The new instamodes in the porn industry are starting to have their day in court.
In a landmark ruling, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday ruled that the company behind them violated copyright laws by not making explicit explicit representations of its products to viewers.
“This is a landmark case about how to treat the public in the age of the internet,” said Mark Sherman, an attorney for the National Coalition for the Reproductive Rights, who argued that the porn companies were in violation of federal law.
The porn industry was not named in the ruling.
It comes after an outcry over the videos of teens, some of whom were underage, being sexually assaulted and coerced into performing sex acts.
Some have been charged with felonies for participating in the crimes, including two who were convicted on Thursday.
The ruling is the latest in a series of legal challenges against porn companies and other companies in the industry.
Earlier this month, a California court ruled that a website called “Romeo” was violating the state’s obscenity law by posting material that “may constitute conduct which may amount to a criminal offense under California law.”
The case is currently before a federal district judge in Santa Monica.
“The fact that these companies are being sued is not a reason for us to stop using them,” Sherman said.
He noted that the companies that have been sued are all owned by the same family of companies.
The judge’s ruling came after a hearing in February where the judge ruled that “Romo” and other sites like it were violating the First Amendment rights of the sites users.
“When I find an infringement, I am very likely to go after the defendant, the owner, the operator,” said Sherman.
In the meantime, the companies behind the new porn are defending themselves.
“We have not taken a position on this case,” said Matt Borski, president of PornHub, which also operates sites like Instamode, PornHub X, and others.
“That is a decision for the courts.”
The decision in the case is “in the public interest,” Borsky said.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in January against PornHub and the other companies for allegedly violating the Communications Decency Act, which bans pornography that depicts sexual acts or depicts depictions of minors engaging in sexual acts.
In that case, a judge in California also ruled that Instamodes violated the Communications Act when it allowed users to submit images of naked teenagers and their genitals.
PornHub is appealing the ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.