Sunday , September 23 2018

P2P and Porn

New study says more searches for porn than for music on P2P networks:

    While much has been reported about the billions of free music and Hollywood movie files on the file-sharing services, there’s been far less attention paid to the abundance of pornography available for download.

    According to a study of an 18-day period in February by Palisade Systems Inc. of Ames, Iowa, about 42 percent of the 22 million searches on one of the main file-sharing networks were for pornographic video, compared to 38 percent for copyright-protected audio files.

    ….Instead of fighting file sharing, some in that industry — estimated to be generating $750 million to $1 billion per year in revenue — are quietly finding new ways to profit from it.

    “The porn guys are smart, they’ve figured out how to use the technology,” said Grokster President Wayne Rosso.

    ….But the adult filmmakers “know how to market themselves,” Rosso said. “You’ve got to sit there and say to the recording industry or the movie industry, ‘Look at what these guys are doing. Why can’t you take a cue from them?’ ”

    But given the file-sharing services’ popularity among the younger set, there has been a government outcry over children’s exposure to pornography through these programs. Recent reports by the General Accounting Office and the House Committee on Government Reform said half of the searches of words like “Pokemon,” “Britney Spears” and “Olsen twins” returned unrelated pornographic video and images.

    ….But it’s the legal adult films, along with video games, e-books and software, that may keep file-sharing programs popular, even if the new online music services succeed, said Aram Sinnreich, an entertainment industry analyst.

    The adult film industry is “leveraging the power of peer-to-peer,” which creates a large online social gathering of potential customers, said Sinnreich

    ….”The lesson I suggest (the recording industry) learn from the porn industry is: How do you use free to promote paid?” he said.

    One way is to embed short, free video clips with links taking the viewer to Web sites that sell more video that is of higher quality, said Scott Hunter, co-founder and chief executive officer of Exploit Systems Inc. of Palo Alto.

    ….”The adult industry is leading the way in peer-to-peer and begining to monetize it instead of fighting customers,” Hunter said. “Any smart merchant can’t look at a mall filled with 200 million people and not look at the opportunities to set up a kiosk.”

    One search conducted last week of Kazaa, the most popular of the services, using the word “sex” turned up hundreds of erotic videos, ranging from one- minute clips to full two-hour movies. The search included about 50 videos that required payment of $1 to $5 to view. [SF Chronicle]

Now that’s capitalism – if you can’t lick it, beat it, er, join it. Monetize the anarchy.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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