Corbin Fisher Offers $1,000 Reward for PornILove Pirate
"They set up a site, upon which he merely provided a link to a blog," Corbin Fisher CEO Jason Gibson said.
"That blog would provide links to Hotfile, where all of his stolen content resided. When people went to his hotfile links, they were encouraged to sign up for a premium account and if they did, PornILove.net made money off the pirated material. Everyone made money off the deal except the content providers."
After PornILove.net's initial hosting account was shut down, the site used its Facebook account to direct followers to a new theft host, the company said.
Corbin Fisher continued to pursue them from hosting company to hosting company. Some of the hosting and blogging companies responded quickly to Corbin Fisher’s request to remove copyrighted content and ban PornILove.net's account.
However, the company said that some of the companies did not ban PornILove.net's account, enabling it to rehost under different names with the same hosting service.
"When Pornilove.net figured out that it was Corbin Fisher who kept getting the site taken down, they decided to steal from everyone except Corbin Fisher," Gibson said.
"While that was satisfying, Corbin Fisher realizes that when someone steals from one of us, they steal from all of us."
Corbin Fisher later contacted other online providers like FlavaWorks, Michael Lucas, Titan Media, HazeHim, Out In Public, Its Gonna Hurt among others and shared its full legal file with them, the company said.
"That legal file represented about $10,000 of work, but it was important to give it away to our fellow producers," said Brian Dunlap, Corbin Fisher COO.
"This industry is getting killed by these thieves. I don't feel like we 'won' if a site stops stealing from us just to steal from one of our fellow producers. We all need to band together, because that is the only way we will ever put a stop to this problem."
Once Corbin Fisher provided its file to dozens of other studios, those studios began barraging PornILove's service providers with numerous takedown requests under the DMCA.
"The DMCA requires service providers to take down infringing content upon notice," Randazza said. "However, it also requires service providers to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers or the service provider can become liable itself for the infringement."
Randazza explained that many service providers believe that they can continue to make thousands of dollars in hosting fees without any responsibility for repeat infringers.
"We educated them on this fact and rather than face liability for Pornilove.net's theft, they all eventually banned him."
Pornilove.net was unable to find a hosting service that would support it and ceded control of its website to Corbin Fisher.
"I want to personally thank all of the other online content providers who cooperated with us in concentrating our fire on this thief," Dunlap said. "However, the fight is not over yet."
Randazza said Corbin Fisher has sent out an armada of subpoenas to every service provider that PornILove ever did business with.
The company learned, so far, that Pornilove seems to have been run by more than one person. Although it initially originated in Poland, there were operators in New York, Chicago, Orlando and Washington.
"We expect that we will get this information for free if we are patient enough, but the Sicilian in me prefers the idea of one of his friends betraying him," Randazza said. "It is much more poetic that way."
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