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Anti-Pirate Porn Stars

Pirates DVDConcerned about the rising popularity of Pirates and Pirates 2, America's porn stars have joined together to created this decidedly non-pornographic video discouraging the public from viewing pirate porn. There are growing concerns that the roaming masses of naked, unemployed Johnny Depp look-a-likes may resort to plundering and pillaging Silicone Valley. Hm, that doesn't sound quite right - maybe I ought to actually watch the video.

In all seriousness, these porn star PSA-style video features some of our favourite porn stars (from Joanna Angel to Ron Jeremy, but alas, no Belladonna) speaking out against the downloading of pirated porn. Put together by the Free Speech Coalition in the US, their message is essentially identical to the arguments put forward by the music industry over and by the cable/satellite providers in the pre-internet era.

As a retailer, it feels like we should be vehemently against the pirating of porn, but the ethical arguments are complicated, and it seems that there is a tangible different between theft (i.e. taking an item from someone, thus depriving them of that item) and copying (i.e. taking an item from someone, but not depriving them of that item). However, it is also easy to argue that copying deprives the creator (usually of money).  If this is the argument the porn industry wants to rest on, they should also be speaking out against DVD rentals which similarly deprive the creator or producer of the funds that would be generated by a straight out sale of the DVD.

In any case, whether or not you think that downloading pirated porn is right or wrong, the porn industry is uniquely positioned in this fight. Porn popularized VHS back in the day (and DVDs more recently) mostly due to the ease with which one could copy porn illegally, but also because of the proliferation of adult video rental shops. Porn and sex most certainly played a huge role in popularizing the internet too, so it is odd to see the porn industry coming down hard on the media it basically created and popularized.

Watch the Free Speech Coalition videos. Via Wired

 

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