iWantEmpire, Porn Guardian Partner to Fight Piracy

iWantEmpire, Porn Guardian Partner to Fight Piracy
Stephen Yagielowicz

LOS ANGELES — iWantEmpire has announced an agreement with Porn Guardian to give its artists protection from pirates along with assistance in regulatory enforcement to take down illegally obtained content from unauthorized websites.

According to the company, it is declaring open season on content pirates.

“We had previously assisted our artists in-house when they informed us their content was being pirated and had our team reach out and get it removed,” iWantEmpire President Jay Phillips said. “That was reactive. Now we are being proactive by having Porn Guardian actively monitor and scan known infringing sites to get content removed within minutes of being posted.

"We also hope to be able to identify pirates and locate them to enforce legal remedies and give our artists the protection they deserve.”

Under its agreement with Porn Guardian, iWantEmpire will cover its artists’ costs for enforcing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which provides protection to owners of intellectual property from potential copyright infringement via the internet.

Porn Guardian will also regularly monitor content and issue DMCA warnings to filehosts, tubes, torrents, blogs, newsgroups and other websites that are illegally hosting proprietary content, with its system constantly monitoring reported URLs to determine when and if files are taken down.

In addition, Porn Guardian will provide legal assistance by supplying evidentiary material outlining how sites, users and others have illegally used protected content. These evidence packages have been used as the cornerstone of relevant legal cases and responsible for taking down some of the largest file hosting services.

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