Hello everyone, this is a 1st for me, a special interview with a new enforcement agency that is primarily protecting Spanking Sites, many like myself are sick to our back teeth of the blatent and damaging piracy that is starting to get out of control. It’s no longer the little guy just sharing some files or content anymore, it’s now about certain individuals and organized crime making huge profit from the hard working producers who are seriously thinking about quitting as they can not afford to go on. So as many producers finally start to fight back, I thought I’d interview the founder of Porno Police, Jim Weiss, who is helping to fight the fight and let you all know a little more about what his company does and why it is so needed in the industry!
Chief: “Hi Jim, thank you for taking time out to answer some questions, I know this is a serious topic we’re dealing with here, I’m going to make a statement then ask questions if I may.”
Spanking producers have noticed the alarming increase in file sharing over the last few years making the niche even more difficult to exist in. I am well aware that times for almost all producers/promoters are very lean, which ultimately means less content being produced so these pirates are killing the niche that they are feeding off.
Chief: “Following that statement… What is your option of file sharing sites and those individuals that use these companies for selfish financial gain?”
Jim: “Your question is twofold, first I would like to talk about the file servers part in this, I am very down on file server sites, first off the file servers all state that the do not allow any porn and or adult files on their servers, I find that amusing as the majority of their files are just that. Without the adult community these file serving companies would be out of business. Now onto the file sharing sites, I find these sites absolutely disgusting, that they feel it is OK to take someone else’s hard work, time & money away from them just so they can give it away for free!
Then on top of that the file sharing sites profit from the stolen content by means of getting kickbacks from the file server sites.”
Chief: “I have seen a few anti piracy sites and those aiming to help producers with copyright infringement and wholesale on line theft, how did you decide to start up this site?”
Jim: “I was doing an adult search for my Father-in-law, when I noticed that everything you could buy was also available for free. I then had an epiphany – I searched the web to see if anyone was doing anything about it, only a handful of legal firms that charged way too much and don’t guarantee their work & one site that came and went in the UK several years ago. I then decided that someone needed to take a stand, so I spent a good year setting up contacts with the file servers, hosting companies and ISP’s, INTERPOL & other interbational agencies around the globe. Then about 2 months ago I launched PornoPolice.net – I now enforce 58 sites, and more are joining daily.”
Chief: “Could you let us know what the DMCA & EUCD is and why it is there?”
Jim: “OK, here goes…” *deep breath* ” The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet. Passed on October 12, 1998 by a unanimous vote in the United States Senate and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 28, 1998, the DMCA amended Title 17 of the United States
Code to extend the reach of copyright, while limiting the liability of the providers of on-line services for copyright infringement by their users.
On May 22, 2001, the European Union passed the Copyright Directive or (EUCD), which addresses some of the same issues as the DMCA. The DMCA’s principal innovation in the field of copyright, the exemption from direct and indirect liability of Internet service providers and other intermediaries (Title II of the DMCA), was separately addressed, and largely followed, in Europe by means of the separate Electronic Commerce Directive. (Unlike U.S. federal laws and regulations, the execution of European Union directives usually requires
separate legislation by or within each of the Union’s member states.)
Jim: “Lets just say I enjoy the scene from the Top down.” *wink*
Chief: “OK, so we have established that you have a keen interest in our kink, as I had noticed that the sites so far being protected are all spanking related, is there another reason for this?”
Jim: “Just the luck of the draw, my goal is to enforce the entire adult community, fetish, straight, gay, gonzo, etc…”
Chief: “Sounds fair… I asked as I see that Dallas & Tony from Shadow Lane were early bird sign ups, did they contact you or did you contact them?”
Jim: “I contacted Dallas, of Dallas Spanks Hard, then Dallas starting telling others about the site and what we do, and all those he contacted were in the spanking genre, Shadow Lane signed with us as a result of Dallas, Tony from Shadow Lane then told others, who told others and so on like Mike from Real-Life-Spankings.com who told you about us, and I hope that you will also tell others about us and what we do.”
Chief: “Yup I already have and I hope this interview will help those other producers to check you out or call other producers too!”
Chief: “Could you also inform our readers why file sharing will kill this business if something isn’t done?”
Jim: “File Sharing is like the plague, if you don’t stop it, then everything will be given away for free, and nobody will be left in business, if you can get it for free, why should you buy it? It’s human nature!”
Chief: “Indeed! Seems certain pirates forget the high costs we pay to hire models, locations, time spent editing, the “no shows” and cancellations which means we lose more money from pre booked and paid locations…the time promoting and so on. Which leads me to my next question. Some pirates feel that producers in spanking are all lucky guys all driving Porsches and lighting up huge Havana cigars with $100 bills. Of course this is ridiculous and in fact I know for a fact some of these sharers are making far more than the producers they are ripping off. Have you got long term plan for the various forums and sharers that are ripping us all off?”
Jim: “SHUT THEM DOWN!!! & destroy their credibility.”
Chief: *laughs* “I know that many producers are awaiting the demise of companies like Hotfile who face a huge lawsuit – do you think this will help our case against file sharing & the individuals who persistently and blatantly flout international copyright law?”
Jim: “The legal issues need to be met, to send a message, do I think it will help? No… & the reasoning for this is simple: When a big site gets a lawsuit, hundreds of new sites will pop up to take their place as they know that with all resources going into the big sites, their reasoning will be there won’t be anyone to stop them from making a few Bucks, they are also wrong in that thought as PornoPolice.net will always be on their heels from now on!”
Chief: “Sickening, isn’t it? So just how many file sharing sites are out there?”
Jim: “Did you know that there are over 200,000 file sharing companies online right now? There’s new ones appearing daily!”
Chief: “Good grief! That’s ridiculous! I had no idea! Which brings me to ask your opinion of what you think might happen with illegal file sharing on the internet over the next few years either way?”
Jim: “If all goes well we will be out of business as we will have then sent out a very strong message that Piracy does not work!”
Chief: “Well, not wishing ill on you Jim, I hope your crusade does exactly that sooner rather than later! What I found fascinating is your work with INTERPOL. Without giving anything away too much (of course), which might harm your cases in Russia/China/Ukraine or wherever it is, can you let us know how that will help producers in the long term? Have the ISPs and authorities in these countries now started to act more responsibly?”
Jim: “Yes they have, when you interject INTERPOL which is the world police… Russia, India who we are also working with a strong message is sent to their ISP’s that if they don’t work with us at PornoPolice.net that they can and WILL be shutdown, & now possibly go to jail for fraud! It is a wakeup call to them!”
Chief: “How many sites/blogs and forums have you shut down over the last month?”
Jim: “We are pleased to say with the help of INTERPOL, and the hosting providers we took the #2 fetish torrent offline, PolarTeddyBear.info, we had also shut down well over 60 blogs and 7 forums this month, as we are working closely with the companies that now also make the forum software!”
Chief: Yeah, I recognize that name *sigh*… I actually hope they read this as it’s good to hear these guys will find life far more difficult and it WILL get more difficult for them! Apart from the above person who we in the industry know, have you identified any serious file sharing individuals that we producers also talk about on a regular basis?” (Forums and usernames etc with held for obvious reasons!)
Jim: “Yes we have, we currently track hundreds of them and their time is coming!” *see above info on INTERPOL
Chief: “As a producer myself, we realize that going through all the many links and torrent sites/forums is a slow process to start with and issuing the DMCA’s etc, could you tell us your biggest success so far, if that’s possible?”
Jim: “We know when the Pirates post, where they post and then we send out our clients DMCA/EUCD Letters.
Chief: “Are you planning on protecting other niche copyright contents?”
Jim: “Yes, our companies full name is DMCA Enforcers, LLC – we are currently forging relationships with the Indie Film Industries, as well as Software, Gaming & Media.”
Chief: “When you’re not busting pirate ass, what do you like to do in your spare time?”
Jim: “I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the movies and car shows with my son.”
Chief: “Jim, how does the pirate get the information to place on the torrents?”
Jim: “That is a great question, let me answer that for you. First off, you have got what are called Leechers, they are the ones that buy the trial memberships or the one month memberships, they join and use free open source software that lets them rip your entire website of everything in about 20 minutes. Then they cancel the membership and usually do a charge back to boot. Next the Leecher, sells your content to a Seeder who then places it all over the torrents so others can view it for free, now there is a catch to all of this, many of the torrent sites give a cash kickback to the seeders and so do the file sharing companies. That is why Piracy is out of control as the average seeder can make over $100,000 yearly for very little work.
Chief: “Wow! & on that bombshell, I have to say this has been an informative interview on what goes on in the murky world of piracy and counter piracy. Thank you for taking time out to let my readership know a little more about this often overlooked menace that is starting to seriously impact on many producers!
Jim: “No, Chief, thank you for the interview, I enjoyed it immensely.”
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