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MindGeek is a privately owned, multinational, conglomerate corporation headquartered in Luxembourg City with offices across North America and Europe. MindGeek was established in 2013, in a buyout of Manwin by the management team. MindGeek is one of the world’s largest operators of branded, online entertainment including both adult oriented websites, as well as mobile games and celebrity gossip sites. The MindGeek identity was created in order to emphasize the technology through which it provides a portfolio of branded entertainment experiences. The company logo of MindGeek features a brightly lit light bulb. It has been reported that MindGeek's dominance in online pornography may have negative results because of the monopolistic powers they have from owning both production and distribution avenues.
MindGeek is one of the leaders in mobile-phone pornography in North America, handling millions of visits each day. According to the company, MindGeek is one of the top ten in bandwidth consumption companies in the world.
MindGeek owns over 20 pornographic websites; It is the owner of many major pornographic video sharing web 2.0 websites in the now-named 'Pornhub Network' including YouPorn, Pornhub, Tube8, XTube, RedTube, ExtremeTube, GayTube, KeezMovies, SpankWire, PornIQ, SexTube, and Redtube. Redtube and YouPorn generate some 170 million visits per month together, and Pornhub.com scores at Alexa Global Rank 79. They also own PornMD, a search engine which sends traffic to the websites owned by MindGeek. In addition, they also own other amateur pornographic video sharing websites including Mofos, MyDirtyHobby, Sextube, and Webcams.
MindGeek owns pornographic movie studios Brazzers, Digital Playground, Reality Kings, and Twistys. Mindgeek also manages the websites of Wicked Pictures and oversees Playboy's online and television operations.
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In March 2010, MindGeek's predecessor bought the Canadian holding company Mansef which owned the websites Brazzers, Mofos, and Pornhub.
In September 2010, MindGeek's predecessor acquired EuroRevenue.
In November 2011 MindGeek's predecessor became an operating partner of Playboy, managing the brand's online and entertainment business Playboy Plus Entertainment, which operates a number of television channels and online services based in the UK and Benelux.
In January 2012 MindGeek's predecessor signed a deal to acquire the assets of the American pornographic movie studio Digital Playground.
A merger notification (with Reality Kings) was filed with the Austrian Federal Competition Authority in April 2012. In September 2012, MindGeek's predecessor completed the acquisition. Company documents show that following the deal in the autumn, Miami-beach based RK Holdings gave a Dublin company, Manwin Content RK, the right to use thousands of its pornography movies.
MindGeek's predecessor filed a lawsuit in California in November 2012 to block a new .xxx domain. It claimed that introducing the new suffix was the first step towards making it mandatory, meaning governments could easily censor by blocking access to all .xxx sites. MindGeek announced that it would not allow its content to be used on any sites with the suffix, saying: 'We oppose the .xxx domain and all it stands for. It is our opinion that .xxx domain is an anti-competitive business practice that works a disservice to all companies that do business on the Internet.'
In May 2013, MindGeek's predecessor, owner of one of the largest portfolios of adult-oriented websites, agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit it brought against ICM Registry over the cost of .xxx web domain names. The settlement will result in discounted wholesale prices of $7.85 a year for .xxx names during May 2013 and at other times in the future. ICM Registry is owned by British former fax-machine mogul Stuart Lawley. The settlement provides that ICM will not pay any money directly to MindGeek.
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