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Hogan brought the case three years ago after witnessing how Gawker, a 13-year-old digital news site founded by Nick Denton, an entrepreneur with an allergy to celebrity privacy, published a video he claimed was secretly recorded. The sex tape was sensational, showing the wrestler whose real name is Terry Bollea having a sexual relationship with the then-wife of his best friend, a radio shock jock known as Bubba the Love Sponge. Gawker's posting of the Hogan sex tape was accompanied by an essay from A.J. Daulerio about celebrity sex and a vivid play-by-play of the encounter between Hogan and Heather Cole.
In an era when digital networks have reshaped culture, raising tough questions about sharing and prying in society, the jury got to hear two weeks of testimony in a first-of-its-kind sex tape case where discussions of newsworthiness and decency dominated.
originally posted by: Cobaltic1978
Wow, it must be a $115 million industry.
n an article in the February 20, 2006, issue of New York Magazine, Jossip founder David Hauslaib estimated Gawker.com's annual advertising revenue to be at least $1 million, and possibly over $2 million a year. Combined with low operating costs—mostly web hosting fees and writer salaries—Denton was believed to be turning a healthy profit by 2006. In 2009, the corporation was estimated to be worth $300 million, with $60 million in advertising revenues and more than $30 million in operating profit.
originally posted by: jtrenthacker
I wonder if Gawker survives this?
originally posted by: schuyler
I believe he was asking for $100 million, so the fact they came back with a greater sum is really interesting.
originally posted by: WeRpeons
a reply to: jtrenthacker
It seems like when you're a celebrity you get the multi-million pay outs. I think the amounts are ridiculous! Nobody died! How many people who lost loved ones due to the fault of a car manufacturer or other corporate entity ever get awarded anything more than a few million?
I'm kind of glad.