It is modeled after YouTube in that it allows its users to upload their own pornographic media (user-generated content). It is one of the highest-traffic pornographic sites on the Internet along with YouPorn and has been described as a major development in Internet pornography. The site offers amateur sex clips, clips from pornographic websites, and scenes of regular porn movies in the straight, gay and lesbian category.
PornoTube was started in July 2006 by the company AEBN which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. A significant competitor of PornoTube is YouPorn which was started in late August 2006 and, according to Alexa, has since overtaken PornoTube in popularity. PornoTube and YouPorn are seen as posing notable competition for paid pornographic websites and traditional magazine and DVD-based pornography.
Concerns have been expressed over the inability to verify the age of the persons depicted in the videos, the possibility of copyrighted videos being uploaded to the site, and the possibility of privacy violations when private sex tapes are uploaded without the consent of all involved parties.
This site does not redirect any users to malicious websites or condone its use by minors.
On December 6, 2007, Vivid Entertainment filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against PornoTube. . The lawsuit alleges that the YouTube-like site profits from the illegal posting of Vivid's copyrighted films, and failed to comply with the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, a federal age-verification and record-keeping law that applies to the adult film industry.
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