Connecting the dots – Brazzers and tube sites

Amongst the online community, there is a general belief that Brazzers either owns and/or operates several tube sites that feature mostly content from other studios being used without the studios permission to the benefit of Brazzers. However, there are still those, that seem to want to deny that Brazzers has anything to do with Tube Sites. So to clear up any doubt for those people…I’ll connect the dots for you:

Here is the WHOIS info for Brazzers’ webmaster affiliate program Juggcash.com. WHOIS is basically the ‘Ownership’ information for websites. You won’t be able to get this information from sites like GoDaddy.com anymore as Brazzers has decided to make that information hidden. Luckily for us, there are things like WHOIS cache on DomainTools.com that shows you what a site’s WHOIS info was before it was hidden. Here’s Juggcash’s WHOIS:

Whois Info for JuggCash: 2006-01-14
Domain name: juggcash.com
Administrative Contact:
Mansef Productions Inc.
Mansef Productions ([email protected])
+1.5142545120
Fax: none
6020 Jean-Talon Est suite 325
Montreal, H1S3B1
CA
Now here is the WHOIS for PornHub.com. Again, this information is now unavailable since it has been made hidden, but thanks to WHOIS Cache on DomainTools we can get this info:
PornHub.com – Whois Cache Date: 2007-03-02 (the day before the whois turned private)
Administrative Contact [583979]:
Matt Keez
[email protected]
6020 Jean Talon est suite 325
Montreal
AZ
H1S 3B1
CA
Phone: +1.5142582097

Notice that the address is the SAME. That’s a pretty direct connection right there. But also, remember that name KEEZ…it’s going to come up again.

Here’s another tube site : Keezmovies.com. Name sound familiar?

Scroll down to the bottom of that page and click on “Advertise”. It reads:

“If you would like to book a spot on Pornhub, please visit www.trafficjunky.net

So if you click on Advertise on Keezmovies.com you are asked that if you want to advertise on PORNHUB to contact a company named traffic junky.

Coincidence or not…one of the few comments from a user named “Brazzer” on GFY says of tube sites:

“Its just a traffic junky game right now that those people are playing”

Oh and Traffic Junky’s phone number is: 514-382-8966…guess where area code 514 is….Montreal. What a coincidence.

So a guy with an email address from Brazzers.com is the admin contact for Pornhub, and that same guy seems to have a tube site with his name that is selling advertising for Pornhub and is also listed as being part of the Brazzers Network on many of their sites like Asslisting.com. That draws a pretty big connection between PornHub, Keezmovies, Brazzers, and this Matt Keez guy, operating out the same exact address and being the contact for each others websites.

Now here’s another WHOIS, this time for Tube1.com:

Tube1.com – Whois Cache Date: 2008-06-04 (the day before the whois turned private)
Administrative Contact:
Matt Keez
Matt Keez ([email protected])
+1.5143899992
Fax: –
9001 Lacadie Blvd
Suite 701
Montreal, QUEBEC H4N 3H5
CA

There’s our buddy Matt Keez again. And when you go to Tube1.com you are automatically redirected to, not surprisingly, Keezmovies.com. But the important thing to notice here is that we have a new email address to track Mr. Keez down by “[email protected]

A Google search for that email address yielded this gem:

http://www.btmon.com/Video/Movies/The.Hills.Have.Eyes_2006_Unrated.Edition_DvDrip_Eng_-aXXo.torrent.5.html

It’s a bit torrent search site, AKA the kind of place that people looking to find pirated content go. Now scroll down and read the comments, there’s one from someone named “Bosco_Bosco” asking:

“hey aXXo…….can u contact me Via my email or ICQ [email protected] have something to offer you …you will want to concider.it involves Making some moneyLater.waiting for you email.”

aXXo is one of the most prolific rippers/uploaders of Hollywood movies for torrent sites. Why would Keez/Bosco and/or Brazzers want to have anything to do with him?

After not getting a response “Bosco” tells aXXo that he can also contact him at [email protected] Doing a WHOIS on allvideoservices.com yields:

Domain name: allvideoservices.com
Administrative Contact:
Manster Med
Steph M ([email protected])
+1.7185555555
Fax:
7480 Ridgefield Lane
Lake Worth, 33467
CA

Notice the “Manster Med”…sounds a lot like “Mansef Productions” which is the administrative contact for Brazzers’ websites.

Now take a look at the address used in the WHOIS for allvideoservices.com:

7480 Ridgefield Lane
Lake Worth

Do a google search for “7480 Ridgefield Lane Lake Worth” or just click here. Here’s some interesting results:

Domain name: brazzerpass.com
Administrative Contact:
Manster Med
Steph M ()
+1.7185555555
Fax:
7480 Ridgefield Lane
Lake Worth, FLORIDA 33467
CA

and…

Domain name: sexinyourcity.com
Administrative Contact:
Manster Media
NA NA ()
+1.5146351444
Fax:
7480 Ridgefield Lane
Lake Worth, FL 33467
US

By the way, Sexinyourcity.com has ads ALL OVER various piracy sites.

Also, remember that other tube site Keezmovies.com? At the bottom of that page there are a few hardlinks (links with no affiliate codes) to various adult sites…one of which is Camhub.com. Doing a WHOIS on Camhub.com gives you this info:

Administrative Contact:

Danny G ()
+1.5555555555
Fax: –
123 Whatever
Beverly Hills, 90210
US

Email address look familiar? It should. It’s the same one as the one on allvideoservices.com and brazzerpass.com. [email protected] Stephane…as in Stephane Manos…the #2 man in the Brazzers food chain and the “MAN” in Mansef.

(According to Mansef’s own website the CEO is Ouissam Youseff and the sales director is Stephane Manos. I’m making an educated guess that they named the company Mansef using a combination of both of their last names. – Note you’ll have to “View Source” on that page)

And Google searching for Ouissam Youssef and our buddy Keez yields a whole buncha Foosball matches, alongside their sometimes foosball partner…Stephane Manos. So when the boys aren’t busy running tube sites and putting ads on piracy sites…they manage to work in some foosball into their free time.

Now let’s go waaaay back to that message from “bosco” on the torrent site. He gives an ICQ # to contact him (ICQ is like AOL Instant Messenger)…he says “contact me Via my email or ICQ 322145026”

Let’s Google Search that ICQ number shall we?

Here’s a hit from GFY where “Bosco” is searching for traffic trades for Brazzers sites and now also including the email address “[email protected]” and “[email protected]

Here’s a hit from Xnations.com showing “Bosco” is a webmaster located in Montreal. Same city that Juggcash and Pornhub’s WHOIS were listed as being from. He also uses the Yahoo nickname “Mustang_Danny_2_0″…and the technical contact on CamsHub.com was named “Danny G”, might just be a coincidence…lot of people named Dan…so let’s look at some of Bosco’s comments on that forum:

well who ever would like to attend, now is the time to let me know Via email ” [email protected] ” so i can put them on the guest list.” Just another connection to the allvideoservices.com address and site.

bottom line….Go Leafs! …screw the habs and juggcash rules!” Another connection to Juggcash/Brazzers.

And quite possibly the statement that sums up everything Brazzers is all about:

In my opinion, i don’t care what site owners do.
As a webmaster still pushing galleries and sending traffic to site owners/programs , the only thing i care about is making money.
Wow…just wow.

From that same forum…here’s “cheeks” AKA Stephane Manos (the MAN in Mansef along with Ouissam Youseff who is the “SEF”) feeling out webmasters as to what lengths they’ll go to support a sponsor before dropping them:

When you guys notice that a sponsor is doing shit, do you stop promotiong him immediatly or do you do some changes

I guess he was trying to determine how much bullshit tactics Brazzers could do before affiliates may revolt.

Here’s another hit for Bosco’s ICQ #. This is an ad for a trade show taking place…where else…Montreal…and sponsored by…you guessed it Brazzers and Juggcash. Shocking coincidence.

Here’s another match. This time it’s a forum where “Bosco” is asking to be unbanned for some pop up ads on a sponsor site. Again confirms the connection between “Bosco” and Brazzers.

Now if you do a Google search for “Bosco” on the domain “pornhub.com”, you’ll find a profile for someone named “Bosco” who just happens to live in….wait for it…..Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This individual has even uploaded a few vids, the most of which are videos with affiliate codes from……wait for it……Brazzers.

Now I found it interesting when going through the comments on this user’s account that there was one asking “Did you go to the Pornhub party?” Hmmm, Pornhub has parties? They sure do, and they even have a profile for Pornhub Parties.

On the PornHub Parties profile there are several photo albums from previous parties. So far they’ve all taken place in one city….you guessed it…Montreal. Shocker.

I decided to go look at some of the oldest comments on this profile and there is one from a user named “Dice”. That caught my eye because in all the “Sponsored Videos from JulesJordan.com” clips on PornHub, the affilliate code includes the phrase “diceman”. According to Pornhub’s Alexa page, [email protected] is the contact email for the site.

Also the way their user profile system works is that as you sign up you are given a number in the order that you signed up. Dice is user #30, Pornhub Parties is 490,000 something. So just outta curiousity, I decided to see who was #1, #2, etc.

#1 is a user named “dwarakanath” So I decided to go look at some of the 1200+ videos that this guy has uploaded. I decided to check out his earliest uploads. All of them have affiliate code links on them…for….wait for it…..Brazzers. Even though the clips are not even Brazzers movies! Apparently dwarakanath helps run the site as well, as he left this comment on another profile:

The reason why we had to delete the account was due to copyright infringement. In that case, we have to take immediate action to remove the content that infringes the owner’s rights.

User #4 is someone named “trogdor” who just happens to be from the beautiful city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada amazingly enough. He hasn’t uploaded as many videos, in fact he’s just uploaded the 1…and of course…it has a Brazzers affiliate code. Apparently trogdor helps run the site as comments left for him refer to him asking users how to make Pornhub better, etc. Oh and the first “Friend” added by Trogdor…”Dice”, figures. Oh and I found a comment from trogdor on another user’s account. Our good buddy “Bosco”…in fact…it’s the very first comment, what are the chances? trogdor also makes a comment about deleting videos if they have any doubt as to the age of the girls…but I thought that these sites claimed that they can’t monitor the all the “user uploaded” content?

User #7 has just uploaded one video, but oddly enough it is the exact same video as one of the videos uploaded by Bosco, but I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

So there you have it. I think there’s enough linkage to make even the most in-denial Brazzers apologists admit that Brazzers has a LOT to do with tube sites. We have Brazzers and Pornhub with the same exact address. We have a guy named Keez who clearly works for Brazzers who also has a tube site and on that tube site there’s an option to buy advertising on Pornhub. We’ve got the company selling Pornhub advertising, Brazzers, Pornhub, etc all based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. And we’ve even got some pretty questionable tactics where a Brazzers rep wanted to do business with the most prolific Hollywood movie pirate on the torrent scene. And you have a whole lot of Brazzers/Pornhub “coincidences” going on on pornhub.com.

Now I can’t take credit for all this work, the guys at GFY.com did a LOT of the research, especially the WHOIS stuff, and they should be thanked for taking the time to unravel the maze of companies and websites that Brazzers has used. The rest I was able to get by doing simple Google searches.

And keep in mind that this doesn’t even BEGIN to scratch the surface of how Brazzers has ads all over the tube sites, either for Brazzers or their dating site SexInYourCity.com or their new porn sites Mofos.com.

Based upon this body of evidence, what do you guys think? Does Brazzers have anything to do with tube sites?

There’s more to piracy than just tube sites

There’s a lot of adult studios bitching about piracy these days, but if you listen to them, they seem to get locked in on tube sites and completely disregard the other ways digital piracy is killing our bottom lines. To give you an idea, a recent conversation between myself and a very impassioned adult studio representative went something like this:

Nate: “Yeah and it’s not just tube sites, I mean I could download every single one of your movies the week they come out on some of the torrent sites.”

Studio Rep: “What’s a torrent?”

Another recent conversation about porn-sharing forums went something like this:

Nate: “Dude you guys are getting killed on the porn sharing forums too!”

Studio Rep: “Forums? Like ADT?”

Nate: “No, not like ADT.”

Well for those of you that don’t know what a torrent site or a porn-sharing forum is…here ya go:

Torrent sites are true peer 2 peer filesharing sites. I’ll give you an example of how torrents work. Let’s use “Johnny” as our would-be internet pirate. Johnny gets his hands on a DVD of Big Wet Asses 15, and he takes it home and copies it to his computer (this is called ‘ripping’ in the piracy world).

Johnny re-encodes the video and breaks it up into 2 parts where each part is just the right size to be burned/copied to a blank CD. Then Johnny makes a .torrent file. The .torrent file basically contains information saying “This is Big Wet Asses 15, it’s from Elegant Angel, it’s got Gianna, and Johnny is the person that ripped it and if you want to download it, here’s the code you need to know.” Though it says all those things in a very computer-technical way, that’s the gist of the file’s contents. Think of it like a big .zip file.

Each .torrent file has what is called a “info hash” ID, you can think of this like the VIN for your car or your Social Security Number. It’s unique to that one file, and no other file has that same sequence of numbers. Johnny uses a torrent program like Bit Torrent (similar to iTunes) and he makes his copy of Big Wet Asses 15 available to people (this is called ‘seeding’ in the torrent world). Then Johnny goes to a torrent site and he uploads his .torrent file.

Joe Schmo comes along and goes, hmmmm…let’s see what’s new…oh Big Wet Asses 15…looks good…I want it. He downloads the .torrent file and it says to his bit torrent software: “here’s the info hash ID for that file, let’s look for other people that have it…hey Johnny has that movie…we’ll start downloading it from him.”

Eventually someone else comes along and wants Big Wet Asses 15 too, so they start downloading it…but now they are getting part of it from Johnny and part of it from Joe Schmo. This increases as more people want the file, and more people offer it. Eventually there’s a bunch of people who have the full movie (called Seeders) and a bunch of people still in the process of getting it (called Leechers). This collection of people is called “the swarm”, and a healthy swarm has a ratio of more givers than takers. Think of this like checkout stands at the grocery store. If there’s 100 people trying to check out and there’s 1 register open…it’s going to take you a long time. But if there were 200 registers open, you’d breeze right through.

This all might sound kinda technical but it’s actually quite easy. If enough people are seeding a file, you can easily download a full DVD copy in a few hours depending on your internet speed. After you’re done downloading it, you keep sharing it with the people still trying to complete their download. In fact, most sites require users to share in order to stay active. If you don’t share with other people, they cut you off. This keeps new users able to get just about anything they want, just as long as they give back of course.

What’s really tricky for you as a copyright owner is that the torrent site doesn’t actually have Big Wet Asses 15 anywhere on their servers, the movie itself only resides on each individual’s computer, like Johnny and Joe Schmo’s. However, recent cases have been won against torrent sites for aiding in copyright infringement, so most torrent sites now comply with DMCA notices just to cover their butts. So for adult studios there’s no reason for your content to be on many of these torrent sites because many of those sites would have taken it down, if only you had sent a DMCA for it. Many of those sites will then add your company to their list of “Forbidden Content” meaning that users are instructed NOT to upload anything from your company, and if they do, they risk being banned. What’s even better is that if the site you are sending a DMCA for is a private site (meaning that the .torrents on their site are not uploaded anywhere else), sending a DMCA for it effectively kills that .torrent completely. Everyone that has/wants that file, can no longer get it.

Ok, I explained to you how the torrent sites work, now let’s move on to the forums.

The forums are similar to the forums you’ve no doubt heard of like AdultDVDTalk.com and XXXPorntalk.com, however the porn filesharing forums serve a more nefarious purpose. Their only purpose is the trading of porn between users, for free. These sites get tremendous traffic with some in the top 1000 websites in the WORLD according to Alexa. So what motivates people to go to these sites and give away porn for free?

Money.

These visitors don’t do this out of the goodness of their hearts. No, they are actually making money off of your titles. And I’m not just talking about the site owners, I’m talking about the USERS, or more specifically, the UPLOADERS.

You see, there are websites called “File Hosting” sites that are solely designed for the storage of files of all types. Got a big document you can’t email, pictures from your vacation, you name it…you can upload it there and give Mom and Dad the links to download the pictures. The problem is that these sites are most often used for the purpose of hosting copyrighted content. And most of these sites actually PAY users for how many downloads they get. Let’s use a hypothetical example:

Let’s say Johnny gets his hands on a DVD of Homegrown Video 700. Johnny takes it home, copies it to his computer and re-encodes it. Now, Johnny goes to a site like Rapidshare.com and uploads his copy of Homegrown Video 700. Johnny now goes to a whole bunch of forums and posts “Hey guys, you can download Homegrown Video 700 for free at http://www.rapidshare.com/123456/Homegrown Video 700.zip”. For every person that downloads Johnny’s copy of Homegrown Video 700, the site will pay him money, providing he reaches certain thresholds. Most file hosting sites pay users $10 for every 1000 downloads they pull in. There’s other variables like the size of the file, the uploaders previous history, what country the download came from, but the $10 for 1000 formula is pretty average. Instead of money, some other sites give the uploader “points” that they can use to buy “Premium Accounts” which they can then resell for profit. With a premium account, you get faster download speeds, no waiting to download, and anything you upload won’t get deleted for inactivity. And with the points program, there’s no 1000 downloads threshold that need be achieved.

Think 1000 downloads is impossible? There are threads on some of these forums with upwards of 100,000 views. On one of the main forums I monitor, there are about 700 new postings every single day, with almost all of them reaching at least 200 views….that day. And keep in mind, that’s just one site. If Johnny’s smart, he’s going to post his links on all the high-traffic forums.

Now if Johnny can get 1000 downloads from a big forum, plus 1000 downloads combined from the other 4 or 5 forums he also post links in….Johnny just made $20 off of Homegrown Video 700. And if Homegrown doesn’t send a DMCA notice, Johnny will continue to accumulate downloads over time. Of course Johnny isn’t going to limit himself to just 1 title or 1 studio. If Johnny can do the same thing for 100 titles this week or even for the whole month, well you do the math. Ok, I’ll do the math…it’s $2000. For most of these uploaders the strategy is to get as much stuff uploaded, and let the downloads keep accumulating over time since most studios don’t even know about this problem (since we’re all focused on the tubes).

But you’re saying to me…I’ve never heard of Rapidshare.com, who uses that? Well, here’s a fact that should wake you up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat…only fifteen other websites IN THE ENTIRE FREAKING WORLD get more traffic than Rapidshare! That’s right…more people go to Rapidshare.com than go to Microsoft.com, Ebay.com, Craigslist.org, Amazon.com, AOL.com, CNN.com, Apple.com, ESPN.com, and NYTimes.com. Rapidshare is #15 in the world in total traffic, #14 is Twitter, so Rapidshare is almost as popular as freaking Twitter!

And rest assured if you are an adult studio, every single one of your titles is up there. And your New Releases will be on there either on the street date or within the 1st week. It will happen, no matter how much you wish otherwise. Groups actually compete to see who will be the first to upload your movies, so for them, there’s no ‘cherry-picking’ movies, they want them all, and they will get them.

Now, it’s also my belief that the forums and torrent sites work hand in hand. Meaning that in my example above, I think many “Johnny’s” out there get the movie first from the torrent sites, and then re-upload it to the file hosting sites and then spread the links over the forums. Getting a handle on both of these is very important.

What’s the good news? Well, unlike torrent sites, file hosting sites are actually HOSTING the material, so they must comply with DMCA notices or risk a lawsuit. Which is why all of them comply with DMCA notices and extremely fast. And many of them actually add the file to a filter that will not only prohibit that file from being re-uploaded, but it will force the removal of all copies of that same file. For example, if Johnny uploaded a 1.45 megabyte file of Homegrown Video stills, and Joe Schmo uploaded that same file, one DMCA notice sent for Johnny’s file would force the removal of Joe Schmo’s file as well.

I’ve been incredibly effective at cleaning up the forums for my piracy partners. Uploaders are tying to get clever and they are trying to use program to hide the urls of files, but so far none of them have worked to evade me. They try to be cheeky and use name schemes like “[email protected]@”, but I find them nonetheless. Their attempts to evade me show me that my efforts are working.

This is just another way that we’re all being killed by piracy. Everyone knows about the tubes, and there’s no denying they are a huge problem. But don’t overlook the other means that we’re all being ripped off. This isn’t an easy problem to fix. It’s time consuming, it takes a lot of effort, it’s very repetitive, boring and at times, just downright depressing. So if you don’t want to spend hours every day leafing through page after page of porn uploads…put me on the job for you. My rate is cheap and my results are good. Interested?

Email me at [email protected]

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