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Type of site
Available inEnglish
FoundedAugust 2006; 12 years ago (August 2006)
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Alexa rankDecrease 91449 (February 2019)[1]
Current statusActive

PornoTube is an advertising-supported pornographic website that hosts images, videos, and audio recordings.[2]


It allows its users to upload their own pornographic media (user-generated content). It is one of the highest-traffic pornographic sites on the Internet along with YouPorn and has been described as a major development in Internet pornography.[3] The site offers amateur sex clips, clips from pornographic websites, and scenes of regular porn movies in the straight, gay and lesbian category.

PornoTube was started in July 2006[4] by the company AEBN[5] which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.[6] A significant competitor of PornoTube is YouPorn which was started in late August 2006 and, according to Alexa, has since overtaken PornoTube in popularity.[7] PornoTube and YouPorn are seen as posing notable competition for paid pornographic websites and traditional magazine and DVD-based pornography.[8][9]

Concerns have been expressed over the inability to verify the age of the persons depicted in the videos, the possibility of copyrighted videos being uploaded to the site, and the possibility of privacy violations when private sex tapes are uploaded without the consent of all involved parties.[10]

PornoTube received increased attention in late 2006 when an alleged sex video of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline appeared on the website.[11]

Legal controversy[edit]

On December 6, 2007, Vivid Entertainment filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against PornoTube.[12][13] The lawsuit alleges that the YouTube-like site profits from the illegal posting of Vivid's copyrighted films, and failed to comply with the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, a federal age-verification and record-keeping law that applies to the adult film industry. The lawsuit was withdrawn by Vivid in October 2008.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  2. ^ MyVideo leads next generation of upstarts Traditional media's appetite for video-sharing sites shows no sign of abating, but has echoes of the dotcom bubble" by Tom Braithwaite, Financial Times, London, September 5, 2006, pg. 30.
  3. ^ Brown, Joe (November 30, 2006). "'The most important site on the Internet'". T3. Retrieved December 25, 2006.
  4. ^ at the Internet Archive
  5. ^ Advertising information at, accessed August 29, 2006
  6. ^ Pornotube Terms of Use, accessed August 29, 2007
  7. ^ Comparison of YouPorn and PornoTube traffic,
  8. ^ Purveyors of porn scramble to keep up with Internet, USA Today, June 5, 2007
  9. ^ YouTube with fewer clothes, The Times, June 19, 2007
  10. ^ Porn 2.0, and Its Victims, The Tyee, July 6, 2007
  11. ^ "Britney 'sex tape' leaks onto internet". China Daily. November 13, 2006. Archived from the original on January 4, 2007. Retrieved December 25, 2006.
  12. ^ Joseph Menn (December 11, 2007). "Porn producer sues YouTube knockoff". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  13. ^ "Adult Film Company's Copyright Lawsuit Against PornoTube". FindLaw. December 11, 2007. Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  14. ^ Roettgers, Janko (October 24, 2008). "Copyright Lawsuit Against PornoTube Withdrawn". Retrieved August 26, 2010.