Pornhub

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Pornhub
Type Private
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Services Pornography
Owner MindGeek
Website Pornhub.com
Alexa rank 79 (June 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, part of the Pornhub NETWORK campaign, is a pornographic video sharing website and the largest porn site on the internet.[2][3] 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 MindGeek (formerly Manwin), which owns numerous other porn websites.[4]

History

Viewers

As of 2009, three of the largest porn sites "RedTube, YouPorn and PornHub -- collectively make up 100 million unique visitors".[5]

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.[6] According to Ventura Content the 45 videos were streamed “tens of millions of times”[7] and they claimed the piracy threatened the "entire adult entertainment industry."[8] Porn 2.0 sites such as these are seen as posing notable competition for paid pornographic websites and traditional magazine and DVD-based pornography.[9][10][11]

Blocking

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".[12] It was rejected because the Federal Communications Commission could hold CBS liable for endorsing pornographic content.[12]

Recent events

In 2014, Pornhub told its viewers to stop uploading footage from Brazil's defeat to Germany at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with sexual innuendo titles.[13]

Malvertising

Main article: Malvertising

Researcher Conrad Longmore claims that advertisements displayed by the sites were found to contain malware programs, which install harmful files on users' machines without their permission. Mr Longmore told the BBC that two popular sites – XHamster and PornHub – pose the greatest threat. [14]

Philanthropy

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.[15][16]

They have donated $75,000 to various organizations including the Eileen Stein Jacoby Fund and Cancer Sucks Inc.[17]

In 2014, Pornhub announced a plan to plant over 15,000 trees in honor of Arbor Day.[18] According to the program, Pornhub committed to plant a tree for every 100 videos viewed in the "Big Dicks" category over a one week period.[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Pornhub.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Talk Talk fails to block Pornhub". The Inquirer. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ World's biggest porn site reveals how major events affect viewing habits at the Wayback Machine (archived 24 May 2014)
  4. ^ Buse, Uwe (20 December 2012). "Harnessing the Internet: The German Porn King's Revolutionary Model". der Spiegel. 
  5. ^ Lanxon, Nate (22 May 2009). "Twitter more popular than free porn: fact! | CNET UK". Crave.cnet.co.uk. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Pardon, Rhett (5 April 2010). "Brazzers Parent Calls Infringement Suit 'Fatally Defective'". XBIZ Newswire. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pink Visual sues tubes, charges Canadians with vag overfishing". 16 February 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Chiang, Oliver (17 February 2010). ""Tube Sites" Threaten Porn Studios". Forbes. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Purveyors of porn scramble to keep up with Internet, USA Today, 5 June 2007
  10. ^ YouTube with fewer clothes, The Times, 19 June 2007
  11. ^ Official Pornhub Twitter
  12. ^ a b Stuart, Hunter (30 January 2013). "Pornhub Super Bowl Commercial Rejected By CBS, Won't Air Despite SFW Content (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Hooton, Christopher. "Pornhub pleads with users to stop uploading videos of Brazil 'getting f**ked by Germany' in the World Cup". The Indepedent. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/popular-porn-websites-host-adverts-with-malware-8568608.html
  15. ^ Brown, Eryn (5 October 2012). "Breast cancer awareness month gets fundraising boost from Pornhub". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Is This the Worst Breast Cancer Month Idea Ever? - The Cut". New York. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Pornhub Triples Donation for October’s 'Save the Boobs' Campaign", AVN News, 19 November 2012, retrieved 25 February 2014 
  18. ^ a b Pornhub To Plant Over 15,000 Trees To Celebrate Environment, Dicks Betabeat.com

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