Pornhub

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Pornhub
Pornhub logo
TypePrivate
HeadquartersMontreal, Canada
No. of locationsGlobal on web, offices in:
Montreal, Canada
London, United Kingdom
San Francisco
Houston, Texas, U.S.
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Founder(s)Malcolm Flannigan
ServicesPornography
OwnerE.T. Bokep Inc.
WebsitePornhub.com
Alexa ranknegative increase 76 (January 2014)[1]
Type of sitePornographic video sharing
RegistrationOptional
Available inEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish
Launched24 May 2007
Current statusActive
 
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Pornhub
Pornhub logo
TypePrivate
HeadquartersMontreal, Canada
No. of locationsGlobal on web, offices in:
Montreal, Canada
London, United Kingdom
San Francisco
Houston, Texas, U.S.
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Founder(s)Malcolm Flannigan
ServicesPornography
OwnerE.T. Bokep Inc.
WebsitePornhub.com
Alexa ranknegative increase 76 (January 2014)[1]
Type of sitePornographic video sharing
RegistrationOptional
Available inEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish
Launched24 May 2007
Current statusActive

Pornhub is a pornographic video sharing website - the third largest porn video web site on the internet.[2] Launched in 2007 and based in Montreal, Canada, Pornhub is a free, ad-supported website, which allows its users to view professional pornography, in addition to amateur pornography. It is one of the most popular pornographic websites active.[citation needed] Pornhub also has offices and servers in San Francisco, California, Houston, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana and London, United Kingdom. In March 2010, Pornhub was bought by Manwin which owns numerous other porn websites.[3]

History[edit]

Viewers[edit]

As of 2009, three of the largest porn sites "RedTube, YouPorn and PornHub -- collectively only make up 100 million unique visitors.[4]

Copyright infringement claims[edit]

In 2010, Mansef Inc. and Interhub, the owners of Pornhub, were sued by the copyright holding company of the pornographic film production company Pink Visual, Ventura Content, for the copyright infringement of 95 videos on websites, including Pornhub, Keezmovies, Extremetube, and Tube8.[5] According to Ventura Content the 45 videos were streamed “tens of millions of times”[6] and they claimed the piracy threatened the "entire adult entertainment industry."[7] Porn 2.0 sites such as these are seen as posing notable competition for paid pornographic websites and traditional magazine and DVD-based pornography.[8][9][10]

Breast Cancer Fundraising[edit]

In 2012, the website launched a "Save the Boobs!" campaign for the month of October for breast cancer awareness and research. For every 30 large-breast or small-breast videos viewed, the website offered to donate a penny to breast cancer research.[11][12]

After the Susan G. Komen Foundation refused to be publicly associated with the effort, Pornhub announced that they would seek another breast cancer charity as beneficiary.[13]

Blocking[edit]

In 2011, European broadband provider TalkTalk (formerly Tiscali) received some criticism because its internet filter failed to block PornHub, for over a week. This was due to the issue of child internet safety.[2]

The Huffington Post explains that in 2013, "CBS...refused to air a short commercial for adult-themed site Pornhub during the Super Bowl on Sunday....The 20-second spot, which features an older couple sitting on a park bench (that's really all that happens), include[d] no explicit content".[14] It was rejected because the Federal Communications Commission could hold CBS liable for endorsing pornographic content.[14]

Celebrity content[edit]

XBIZ.com explains that according to TMZ, in 2011 "PornHub.com...sent to a letter to Vivid co-chairman Steven Hirsch offering $5 million for the rights to put the Kim Kardashian sex tape on its site for free".[15]

In 2010, Melissa Rivers, who was dating Steven Hirsch of Vivid Entertainment, was sent a letter by PornHub.com "asking her if she and her Porn King boyfriend are interested in filming a tape for them". Part of the letter's reasoning was that "[our audience] is very curious to see not only how a 'Porn King' performs, but what turns HIM on!" It added that "she is "a sexy Jewish American Princess, and to date, there has never been a celebrity sex tape that exploited this genre."

Earsucker.com noted that "PornHub offer[ed] Demi Lovato $100,000 for [an] alleged sex tape" in 2010.[16] The letter included passages such as the following:

We are stunned, yet very excited to hear rumors that there may be a possible sex tape of you floating around! Now that you have turned 18, there are a myriad of possibilities for a young girl like you to make a fortune in the adult entertainment business...Knowing that you have had a tumultuous year, we are hoping that we can spread our Holiday cheer this season by offering you $100,000 for your tape and full model release.

— PornHub[16]

In November 2013, Bellator MMA fighter War Machine along with his girlfriend Christy Mack started a verified account and began posting videos of them selves together under the account name WarMachineMMA.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pornhub.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Talk Talk fails to block Pornhub". The Inquirer. 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  3. ^ Buse, Uwe (2012-12-20). "Harnessing the Internet: The German Porn King's Revolutionary Model". der Spiegel. 
  4. ^ Lanxon, Nate (2009-05-22). "Twitter more popular than free porn: fact! | CNET UK". Crave.cnet.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  5. ^ Pardon, Rhett (Apr 5, 2010). "Brazzers Parent Calls Infringement Suit 'Fatally Defective'". XBIZ Newswire. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pink Visual sues tubes, charges Canadians with vag overfishing". 2010-02-16. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Chiang, Oliver (2010-02-17). ""Tube Sites" Threaten Porn Studios". Forbes. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Purveyors of porn scramble to keep up with Internet, USA Today, 5 June 2007
  9. ^ YouTube with fewer clothes, The Times, 19 June 2007
  10. ^ Official Pornhub Twitter
  11. ^ Brown, Eryn (2012-10-05). "Breast cancer awareness month gets fundraising boost from Pornhub". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  12. ^ "Is This the Worst Breast Cancer Month Idea Ever? - The Cut". New York. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  13. ^ "Pornhub.com Donates!". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Pornhub Super Bowl Commercial Rejected By CBS, Won't Air Despite SFW Content (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  15. ^ Sanford, John (2011-09-04). "Report: PornHub Wants to Buy Rights to Kim Kardashian Sex Tape - XBIZ Newswire". Newswire.xbiz.com. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  16. ^ a b "PornHub offers Demi Lovato $100,000 for alleged sex tape · earsucker". Earsucker.com. Retrieved 2013-05-23.