Sex Tech: Historic BitTorrent porn damages, Verizon arrest over nude pics

Sex Tech: Historic BitTorrent porn damages, Verizon arrest over nude pics

Summary: A collection of notable new sex and technology news items. Covers innovation, legal issues, IP, privacy, controversies, business and more.

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TOPICS: Privacy, Legal, Verizon
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In recent sex and tech news Twitter begins gender profiling for ads, Verizon staff were arrested in Florida for stealing (nude) customer photos, the largest pirating lawsuit damages ever were handed out over some really bad porn.

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Porn scores largest filesharing lawsuit payout to date

A federal court in Illinois has handed down the largest ever damages award in a BitTorrent case - one man has been ordered to pay $1,500,000 to gay male adult entertainment company Flava Works for sharing 10 of their movies.

According to TorrentFreak, the huge total was reached through penalties of $150,000 per movie, the maximum possible statutory damages under U.S. copyright law. 

You might think that based on this groundbreaking development, a studio like Flava Works must be making superlative high-production films (actually, it's the sad opposite), that Flava Works models standard-setting ethics (actually, the studio positions its racially charged marketing on spectacularly unsafe sex practices - namely 'barebacking'), and sets the standard for digital security practices (LOL, not even).

So we have to ask ourselves - does the punishment really fit the crime?

For ad targeting, Twitter profiles user gender

Twitter introduced targeted advertising based on user gender last week.

Its algorithm apparently has a secret sauce that involves looking at extreme gender stereotypes as clocked in the written words of the giant microblogging service.

The list of tweets meant to show off Twitter’s success pointed out some of -interesting- aspects of gender stereotyping.

Verizon staff arrested for stealing and sharing female customer's nudes

Two Verizon staffers in Florida have been arrested for stealing nude photographs off a female customer's phone and passing them around - even offering to show them to other male customers.

Two men at a Verizon store in Bartow, Florida, were supposed to help a local waitress transfer her data from her old phone to a new one, and when they spotted erotic self-shots, helped themselves to copies of the photos.

The sleazebags were caught only when they bragged and offered to show them to a random male customer, unaware that the customer was a friend of their victim.

File under: not exactly breaking news about image para-sites

A study conducted by an internet safety non-profit called the Internet Watch Foundation has revealed that the vast majority of sexualized multimedia uploaded by teens to places like Facebook is lifted and hosted on outside porn sites.

We're sure it's just as true about sexualized multimedia uploaded by adults, too.

Topics: Privacy, Legal, Verizon

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  • Great

    I don't understand why people are still doing this picture thing with their phones, it almost never ends well!

    As for these two idiots, now they lose their job, get a public defender, go to jail, get a nice mark on their record and for what? So they could have a cheap thrill and ruin some woman's life!

    Every day I lose more faith in humanity.
    slickjim