Brazzers

Canadian pornographic production company

Brazzers
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryPornography
GenreAll
FoundedJune 22, 2005; 18 years ago (2005-06-22)
Montreal, Quebec[1]
Headquarters
Montreal, Quebec
,
Canada
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Fabian Thylmann
ProductsPornographic films
ParentAylo
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Brazzers (/ˈbræzərz/, company name: MG Premium Ltd.) is a Canadian pornographic video production company with headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and legal domicile in Nicosia, Cyprus. With an online network consisting of thirty-one hardcore pornography websites, the company's slogan is "World's Best HD Porn Site!".[2] The site contains 10,036 videos, which were published by 33 different sites (December 2020).[2] Their network of sites features 2,340 pornstar models (December 2020).

History

Founded in 2005 by a group of Montreal investors, Brazzers became part of a larger group of pornographic sites under the corporate name of Mansef. In 2010, Mansef was sold to Fabian Thylmann and rebranded as Manwin Inc.[3][4] In December 2012, Thylmann was extradited from Belgium to Germany on suspicion of tax evasion.[5]

In October 2013, Thylmann sold Manwin's assets, including Brazzers, to an internal management group, MindGeek.[6]

In 2014, Brazzers celebrated its 10th anniversary with a billboard in Times Square in New York City. The digital billboard was located at the corner of 47th and 7th and viewable for the entire month of August.[7] In 2010, Brazzers had used a Times Square billboard to promote its safe sex campaign and to announce its "Get Rubber!" slogan and website.[8]

In September 2016, Vigilante broke the news of a database breach suffered by Brazzers, which affected almost 1 million users after the site was hacked in April 2013.[9][10][11][12][13]

The Brazzers logo has changed a few times, however still maintaining the yellow and black coloring and placing an emphasis on the double z letters for branding.[14]

Operations

Brazzers is owned and operated by Aylo, a multinational officially registered in Luxembourg.[15] The company was formerly known as MindGeek.

Brazzers came under industry criticism for associating with streaming media sites like Pornhub. In response, in 2009 the company initiated an anti-piracy campaign.[16]

Litigation

In 2008, after being fired, producer Bobby Manila sued Brazzers for fraud and violation of the terms of his contract. The lawsuit was eventually settled.[17]

In February 2010, Pink Visual Studio sued Brazzers' parent company, Manwin, for copyright infringement by distributing unlicensed video content on its free video-sharing sites. Brazzers' network has been accused of benefiting from unlicensed content by indirectly benefiting from traffic from sharing sites, but this was the first time a well-known studio had filed a lawsuit. A class action lawsuit was considered by other studios.[18]

In 2018, the Government of India banned Brazzers, among other porn websites, after a Uttarakhand High Court court order demanding the same in a rape case where the perpetrators stated they were motivated to do so after watching online pornography.[19]

Ranking

As of July 2021, Brazzers.com has an Alexa traffic ranking of 3,576.[20]

References

  1. ^ "Brazzers.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info – DomainTools". WHOIS. 2016. Archived from the original on April 27, 2019. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Brazzers". Brazzers. Archived from the original on July 27, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Pardon, Rhett (July 15, 2010). "Brazzers, Mofos, Tube Sites Acquired by Manwin". XBIZ Newswire. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "Meet The New King of Porn". CNBC. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  5. ^ "'Porn king' detained on suspicion of tax evasion". Archived from the original on December 24, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Fabian Thylmann Sells Stake in Manwin to Company Management". Archived from the original on May 13, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Smithberg, Allen. "Brazzers Marks 10th With Times Square Billboard". AVN.com. Adult Vide News. Archived from the original on March 16, 2016. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  8. ^ Javors, Steve. "Brazzers Unveils Massive New York City Billboard". AVN.com. Adult Video News. Archived from the original on October 1, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  9. ^ "Brazzers porn account holders exposed by hackers". BBC News. September 6, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 2023.
  10. ^ "Have I Been Pwned: Pwned websites". haveibeenpwned.com. Retrieved August 21, 2023.
  11. ^ Breach of Brazzers Forum (MyBroadband) – http://mybroadband.co.za/news/security/178474-the-south-african-government-departments-exposed-in-the-brazzers-porn-forum-hack.html Archived November 7, 2017, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Hughes, Matthew (September 5, 2016). "Hackers ejaculate 800,000 Brazzers accounts onto the dark web". TNW | Insider. Retrieved August 21, 2023.
  13. ^ Breach of Brazzers Forum (LifeHacker) – http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/09/brazzers-porn-site-forum-hack-lead-to-80000-accounts-exposed/ Archived April 27, 2019, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "History of Brazzers". Discountedporn.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2022. Retrieved August 15, 2022.
  15. ^ "Manwin: opérations en coulisses". Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  16. ^ "Webmasters Seek Solutions in Tube Site Wars". XBIZ. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  17. ^ "Manila vs. Brazzers.com Settles Out of Court". XBIZ. Archived from the original on September 24, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  18. ^ "Adult studio tackles 'tube sites'". AfterDawn.com. Archived from the original on February 22, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  19. ^ "Here is the full list of 827 porn websites blocked by DoT". The Indian Express. October 29, 2018. Archived from the original on October 29, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2022.
  20. ^ "Brazzers Alexa Ranking". Alexa.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2019. Retrieved July 14, 2021.

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