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American Porn Publisher To Russian Search Engine: Stop Stealing Our Girls

Perfect 10, an American magazine and website specializing in “beautiful, natural models,” has a long history of unsuccessful copyright suits. That isn’t stopping it, however, from going after Russian search engine giant Yandex.

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Yandex search engine

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MOSCOW – An American erotic photo publisher is accusing Russian search engine giant Yandex of aiding and abetting widespread "theft" of its racy content.

Perfect 10, which publishes revealing images of "all the most beautiful, natural models' – meaning only models who've not had plastic surgery or other enhancements – is suing Yandex for violation of copyright law. Perfect 10 complains that its pictures show up in Yandex search results. The company also laments that web surfers can also use Yandex to find user names and passwords that allow full and free access to Perfect 10 content.

Perfect 10 has a relatively long history in court. It has also filed suits against Google, Amazon, Microsoft and many others. So far, however, it has won just one of those cases – against Megaupload.

"The company only starts court proceedings that it believes have a high chance of success." Perfect 10's founder, Norman Zada, said. "We sent Yandex 72 letters and didn't get a single response."

Yandex representatives, on the other hand, say they received the notifications from Perfect 10 only recently and that Yandex answered the notifications.

Observers rate Perfect 10's chances of success against Yandex as being relatively low. In a similar case against Google, the court found that the harm to Perfect 10 was strictly hypothetical.

Read the original article in Russian by Roman Rozhkov

Photo – Yandex

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Look At This Crap! The "Enshittification" Theory Of Why The Internet Is Broken

The term was coined by journalist Cory Doctorow to explain the fatal drift of major Internet platforms: if they were ever useful and user-friendly, they will inevitably end up being odious.

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Manuel Ligero

-Analysis-

The universe tends toward chaos. Ultimately, everything degenerates. These immutable laws are even more true of the Internet.

In the case of media platforms, everything you once thought was a good service will, sooner or later, disgust you. This trend has been given a name: enshittification. The term was coined by Canadian blogger and journalist Cory Doctorow to explain the inevitable drift of technological giants toward... well.

The explanation is in line with the most basic tenets of Marxism. All digital companies have investors (essentially the bourgeoisie, people who don't perform any work and take the lion's share of the profits), and these investors want to see the percentage of their gains grow year after year. This pushes companies to make decisions that affect the service they provide to their customers. Although they don't do it unwillingly, quite the opposite.

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Annoying customers is just another part of the business plan. Look at Netflix, for example. The streaming giant has long been riddling how to monetize shared Netflix accounts. Option 1: adding a premium option to its regular price. Next, it asked for verification through text messages. After that, it considered raising the total subscription price. It also mulled adding advertising to the mix, and so on. These endless maneuvers irritated its audience, even as the company has been unable to decide which way it wants to go. So, slowly but surely, we see it drifting toward enshittification.

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