Victims of GirlsDoPorn gain ownership of their films
Hundreds of people who were duped into recording explicit videos for pornographic websites have been awarded the videos’ rights as well as millions of dollars in damages. The sites, GirlsDoPorn and GirlsDoToys, have been involved in a lengthy legal struggle.
The US Department of Justice has concluded that the women own the copyright to the recordings and photos produced by the now-defunct sites. More than 400 victims can now seek the tape’s removal from the internet.
They are likely to issue cease-and-desist orders to companies like Pornhub and Google to remove the content. Ruben Andre Garcia, the creator of GirlsDoPorn, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison this summer for coercing women into appearing in sex movies. Garcia’s prosecution, who also went by the name Jonathan, delivered the most recent decision as part of a restitution order.
Initially, women replied to advertisements for clad modelling work only to be assured that they would be well compensated for anonymous adult video shootings.
According to women who starred in GirlsDoPorn videos, Garcia allegedly forced women to perform videotaped sex acts and lied about the genuine objective of the production. She informed the women that the videos would only be available on DVD and would be sold internationally.
In actuality, he was well aware that the unlawfully obtained movies were being spread online, notably on Pornhub, one of the most popular sites on the internet.
According to the provisions of the order, Garcia must pay $18 million (£13.6 million) in compensation and hand over the video and image rights.
Sammartino’s order awards video rights to 402 GirlsDoPorn victims, who can now file takedown notices against websites that continue to show the films under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Since 2016, women have been fighting for justice against their traffickers.