I've been studying the adult online industry, IP (as in intellectual property, not IP as in "how to hook 'em"), and privacy for many years. My curiosity peaked when US Copyright Group appeared on the scene as a smaller, more vicious version of the MPAA and RIAA, who in their haste to protect their members threw everyone else to the copyright trolls. (Don't expect an apology, these are the self-important nits who populate New York City and "Hollywood" aka Beverly Hills.") I've since come to consider the copyright trolls as not just vicious but plainly rabid. They are sick critters who are either 100% cynical or 100% self-delusional, based on the tragic results of their activities -- on which they don't exactly get rich, but manage to stay employed, not exactly a small feat for a lawyer these days since the bankers took over.
It may not be common knowledge, but the adult online industry is fracturing due to the copyright trolls' and their "clients" (read, "co-racketeers"). There are the Old Guard who believe in locking down website, hunting down file sharers, and wreaking some havoc on potential users but more mostly on themselves. On the other hand are the realists who know that, once online, nothing can be "protected," only given away for a price or taken for free.
Far better to harness human curiosity and give away content supported by advertising; or to use standard content to attract new paying customers who are provided a premium experience, more viewing options for example, from being on the "inside." (Such is the story of shareware, which works splendidly for items costing much more than a porn-site subscription.) This fortunately is understood by the growing majority of operators -- "fortunately" not just for those who will in the future be able to avail themselves of content for which they pay a fair price; but also for the porn industry, which by not embracing modern business models in the past, has encouraged theft on a grand scale. The Industry could have enjoyed largesse on a Google-esque scale. I have reports that 50% of all Internet users of legal age engage in one or another online behavior that the porn industry -- ironically, the _porn_ industry! -- considers inappropriate. (I'm not including kiddie porn, which the industry supposedly polices but does not.)
Why make people outlaws, basically enriching a handful of piggish racketeering attorneys when there are ways to make them customers, as various pay-for-content industries are discovering? The message is getting through. We just have to hope that it happens before too many other people are exploited and their lives damaged. I'm not as worked up about the reputation of the porn industry. Most people in today's societies agree that porn is an inevitable dimension of human life. Damaging human lives as the troll lawyers and their clients do, however, isn't.
Your site and the others you mentioned has helped me immensely. Keep up the good work. As you say don't feed the trolls.
This resource and a few others have helped me immensely in understanding what goes on with these leeches - and in quelling the onslaught of gray hair I had been suffering from as a result of a troll!
These sites have been a GREAT help in understanding the significance/insignificance of these plaintiffs and the technical and legal flim flam they are proceeding under. Thank you to all who have kept the information coming.