Most of the videos and millions of dollars in damages have been given back to the people who were tricked into making them for porn sites.
GirlsDoPorn and GirlsDoToys had been the subject of a long-running legal fight, but now both of them have been closed.
Rights to videos and images that were made by the now-defunct sites belong to the women who made them.
More than 400 victims can now ask for the video to be taken down from the web.
Companies like Pornhub and Google are likely to get notices from them telling them to take down the material.
He made GirlsDoPorn. Ruben Andre Garcia was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison this summer for threatening women to appear in sex videos. It’s part of a payment order from the prosecution of Garcia, who also went by the name Jonathan.
In the beginning, women who wanted to be models in clothes responded to ads. They were then told that they would be paid a lot to do adult video shoots that were not public.
According to the women who starred in GirlsDoPorn videos, Garcia made them do sex acts and lied about the nature of the shoot, according to what they told us.
There will be only DVDs made and sold outside of the United States. Garcia told them that this was what was going to happen with the videos.
In fact, he knew that the illegally obtained videos were being put on websites like Pornhub, which is one of the most popular websites in the world.
Janis Sammartino, a judge in the US, has made Garcia pay $18m (£13.6m) in restitution and give up the rights to videos and images that he took while in prison. He gave the video rights to 402 GirlsDoPorn victims, so they can now file “takedown” notices against websites that still show the films. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act lets them do this. Since 2016, the women have been trying to get back at their traffickers for what they did.
An acting US attorney in the Southern California district says that this is a very good decision because it gives victims more power by giving them control over the images and videos that made them so angry and hurt. It’s our hope that this will help the victims close a chapter in their lives that was hard. People who have been harmed by someone else should be able to take back control of their lives, says the FBI special agent in charge Suzanne Turner.
Michael James Pratt is the only fugitive in this case who hasn’t been found yet, and this ruling helps make that happen.
Authorities still haven’t found Pratt, who the FBI has called the ringleader and who was added to its “Most Wanted” list in September 2020. Pratt hasn’t been found.
In October, the parent company of Pornhub agreed to pay 50 women who said they were victims of a sex-trafficking operation that was going on at the time.