Pornhub Asked To Hand Over Personal Data And History Of Users

Court Orders Pornhub To Disclose User History And Personal Data

Not many of us want to share information about the sites we visit but we would like some websites that we’d rather have people be less aware of than others. One such site – PornHub – has just been ordered to hand over details of its users to the court.

The Case

As long as you’ve restricted yourself to only viewing its content, you should have no reason to worry. The court order only applies to users who have uploaded copyrighted content onto the website.

The order, handed down by a federal court in California, has demanded the names, email address, IP addresses and other identifying information of certain users.

The court approved the request for a DMCA subpoena which was filed by the Seychelles-based adult company, Foshan Ltd known for its adult film brand “Wankz”. The company has sought the ruling to find out the culprits who have infringed upon its copyright to over a thousand videos by uploading them onto PornHub without permission. PornHub allows all of its users to upload their own videos onto the website, so this isn’t the first time the website has been on the receiving end of a copyright claim.

PornHub’s Response

“We take claims of copyrighting infringement seriously,” an official Pornhub spokesperson has said, adding that infringements to these rules will be severely punished. “Responses may include removing, blocking or disabling access to material claimed to be the subject of infringing activity, terminating the user’s access to PornHub, or all of the foregoing.”

The court order has a very broad scope requesting for a host of details from its users. Perhaps most worryingly, however, it also includes posting and user history, yep, the smutty videos that users’ have watched.Industry experts admit that it is the first time that a copyright holder has used a DMCA subpoena to get information about Pornhub uploaders.

This isn’t the only case of users uploading copy right content however. Recently it was reported that the site was being used to host full length movies as well. Apparently, users choose Pornhub since its copyright checks are more relaxed that other platforms.