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An interesting question popped up on my Facebook page today regarding the proliferation of both amateur porn sites and pirated adult films. I’ve been mulling over a blog post about this for a while, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to actually sit down and write one. The question, posed by one Christopher M., reads as follows:

openquoteRecently I had a very colorful encounter with a porn star (I ain’t naming names) but he had brought up the problem with free sites, saying that they are evil and he will be ready to to sue at any moment. My question to you: Do you think that those free porn sites are a legitimate threat to your livelihood, or is it not really that bad?

It’s an excellent question. I wouldn’t say it’s a threat to my livelihood, per se. Porn is more of a “side job” for me; I already have a great career in IT at a very supportive company (and yes, they know all about the porn). But I’d say the studios are definitely feeling an effect.

Don't let these become a thing of the past!

Don’t let these become a thing of the past!

There are two factors at play here. The first comes from the proliferation of amateur sites like XTube. I think that sites with self-shared amateur content do take some of the audience away from the more polished product that the studios produce. And sure, I like watching amateur porn once in a while. But I believe that there’s still — and always will be — a market for adult films of a higher production caliber, so in that sense the studios will always have a place in this industry.

A greater threat comes from sites that proliferate pirated content. Obviously, the studios are in the business of selling their films. Take away that revenue stream and the studios suffer, or even shutter their doors. That presents a dilemma for the people who download pirated films. It’s pretty clear from a litigious perspective that the distribution of those films is illegal, and it’s possible that obtaining such illegally-distributed material is illegal as well (see the Wikipedia article on the legal aspects of file sharing for an overview). Beyond that, people who download movies instead of paying for them — and these are presumably people who like more polished content, or else they wouldn’t be downloading it — are depriving the studios of the income they need to stay afloat. So while those people might be getting their “quick fix” of good porn for free, they’re damaging the source of that porn by doing so. In time, there could be no more high-quality porn to download. So the dilemma is this: Support the studios (which isn’t too much of a burden… heck, at jointitan.com you can join for as little as 27 cents a day) and keep the high-quality porn coming for a long time, or get it for free now and not be able to get it at all down the road. It’s up to you, of course… but to me, the former sounds preferable to the latter.

12 replies
  1. Anna
    Anna says:

    Jesse – I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I think this is a really interesting point, and it’s clearly a problem that’s hitting a lot of industries at the moment. The fellow writers I work alongside are constantly trying to get our books off the pirate sites, and friends in the music industry have the same issue. Although the internet is an amazing tool, we need to figure out this pirating thing before there’s no original content left because no one can afford to produce it any more.

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  2. Lorraine
    Lorraine says:

    People who do obtain films, music or even books through this method seem to think it’s ok as it’s an invisible crime they think if they can’t see the effect it isn’t really a bad thing they are doing. I tend to look at the bigger picture, if I was to download anything from pirate sites, I feel I’d be stealing from the studio, author or whoever made the product. I do believe it is theft and at the end of the day the people who provide these products have a living to make and it isn’t fair to them to put effort into their art just to have it stolen

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  3. Barry
    Barry says:

    No one likes to have their livelihood jeopardized by people simply giving it away. What they can’t ever be is YOU and the others that create pleasure in an adult fashion. You help create something real instead of fantasy. The studios must stay ahead of the curve and keep staying true to who they are. They may lose the fringe viewers but those of us who appreciate you and your craft will always be loyal.

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  4. Adam
    Adam says:

    Though I agree with your point about free sites putting a dent into the profits of some production companies revenue, I don’t blame people for taking advantage of free anything in this economy. If more people made the connection between production costs and why it would be beneficial for one to pay for their videos you would most definitely see a shift towards people buying content as opposed to gettin what they can for free (you’ve changed my opinion on the matter). As far as music downloading goes, I have no problem with obtaining music for free and consider it a non issue. Most artists, especially up and coming DIY bands are able to get their name out there much quicker. On top of that, most bands make their money selling merch and through ticket costs (though this can get tricky with greedy venue owners). All the kids I knew who were in bands in high school were able to keep themselves fed and had a bit of spending money on top of that. Actually, the local music scene in massachusetts can be very profitable for bands and booking agents while keeping overall costs down. Most shows I go to still cost no more than 20 dollars at most.

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  5. Adam
    Adam says:

    If major record labels weren’t so Goddamn greedy than you’d see a major shift in record sales vs. “Illegal” downloading of content. Unless costs go down, this trend will only continue, especially as the youth become more tech savvy. Most millenials get their music for free these days and who could blame us? The economy is doing horribly, with nearly 40% of college graduates living at home with mortgage sized debts over our heads. If I can get get something for free that I Want with nothing more than the click of a mouse, I’ma do it goddamn it.

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  6. Sam Glass Jr.
    Sam Glass Jr. says:

    Unfortunately, Jesse, the message falls mostly on deaf ears. Because the technology exists that enables consumers to get something ‘for free’, we now have a generation that feels entitled to pay absolutely nothing for content, whether they feel like it’s worth paying for or not. The “GOTTA HAVE IT NOW” addiction, that sense of instant gratification, demands to be fed, with no regard or consideration of what awaits down the road. I am afraid that the future ahead is exactly as you’ve foretold it…in fact, some of it is happening NOW. Recycled, remade, repurposed garbage dredged and slapped together from greater, original works, because artists, performers, writers and producers find themselves making less and less money and receiving less and less acclaim or satisfaction for having created something original, that no one feels like they ever have to pay for.

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  7. Adam
    Adam says:

    The main reason recording artists are making less money these days has more to do with predatory contracts from major labels and inadequate sharing of profits, not necessarily file sharing. Many truly talented up and coming artists encourage fans to file share their music as a means to get their name out there. Lorde and hip hop duo the Underachievers are examples of artists who’ve used new media as a means to compensate for their lack of ability to distribute their music (though Lorde is now signed to a major label). Artists such as Metallica have taken a stance against file sharing because years of living in affluence have made them greedy, money hungry industry pawns.

    As far as porn goes, you’ll never get rid of free clips and amateur home made movies but drawing the connection between the purchasing of pornography, production quality and the survival of the industry as Jesse has then you’ll see more people, young and old alike, buy videos as opposed to utilizing all the free sites out there. He changed my view on the matter, and now I’ll buy more videos from now on.

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    • Craig
      Craig says:

      As far as music, most artist only release singles because people are not buying full albums, and what you’re forgetting is that artist 1 only receive a small percentage from the sale of an album they make their money from touring, and some from publishing…..you’re song maybe downloaded a million times but the majority of that 0.99 is going to the record company…as for Metallica, how would you like to create art and not get paid for it, are you willing to give you’re music away for free?

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  8. Mark F.
    Mark F. says:

    Here’s something to think about: Leaving aside the legal/ethical issues, a lot of people are unable or unwilling to pay much for professional content. We live in an era where people can get thousands of movies on Netflix for $9 a month. If you had a foolproof way to end unauthorized porn copying, many people would just go without much professional porn, rather than paying for the content. The DVD/VHS era got the porn business spoiled, with enough individuals and rental stores willing to pay up to $100 for a movie to keep a lot of people rolling in dough. That’s over for good. And here’s a question. Would you rather have people watching you and not paying or not watching you at all? I’d be kind of flattered that thousands of men all over the world were jacking off to my films, even if they were “pirated.”

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  9. Mark F.
    Mark F. says:

    I realize a Titan membership is not all that expensive (I have one), but there is nothing like a $9 a month Netflix service for porn. Sampling the wares of all of the porn studios will cost you hundreds a month.

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