Porn producer sues YouTube knockoff*

I have to thank my good friends and colleagues of the First Amendment Lawyers Association for chatting about this trend setting story. In the recent wake of the Viacom lawsuit against YouTube, one of the larges adult entertainment content producers, Vivid Video, is suing the adult content YouTube equivalent, PornoTube, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday. (Read the article here).

At the core of the controversy, according to the article, is “just how hard a website must work to ensure that users don’t post videos belonging to someone else.” This was the same issue as presented in the Viacom lawsuit.

I firmly agree with the LA Times story that

The law on that matter is unsettled, attorneys said. YouTube and other sites have compromised with some mainstream producers, agreeing to split ad revenue generated while their clips are played.

In an era where internet distribution is becoming much more prevalent, it is important to protect the originators of the work. This notion goes for mainstream Hollywood or the adult entertainment industry.

*I have the LA Times to thank for that headline.

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