Guba Usenet search engine preps video porn for Apple iPod

“It may not be quite what Steve Jobs had in mind, but an online search engine called Guba is set to offer vast amounts of pornography and other video files, specifically tailored for Apple’s new iPods,” Adam Pasick reports for Reuters. “Guba is a subscription-only search engine that culls video files from the Usenet newsgroups, a huge repository of online content — much of it adult, pirated, or both.”

Pasick reports, “Beginning this month, Guba will convert video files from Usenet into the format used by the iPod, known as H.264. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs launched the video-enabled iPod last month along with deals to sell downloadable music videos and TV shows. Although Guba offers up a wide variety of video, from the satirical news program ‘The Daily Show’ to Japanese animation, its ‘erotica’ section is likely to be the biggest draw. ‘We can kid ourselves, but in the end it’s probably porn that people want,’ said Guba Chief Executive Thomas McInerney. He noted that the site offers a ‘safe mode’ to filter out adult content.”

“Guba specifically searches through Usenet’s multimedia content, which is not indexed by popular search engines such as Yahoo or Google. It also converts video into standard formats, and lets users stream small versions from its Web site,” Pasick reports. “At a time when movie studios are hyper-vigilant about online piracy, Guba’s easily accessible videos could raise hackles among Hollywood’s content owners. Guba counters that it will strictly abide by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which requires search engines to take down any content upon request of the copyright holder. It has also blocked access to music files and videos longer than 70 minutes… A search of Guba revealed a wide range of TV shows, including Disney’s “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives,” which are both sold online at Apple’s iTunes Music Store.”

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18 Comments

  1. “The more things change, the more things stay the same”.

    Guba (clever phonetic play on Google) or some other service will become the “Napster” of video content. People will get “free” content and this will drive interest in the video technology. Critical mass will be reached. In the interim, Apple will sell a ton more iPods than they otherwise would have. Content owners and studios will cry fowl. They try suing Guba – too late, the flood gates are open!

    SJ steps in with his sweet words and distortion field . The studios play ball. iTunes gets a shit load of DRM’d video content. And you know the rest… yada, yada.

    {MacMania yawns}

    MDN Magic Word: story; this is the never ending one.

  2. This is the same reason why VHS took over Bheta video tapes in the early 80’s even though Bheta tape were higher quality. The porn industry ‘adopted’ VHS and pretty soon everybody was using VHS so it became the standard only this time QT 7.0 (H.264) is a high quality product which is about to be spread all over the internet thanks once again to the porn industry ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. “P.S. whatever happened to sputnik?” – righteous
    “What an incrediby proud day it must be for Stevo and company–Facilitating the increased distribution and viewing of porn. What an amazing legacy.” -iMaki

    Is “sputnik” now “iMaki”?
    Just checking.

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