BitTorrent distribution of large computer files is difficult to prosecute.
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In San Diego federal court, Strike 3 Holdings is suing an unknown person who is allegedly stealing the company’s “adult” (realistically, porn) websites and DVDs. In this case, the plaintiff has the defendant’s internet provider address.

Strike 3 Holdings says its headquarters is in Camden, Delaware, but that’s like saying your headquarters is in Liechtenstein or some Caribbean secrecy haven. Delaware is the United States’ Cayman Islands, offering corporate-friendly courts and secrecy. Strike 3’s lawyer is in Los Angeles, the film capital.

Strike 3 brags that one of its owners, Greg Lansky, is the adult film industry’s “answer to Steven Spielberg.” One of Strike 3’s sites has been named “adult site of the year.”

Movie companies are suing unknown people who are using BitTorrent protocol to illegally download movies for free, often distributing them. In this case, the defendant has infringed on 25 movies, according to the suit. In turn, an industry of law firms has grown up to defend people who get subpoenaed by movie companies. Strike 3 has filed almost 300 such suits this year.

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swell Jan. 13, 2018 @ 8:04 p.m.

The sexbot revolution of 2030 will reduce this story to part of a quaint history; when businesses were built around stories and pictures and videos of porn. They will tell tales of Hugh Hefner and the porn icons of early videos. They will recall the way that porn businesses created the technology that brought the internet to vibrant life. In 2030 soft porn will still be endemic, but there will no longer be big profits in it.

The sexbots will be expensive in the early days and all the focus will be on them just as we now fuss over new iDevices and Tesla Roadsters. Of course there will be controversy over the competition between iBots, HondaBots and SamsungBots, and how much the new models will sell for, and battery life, etc. The rapidly developing technology will bring a critical new question, argued over the dinner tables of the world: buy or lease? The demanding Japanese consumers will prompt kinky new styles that will capture the imagination of men and women worldwide.

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AlexClarke Jan. 14, 2018 @ 7:56 a.m.

Will electric devices be obsolete too?

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Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2018 @ 1:12 p.m.

AlexClarke: Such devices will still be around, but something other than electricity will probably propel them. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2018 @ 1:11 p.m.

swell: Don't you think the historians and cultural historians will focus on our current president, as well as on Bill Clinton, who was impeached but not convicted for lying about his sexual adventures? Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Jan. 13, 2018 @ 8:20 p.m.

This is terrible. Honest pornographers are pumping out their offerings and then instead of reaping profits from their sales, these hackers are stealing the "stuff" and selling it themselves and pay no royalty or anything else. Don't you just feel so sorry for these purveyors of smut and perversion? So sad for an outstanding local industry.

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Cassander Jan. 14, 2018 @ 11:40 a.m.

When porn producers lie and ripoff their models it's just business, but when it happens to them it's a crime. Totally different!

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Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2018 @ 1:17 p.m.

Cassander; Here is a variation on that theme: Kill one person and it's murder. Kill 100,000 people and it's foreign policy. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2018 @ 1:14 p.m.

Visduh: Look at the prizes the company and its chief executive have won. Have their porn stars won any prizes? Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Jan. 15, 2018 @ 7:19 a.m.

None that I know of but one thing is for sure porn is proof that all men are not created equal.

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Don Bauder Jan. 15, 2018 @ 10:06 a.m.

AlexClarke: President Trump claimed on national TV that he is well endowed. But how can we believe ANYTHING the president says? Best, Don Bauder

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