Media Protector to hunt porn pirates

Adult entertainment company Hustler is finding it hard to find users who are sharing their films or videos online, so they have gone to a third party to find the users sharing them... and that company is Media Protector.

In case you are new to the Media Protector news, they are a company that are hired out by Studios or Record Labels to go onto popular networks like BitTorrent, ed2k and others and collects the IP's of users who are sharing their material and thus reports them to the company. Media Protector then uses their lawyers to get the ISP to release the users details so they can pursue them with letters to pay a fine or they could face a long charge that could lead to court.

Media Protector Managing Director, Rainer Strassmeir, told Xbiz "We are working today with a lot of international rights-holders and leading production companies — including Hustler, the world's largest adult entertainment company — and have detected well over 200,000 copyright infringements in Germany alone", with so many video sharing sites now it will be very hard to catch people sharing the videos and remove them because delete off one and it will appear on another.

But Media Protector themselves aren't really that reliable after their evidence was called into question last year, when they accused a user using the ed2k network that he was uploading illegal content even though the program itself couldn't upload, the user eventually got compensation.

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Why? If you front the money for a company and you hire a staff to make a product... why exactly can you not profit from your finished product? I will agree that most so-called porn is bad (i.e. without artistic taste), but that is more a product of a repressed society and a lack of artistic direction than the potential for the market itself.

In case you are new to the Media Protector news, they are a company that are hired out by Studios or Record Labels to go onto popular networks like BitTorrent, ed2k and others and collects the IP's of users who are sharing their material and thus reports them to the company. Media Protector then uses their lawyers to get the ISP to release the users details so they can pursue them with letters to pay a fine or they could face a long charge that could lead to court.

Wouldn't the Data protection act prevent this from happening in the UK?

Shadrack said,
As if the porn industry wasn't already making a butt load off the Internet.

Was that a pun? lol

You make a good point Sazz, the moral aspect of this situation is... confusing.

That's why if I would be caught stealing pornography I would do all I can to have a public trial by jury. I doubt they would sympathize for Hustler.

Two problems:

First you're judging pornography as "wrong", which is isn't according to the law (and many people). You are also suggesting those involved in pornography do it for free, or apparently should, based on your moral views of the subject - which is silly.
Second, I'm sure juries would be specially told not to be swayed by the topic. The subject matter of the material is irrelevant to the case.

Kirkburn, what you said is right, I was just raising the point that it's a bit of a moral dilemma - for some would consider pornography as morally wrong (not necessarily illegal) as they would stealing.

By the same notion making movies (or news releases) about atheism and war would also be just as bad as erotica (visual, motion or spoken). One would be denying the word of a god and the other taking of life. I of course am in no way suggestion that religion necessarily plays a role in whether one would consider porn moral. However, I would conclude that it is a product of cultural relativism... in this case the cultural could be described as a segment of an individual's past experiences acting as a filter for their moral code. In other words, one man's porn (entertainment) is another man's catalyst for action (SIG against adult entertainment).

Oh yeah and what are they going to do? Sue every single one of those 200,000 people? Please. Give me a break. That's a lot of money to spend on lawyers and court.

LAMj said,
good thing some of their vids are on rapidshare

Exactly. Like I've always said. Rapidshare FTW. Also for the 1000 time I'm not referring to the suck monkey nuts free version. When I'm praising rapidshare I'm referring to the paid account.

It just feel a lot safer than bittorent. As far as I know nobody has been sued for downloading off rapidshare.

thats a very evil company!!!
how will a teenager explain to his parents that he has to pay huge fine or worse go go to court for porn :P