The True Cost Of Porn – $1.5m

Apparently, and I don’t know how true this is, some 40% of the internet is centred around the topic of porn. Can anyone tell me what else there is to see online? Obviously it is so prevalent because there is such large demand for it. And most people know how to get their fix for free.

But there may well be a hidden cost to the porn you consume.

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Just ask Kywan Fisher from Virginia who has just been sued for allegedly sharing ten gay porn films online and it cost him a whopping $1.5m dollars.

Fisher was sued in an Illinois federal court by Flava Works, a company that produces pornography, and received the maximum penalty after failing to attend to defend himself. The reason he was caught was because Flava Works embeds a unique digital code into the content that it makes available to its paying members to download. So when said content gets shared via torrents it is a relatively simple matter to match the file to the appropriate member account.

In his absence Fisher received the maximum penalty of $150,000 per video. Had he defended the accusations he could have received a penalty as low as $750 per video, if he is indeed guilty as accused.

Moral issues aside, it makes you think whether porn is worth it. Doesn’t it?

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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