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Type Private
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec, Canada
No. of locations Global on web, offices in:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
London, United Kingdom
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Houston, Texas, U.S.
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Founder(s) Malcolm Flannigan
Services Pornography
Owner MindGeek
Alexa rank 85 (April 2014)[1]
Type of site Pornographic video sharing
Registration Optional
Available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish
Launched 24 May 2007
Current status Active

Pornhub is a pornographic video sharing website - possibly the largest porn video web site on the internet.[2] Launched in 2007 and based in Montreal, Quebec, Pornhub is a free, ad-supported website, which allows its users to view professional pornography, in addition to amateur pornography. 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]



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

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

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] They ended up donating $75,000 to various organizations including the Eileen Stein Jacoby Fund and Cancer Sucks Inc.[14]


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".[15] It was rejected because the Federal Communications Commission could hold CBS liable for endorsing pornographic content.[15]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  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". 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. ^ " Donates!". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Pornhub Triples Donation for October’s 'Save the Boobs' Campaign", AVN News, 2012-11-19, retrieved 2014-02-25 
  15. ^ 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.