Archive for September 2010
Last week Lightspeed & Grooby filed suit against hundreds of bittorrent users who allegedly downloaded their porns.
It really saddens me to see this happening for a myriad of reasons.
First, let’s look at how well this worked for the RIAA. The RIAA spent $58 million suing file sharers over the span of 3 years and got just over 2% back. Has file sharing slowed down? Not a bit.
Do you think that the threat of being sued will stop someone from downloading porn? And more importantly, do you think that the threat of being sued will make someone decide to pay instead? Very unlikely, especially considering that free porn is not scarce. The sheer volume of it provides plenty of alternatives for anyone short on money and scared to hit up pirate bay.
More importantly are privacy issues.
The three companies now join a handful of other adult companies that have pledged to stomp out piracy. Adult studios Titan Media, Corbin Fisher and Michael Lucas Productions each have recently filed suits targeting swarms of John Doe bit torrent users.
In all of the legal cases, the companies have asked for motions to discover the identities of the defendants through their Internet service providers.
The biggest reason that porn exploded onto the internet is because people could view whatever they wanted in the privacy of their own home. No need to go to a local porn shop and hope no one sees you or feel awkward if the clerk looks at you funny when you place whatever kinky titles you chose on the counter. By finding out identities of people they may be able to shakedown a lot of people by offering a settlement. “We won’t tell the world with a lawsuit that you downloaded Truckstop Trannies 4 if you pay up $1000 now.” But, that kind of behavior will only serve to make consumers dislike the industry even more.
Recently, I have been looking for better ways to monetize AwfulPorn. The traffic to the site has been steadily growing and my hope is that it will gain a decent income source to make the time spent on it a little more worthwhile.
Unlike most review sites, the whole concept of the site is to tell people not to sign up for the porn sites it reviews. It does have a “good porn” section where I recommend a few great sites, but since the good porn section is not the focus of the site, it will never get me very many referrals.
I decided to explore some ad networks. The one I signed up for in particular had a lot of great reviews and indeed their interface and signup process was excellent. Also excellent is you get to filter out ads that you do not feel are appropriate for your website. I had a huge list of hundreds of ads in front of me to go through and in the end I had disabled at least 75% of them for the following reasons.
Penis growth products are an outright scam and prey on insecurities of men to make money and that same insecurity to guarantee that no one is likely to take them to court and say to a jury that they took a whole bottle of penis pills and still have a small penis.
Photoshopped Cum & Underage Girls
The hottest trend in the adult industry right now is “Ex Gf” sites. Unfortunately, a large percentage of them are stealing photos of underage girls on social networks and photoshopping cum on their faces for their tours. It is not child porn, but not only do I think that it is unethical to photoshop cum onto any persons face without approval, but extremely unethical to do it to children and then use them to sell access to porn.
I am a HUGE supporter of trademark and copyright reform. But I certainly believe that no one should be able to slap someone else’s logo on their product to make a sale. A popular theme for adult dating sites is to use the facebook logo or for porn tube sites to use the youtube logo. I can not in my right mind allow those ads to run. Especially since profiting from them could bring a C&D from a lawyer if the wrong person saw it.
What did this leave me with? A handful of cam sites, shitty CGI porn and some ebooks on how to fuck any woman you want.
Really? This is all the industry has to promote? All of that crap is the only thing making money?
Being an adult site leaves your options quite limited as no ad network advertising mainstream products will let your ads run on an adult site. Where can I find good decent adult products and services who are looking for some exposure? Are there any decent ad networks out there?