrent.