Bold to the point of foolhardy · Gawker allows bloggers to host stolen sex videos

Bold to the point of foolhardy Gawker allows bloggers to host stolen sex videos

Felix Salmon *nailed* it long before the lawsuit:

The real shark-jumping, however, came later in the day, when Gawker decided to host the video themselves. Anybody going to Gawker’s Fred Durst Sex Tape page was immediately confronted with the full two-minute video, and quite possibly put off their dinner for the rest of the day. The irony is that the title of the page was “The Fred Durst Sex Tape You Never Wanted” well, if you went to that page, you got it whether you wanted it or not.

Gawker Media has hosted pornographic material on its webservers for a long time, of course, as part of its Fleshbot service. But this was video, not stills, and Gawker, not Fleshbot. Now note that Gawker’s advertising page still comes with glowing notices from the likes of the Guardian, the New York Times and Time magazine. “Followers of Gawker include Michael Gross of the New York Daily News, Howard Stern, Kurt Andersen of NPR, Jodi Kantor of the New York Times, Deborah Schoeneman of New York Magazine, Ed Needham of Rolling Stone, and Maer Roshan of Radar,” it says; it’s my guess that most of those people read Gawker much less than they used to, and that none of them (with the possible exception of Howard Stern) think very much of the fact that Gawker was hosting the Fred Durst sex tape.

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