The company behind YouPorn and PornHub, Manwin, has agreed to fund an anti-piracy outfit dedicated to bringing down ‘rogue’ cyberlockers and illicit file-sharing forums. Speaking with TorrentFreak, the Adult Content Industry United Foundation says they will be using the money to cut off funding to cyberlockers in the hope that hitting them in the pocket brings them to their knees. Manwin, owns YouPorn, PornHub, XTube, Tube8, ExtremeTube and SpankWire.
Just this week, we learned that the Adult Content Industry United Foundation has a familiar name in its sights – a cyberlocker called Oron. Among its other users, this file-hosting service is a favorite among uploaders of pornographic material and is used extensively by members of several adult-orientated file-sharing sites. ACIUF’s Madalina Manolache told TorrentFreak that they intend to put Oron out of business by cutting off the site’s revenue by restricting its ability to sell premium accounts. To this end ACIUF applied pressure to the CCBill payment processor. It worked, and then some.
“[CCBill] can no longer provide transaction services to businesses operating a file locker model,” said Gary Jackson, CCBill’s managing vice president. This week ACIUF stepped up the battle by going after Acquiro, Oron’s latest payment processor. ACIUF say that with support of Mastercard, Acquiro has now also withdrawn its services from Oron. Oron have reportedly already moved to a new company, but ACIUF say they will keep following them.
Not surprisingly, ACIUF’s Madalina Manolache sees a difference between Tube sites and cyberlockers like Oron.
“Oron indeed uses the excuse the (stolen) content is uploaded by their users and they have no control over what is uploaded,” she told TorrentFreak. “But the truth well-known by everyone is that they are paying those users (at least the big uploaders) for uploading the infringed content and asking money from others to download it; they are operating using a criminal business model. They are instigating users into uploading new and desired materials and they are doing it well – because they are paying good money.”
Also, on Wednesday adult studio Corbin Fisher filed a $34.8 million copyright infringement against the site and its operators.
Gay adult studio Corbin Fisher yesterday filed a $34.8 million copyright infringement against Oron and its operators, claiming the file locker site is cognizant of its role as a swap meet for pirated porn. The suit alleges at least 232 infringements of Corbin Fisher works were found on the site, which is ranked No. 935 for traffic, according to Alexa.
“Oron is not a legitimate file storage company and has no such characteristics,” the suit says. “Its website is a pornographic website which showcases images of an erotic nature to users of any age. ”Oron is cognizant of its role as the vehicle in which infringers act in concert with one another to copy and distribute huge amounts of infringing material.”
Named in the suit is parent company FF Magnat Ltd. and owner Maxim Bochenko, who also goes by the name Roman Romanov, as well as 500 John Does. Bochenko, the suit says, is the “guiding force behind Oron.com and is accused of being equally responsible for any and all offenses by Oron.com.”
LeaseWeb, the hosting provider who hosts MegaUpload, is also hosting oron.com and we found bestiality and kiddie porn on there and reported it to the Dutch police and little is done
It’s bitter that it takes American justice to take down an illegal operation in the Netherlands. Maybe this is because the Dutch entertainment industry is so tiny compared to the American one?
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