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Porn Rivals Make Nice After Antitrust Fight

Porn Rivals Make Nice After Antitrust Fight
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It’s not quite make-up sex, but two of the more prominent names in the pornography business have announced an amicable end to their bitter legal fight. The truce follows the arrest on tax charges of the head of one of the combatants.

In November 2011, Manwin, the Luxembourg-based 800-pound gorilla of online sexually explicit entertainment, sued ICM Registry, an upstart in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., alleging antitrust-law violations. Manwin operates a network of sites with names like YouPorn.com, xTube.com, Pornhub, and Brazzers. It also manages online content under the Playboy trademark and runs Playboy TV worldwide. The company has 1,000 employees and claims that 70 million unique viewers visit its sites every day.