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Piracy (and someone doing something about it)

Here's a little article from my old pal Nate Glass at Porn Newz regarding the state of piracy in porn. You can consider this an advertisement for his services or just a quick look at his current observations about piracy but his advice on how to combat it on your own is both sensible and cheap. And lest it be said that this article attacks anyone, keep in mind that the enemy is not Nate, but the pirates stealing the hard work from production companies, many of whom might find it worthwhile to to send a few emails to sites handing out their movies for free... "The Don"

It's that time again.  Your report cards are here and you're only being graded in one course....Digital Piracy.  How does each studio measure up when it comes to digital piracy and their efforts to curb it?  Let's just say it ain't pretty.  There's a whole bunch of studios that complain about piracy, yet many of those same studios are actually doing the worst job to curb it.  So what grade will Nate give each studio...


For the purpose of this report, I used the largest porn-only torrent site.  This is a site with a lot of traffic, lots of users and also complies with DMCA requests within 24 hours.  That means that any torrent uploaded to this site could be deleted within 24 hours, so there's really no excuse for something to be up on this site for more than a day.  To keep this report fair I simply searched for the studio's name on the site.  I did not look for specific series, titles or stars.  So the results reported here are only a fraction of the total amount of exposure each of these studios has on this site.

So without futher delay...let's hand out some report cards!

Grade F

You have failed, you aren't applying yourself, there's always barber college

Evil Angel - 545 matches
Bang Bros - 536 matches
Abby Winters - 459 matches
Vivid - 448 matches
Wicked - 433 matches
Penthouse - 351 matches
Hustler - 318 matches
White Ghetto - 303 matches
New Sensations/Digital Sin - 286 matches
Jules Jordan Video - 208 matches
Red Light District - 204 matches
Naughty America - 202 matches
Elegant Angel - 199 matches
Anabolic - 191 matches
Exquisite - 164 matches
Vouyer Media - 139 matches
Brazzers - 130 matches

Grade D

Is there a problem at home I need to know about?

Diabolic - 102 matches
VCA - 91 matches
Private - 90 matches
Score - 87 matches
21st Sextury - 80 matches
Smash Pictures - 80 matches
Zero Tolerance - 79 matches
JM Productions - 78 matches
Reality Kings - 77 matches
Metro - 73 matches
Swank Digital - 72 matches
Lethal Hardcore - 70 matches
Burning Angel - 68 matches
Sin City - 65 matches
Justin Slayer - 64 matches
Ninn Worx - 60 matches

Grade C

George Bush was a 'C' student too

Adam & Eve - 58 matches
Evasive Angles - 56 matches
Filmco / TTV - 56 matches
Avalon - 53 matches
3rd Degree - 50 matches
Black Ice - 50 matches
Homegrown - 48 matches
VCX - 48 matches
Seymore Butts - 46 matches
Amorz / Kokeshi - 43 matches
Sineplex - 41 matches
Anarchy - 40 matches
Heatwave - 35 matches
Channel 69 - 34 matches
Northstar - 32 matches
Black Market - 31 matches
Combat Zone - 31 matches
Oriental Dream Pictures - 31 matches
Sweetheart Video - 31 matches
Candy Shop - 30 matches

Grade B

You get an extra snack-pack in your lunch

Doghouse Digital - 29 matches
Mercenary Pictures - 29 matches
Evolution Erotica - 26 matches
Robert Hill - 26 matches
Cherry Boxxx - 25 matches
Kandi Peach - 24 matches
Devils Films - 22 matches
DVSX - 22 matches
Amateur District - 19 matches
West Coast Productions - 19 matches
Video X Pix - 18 matches
Teravision - 14 matches
Hundies - 13 matches
Dreamgirls - 12 matches

Grade A

Awww Momma is soooo proud of you!

Lezlove - 8 matches
Cinemaplay - 7 matches
Silver Sinema - 5 matches
Madness Pictures - 4 matches
Adult Source Media - 2 matches
Harmony Films - 2 matches
Cezar Capone - 0 matches * Operation: Takedown Piracy partner
Digital Playground - 0 matches * Operation: Takedown Piracy partner
Girlfriends Films - 0 matches * Operation: Takedown Piracy partner
Hush Hush Entertainment - 0 matches * Operation: Takedown Piracy partner
Kick Ass Pictures - 0 matches * Operation: Takedown Piracy partner
Pink Visual - 0 matches * Operation: Takedown Piracy partner
Shane's World - 0 matches * Operation: Takedown Piracy partner
Studio A Entertainment - 0 matches * Operation: Takedown Piracy partner
Third World Media - 0 matches * Operation: Takedown Piracy partner
Viv Thomas - 0 matches * Operation: Takedown Piracy partner

Now this is a very informal study.  You could make the case that the less in-demand studios will be pirated less and the more in-demand studios will obviously be more likely pirated.  There's no denying that.  But again I would point out that this site in question removes pirated material within 24 hours.  So there's no excuse for Evil Angel to have 520+ torrents up on this site.  It takes about 10 seconds to copy and paste a URL, so with about 90 minutes worth of work Evil Angel could make a huge dent....but for some reason they don't.

What's incredibly ironic is that just a few days ago I saw Jonni Darkko complaining about pirates on ADT.  What Jonni doesn't seem to realize is that the studio he works for does an absolutely terrible job of protecting his content online.  Hey Jonni...Darkko's Dirtiest Sluts and E for Eva have each been downloaded over 6000 times on this site alone.  Maybe if Evil Angel would be proactive and actually protect their content you wouldn't have as much to complain about.  But don't worry Jonni, Evil Angel "has someone for that" and apparently he's really doing a bang-up job.

I don't mean to bag on Evil Angel.  John Stagliano is clearly a brilliant man and one of the most-respected men in the history of our industry.  But this report shows that some of the largest studios in our industry are doing a terrible job of protecting their content.  The top 20% of studios make up 70% of all the results.  Can you imagine what would happen to online piracy if all of these studios would take this problem seriously and actually hire either me (Operation Takedown Piracy) or Eric (Remove Your Content)?  Or better yet...both of us?

So when you studios have had enough of getting your content ripped off, let me know.  In 4.5 months Operation: Takedown Piracy has removed over 90,000 infringing files on behalf of our partners.  With a little bit of effort we can move you out of that "F" Grade and help you get straight A's.

OTP keeps your content elusive and exclusive.  For less cost than you'd pay a minimum wage part-time worker we can remove your content from 100s of sites.  Hit me up for more details!

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