4:26 pm - 05/11/2014

Porn Actors Start Campaign To Save Their Struggling Industry

Adult performers have launched a campaign to encourage fans to pay for the porn they watch, rather than pirating videos on the internet.

The Pay For Your Porn campaign, backed by publishers Adult Empire, argues that piracy is hurting the industry, and that porn fans need to take responsibility for that if they want the industry to remain sustainable.

"Purchasing content ensures it’s better produced, delivered in higher quality formats, more secure, and fosters the creation of new adult content," the campaign argues. "Porn piracy hurts everyone, from the creators behind the scenes to the porn stars fans love to watch.

"Everybody needs to make a living – theft only helps take away the ability of the tens of thousands of people in the adult industry," it adds.

The campaign was launched just as the actor Samuel L Jackson sparked outrage among porn performers by naming porn sharing site RedTube as one of the best pop culture achievements of the past 50 years. Jackson's comments led the adult star Catalina Cruz to call for a boycott of his movies, telling the Avengers actor that "these sites are stealing whole members' areas and have to potential to kill an industry."

The adult performer and sex educator Jessica Drake is one of the actors launching the campaign. "I can speak first hand about the very real effects of piracy on the entertainment industry and the economy. Piracy is a very serious criminal activity," she says. "Theft is also a violation of personal consent and ethics."

Megan Wozniak, who works for Adult Empire, argues that porn is in a trickier position than most media industries. "Unfortunately, porn still has a stigma attached to it, so we know that we won’t ever receive help or support from legislatures, that’s why we decided to rally together this grassroots campaign on our own and spread the word."

But some "tube"-style sites, which mimic YouTube's model of user uploads and free streaming, are attempting to build their own sustainable business model. Porn.com's David Kay, who says he is "100% behind the campaign", argues that his site's pay-per-view scheme "keeps a lot of content owners in business," by offering a cut of the ad revenue to studios which upload their own videos and clips to the site's system.

Just as the movie and music industries were forced to adapt in the face of piracy, becoming more user-friendly to win back customers who were used to getting what they wanted for free, Kay says the porn industry needs to change as well. "The industry needs to adopt "Netflix" pricing," he says, "of $7-$10 per month as opposed to the standard $39.95 monthly that you commonly see. We switched to this pricing years ago and are one of the few companies still flourishing."

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myblackass 11th-May-2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
Good luck with that
purplelan 12th-May-2014 11:59 am (UTC)
totes_adorkable 11th-May-2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
dangerbuffalo 11th-May-2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
I've really been trying to pay for the media I download these days. I was pretty bad for a while, but I use the library when I can.

Porn fans are the worst, that they can't be bothered to pay for ppl fucking for their amusement
pacificway 11th-May-2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
I've been doing that, too. ie/ I'm buying cds if they're on sale at amazon, walmart, thrift stores, etc. to replace what I've already dld/borrowed from the library and ripped. It's kinda slow-going. lol
blahhhnata17 11th-May-2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
lol i used to go check out CDs and upload them to my laptop but my local library's CD selection sucks lately
dangerbuffalo 11th-May-2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
I did that with their CDs and DVDs! Ahaha, now i just rent them. I fucking love the library
hurtslikesanta 11th-May-2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
You continue to have flawless tastes, opinions, and actions. <3
lostinshalott 11th-May-2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
Tbh I don't pirate any music any more since I got my iphone it's just easier and more convinent to just buy tracks
rubyboots 11th-May-2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
yeah, no

if we're not going to pay to watch multi-billion dollar blockbuster films then why the hell would we pay to watch someone get fucked for 20 minutes?

good luck with that
wetnasty 11th-May-2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
20 mins is being generous...
saintssin 11th-May-2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
In that case, rip porn. Tbh, the future of the industry is going to be 99% amateur films posted without permission. And considering inventions like facial recognition will be pretty common, it could become a very, very creepy/invasive business.
feministtheory 11th-May-2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
it's already creepy and invasive.
senshicalico 12th-May-2014 12:47 am (UTC)
this is why I don't feel that much more comfortable with amateur porn. I'm always worried I'm watching someone being filmed without consent or someone ripped something off a cam site and uploaded it without permission (and therefore consent.)
nalaa1906 11th-May-2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
lol no
nene718 11th-May-2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
i'm surprised there isn't a netflix for porn yet
professor_chaos 11th-May-2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
no one is going to pay for porn when it's so easy to get it for free.
nene718 11th-May-2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
you could say that about tv and movies yet here we are in the age of netflix
totes_adorkable 11th-May-2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
i feel like if they took a lot of the larger higher quality sites and somehow were able to combine em all and offer unlimited hd streaming for like 7 dollars a month for the stuff that you can't usually find in full AND in HQ it could take off, if just for convenience's sake.
veritas_44 11th-May-2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
There is. I can't remember the name of it but I know for sure that I've seen it before.
sassi214 11th-May-2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
Years ago, like 2003, my then bf and I (now my husband) belonged to Sugar DVD, it was basically Netflix for porn. They didn't have streaming at that time, but maybe they do now?
We only belonged for a few months.
wetnasty 11th-May-2014 09:34 pm (UTC)

yeah not gonna happen, lol
professor_chaos 11th-May-2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
pirating porn is way easier than any other media tbh. i stopped paying for porn a while ago when I realized i could get it for free on several other sites, not even having to torrent them.
meghan_trainor 11th-May-2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
those online payment services that porn sites use are super sketchy
girlomega 11th-May-2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
there are a lot of payment systems like Paypal who won't let you use them for "adult services". so you gotta use the lesser known/slightly more sketchy ones that will allow it.

i can't even use PayPal to accept payment for Skype shows. some asshole customer reports me and my account will get shut down. artists who use PP for commissions, shouldn't really use it for the same reasons.

and Paypal is just the biggest name one out there.
celestinaketzia 11th-May-2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
Yeup, all it takes is a client with an vendetta to report an artist for doing porn art and bam no more Paypal. Happened to quite a few artists I know.

Tho I'm starting to like Squarecash.
senshicalico 12th-May-2014 12:50 am (UTC)
yup, paypal threw a huge fit about erotica authors a couple years ago. I don't trust PayPal and always move my money as soon as possible.
frances_t 12th-May-2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
IA-- I would be on board with this campaign if I didn't have a bad experience paying in the past. The site I bought for ended up emptying the Visa giftcard I used. $40 turned into $300, they robbed me blind and I couldn't get the money back without having to report to Visa that I was trying to buy porn...
gorlplz 11th-May-2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
amateur porn slays harder so boop

good luck tho sis!
manita_bestija 11th-May-2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
Porn piracy hurts everyone, from the creators behind the scenes to the porn stars fans love to watch.

um, no, the porn industry itself harms both the actors and real life people. sort out your human trafficking, rape, sexism, racism, transphobia and exploitation first then come to me crying about piracy.
headswillroll88 11th-May-2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
Ikr? And let's not act like most of the money goes to the creators who exploit their performers.
angel_dust_fury 11th-May-2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
cloudsnberries 11th-May-2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
sing it sis
keepitcrispy 11th-May-2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
Eh, apart from human trafficking, you could say the same thing about the music and movie industries. We still buy music and and go to the movies though.

OT: I love your icon. I only watched that Sia video for Maddie's crazy dancing.
wetnasty 11th-May-2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
supermishelle 11th-May-2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
Love this comment
greencancer 11th-May-2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
I second that
thewhowhatwhats 11th-May-2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
The uprise in "gonzo" porn, or the extreme ones where the women are brutalized and degraded, is because this. That's the only stuff that sells.
blumeii 11th-May-2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
yasss go off
rubybruiseday 11th-May-2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
exactly. let the porn industry die.
weatherstaff 11th-May-2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
this this this.
ayajedi 11th-May-2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
feministtheory 11th-May-2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
miamaimi 11th-May-2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
poetic_daze 11th-May-2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
lol nah
thetxbelle 11th-May-2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
A lot of people aren't going to pay for porn if only because they don't want the paper trail. Husband's who are whacking off at 3 am and college kid's whose bills are paid by mom and dad don't want it to show up on the credit card bill.

Edited at 2014-05-11 09:39 pm (UTC)
aria_grace 11th-May-2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Porn needs to figure out a way to make it subtle to pay for porn, then it might work.
4o5pastmidnight 12th-May-2014 04:07 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how porn does this, but I know that the websites where I buy sex toys and condoms use vague company names on billing and shipping forms, so I've never had a problem with that.
paarycia 11th-May-2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
arcticmonkeys 11th-May-2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
complisult 12th-May-2014 01:06 am (UTC)
I used to work at a porno store and my checks came from [City Name] Gifts, ha. It wouldn't be too hard for porn companies to set up innocuous sounding parent companies.
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