Dporn, the First True User-Generated Content Litmus Test for Steem?

After Vice.org, in the most enjoyable n00btastic way, decided to fork the Steem blockchain and roll out its own blockchain, the Steem blockchain has a new adult entertainment kid on the block.

While registered since less than a month so far, the new player @dporn – yes, you guessed it correctly: decentralized porn; creative naming to the nth.

Contrarily to Vice, who came with an announced existing rolodex in the industry, @dporn seems to have put some effort into its launch and has an effective launch date even (March 13, 2018).

More so even, @dporn already has launched its own token on the Bitshares blockchain.

But there’s something amiss with the new entrant. When I wrote about Vice’s initial announcement, I mentioned that its team had the asset of being the owner of the Penthouse media library and thus would be able to launch with a vast inventory, all copyright owned. Vice, in its n00btastic ways, left any other possibility of expansion open, in true kitchen sink style, but that shall not be held against them.

When looking at dporn, there are no details whatsoever to be found on its homepage, only a link to its Steemit profile and the Bitshares token.

Other than that, the site makes use of a Youtube video as background. In itself, not big an issue but it does ring alarm bells.

Combined with the almost childish tone of the @dporn Steem account, the use of a non-licensed background video becomes interesting though when reading the dporn’s announcement post on Steemit:

We don’t need that much to get started as we just need to pay for some costs & our developer.

This, of course, is the wet dream of anyone wanting to launch an adult network online because it seems to include that no royalties need to be paid for the video library. While I’m not saying that @dporn stinks, something surely smells fishy so far. Anybody who over the years has followed the evolution of adult entertainment sites, especially streaming sites, has heard of the bitter copyright wars caused because users would upload any video they liked, no matter its license.

More so, in this decade the next question to be asked is what will @dporn, and thus also the Steem ecosystem, do in the case of uploaded revenge porn.

With Blockchains being undeletable[sic] ledgers, complete without DMCA mechanisms, who is responsible? More so… how will unauthorized, and possibly even illegal videos uploaded, be removed and what process will apply?

Is the blockchain, and thus also Steem.io, ready to deal with all possible user-generated content pitfalls?


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