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Takedown Piracy Presents Game Changer in Fight Against Piracy

Exclusive New Digital Fingerprinting Program Safeguards Content from Piracy Tube Sites!

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LOS ANGELES (November 10, 2014) — The way the adult industry protects its online content from piracy has been revolutionized by Takedown Piracy’s exclusive new digital fingerprinting program.  Utilized as an application in Takedown Piracy’s revered Nemesis™ custom tool, the “game changing” service is now available for adult studios to utilize.

 

During the beta-testing phase of the digital fingerprinting program, Takedown Piracy was able to verify the accuracy of the digital fingerprints by identifying the copyright holder of hundreds of thousands of videos violating copyright laws on tube sites.  Combined with Nemesis, which analyzes tube sites to pinpoint videos likely to be infringing on copyrights, the program virtually assures pirated material will be found and reported.

 

“I want to stress how big of a game changer this is in the fight against piracy,” says Takedown Piracy owner Nate Glass, regarding the digital fingerprinting program.  “With this weapon, we will be able to ensure content from our studio partners will not appear on pirate tube sites.”

 

Available to all content creators, including DVD producers, pay sites, and webcam sites, the digital fingerprinting program is a separate service Takedown Piracy is offering its current and future clients.  For a nominal extra charge on top of Takedown Piracy’s standard services, companies can track all their content.

 

The digital fingerprinting program is different than any previously attempted in the adult industry.  It’s completely independent, working on any tube site Takedown Piracy applies it to.  “Previously the adult industry tried to use a form of fingerprinting requiring tube sites to voluntarily take part in it,” states Glass.  “This is like asking the fox to guard the henhouse.  Now, we are able to dictate the terms, so we don’t have to rely on the moral conscience of pirates and tube sites.”

 

Takedown Piracy currently has the program set up to be implemented on 52 websites, with over a dozen more in the works.  These are all actual source tube sites – no embedding sites.

 

The program is designed solely for detection and removal of infringing content from tube sites and search engines, like Google.  “I’ve never believed in partnering with tube sites – it’s a deal with the Devil,” states Glass.  “Too often copyright holders have tried to monetize piracy by searching for a middle ground with the tube sites.  At the end of the day, the tube sites make more money from pirated content than trying to monetize a promotional trailer.  Because of this, the tubes will never have enough incentive to totally clean up their act.  This new digital fingerprinting program gives content creators the power back.”

 

Glass will be available to demonstrate how the digital fingerprints work to content producers at AVN Media’s 2015 Internext and Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) in Las Vegas, and XBIZ Media’s 2015 XBIZ 360 in Los Angeles.

 

Takedown Piracy actively tracks at least nine different ways content may be pirated, providing widespread coverage.  Takedown Piracy’s army of servers offer protection in the following areas: Cyberlocker sites like Rapidshare, Torrent sites, Tube sites, Auctioned or unauthorized DVD resellers, Search Engines, Image Hosts, Blogs, Forums, Social Media.

 

For more information about Takedown Piracy’s services, click here.

 

About Takedown Piracy:

Takedown Piracy (TDP) is an anti-piracy service started in April of 2009.  The service was founded by 14-year entertainment industry veteran Nate Glass.  TDP offers copyright holders an affordable and highly effective means to fight back against content thieves.  For less than the cost of a part-time, minimum wage worker, copyright holders can benefit from Glass’ expertise and passion for protecting copyrighted content from thieves.  To date, TDP has removed nearly 40 million content infringements.  Leading piracy websites are closely monitored to always provide clients with immediate service and protection.  Every month detailed reports are provided to clients with each action taken on their behalf.  A price can’t be placed on trust, but with Takedown Piracy, clients can be sure the company has their best interest in mind 100% of the time.  For more information, visit www.TakedownPiracy.com or www.Twitter.com/TakedownPiracy.

 

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University of Southern California Hosts ‘The Piracy of Sex’ Panel Featuring jessica drake, Nate Glass

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University of Southern California Hosts ‘The Piracy of Sex’ Panel Featuring jessica drake, Nate Glass

USC Students Treated to April 30 Discussion on Digital Piracy of Adult Movies by Wicked Pictures Contract Star drake & Takedown Piracy Owner Glass!

LOS ANGELES (April 28, 2014) — The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts will host adult entertainment performer and sexual wellness authority jessica drake and digital piracy expert Nate Glass as featured speakers.  Addressing the interrelated effects of sexual stigma and digital piracy in a panel titled, “The Piracy of Sex,” drake draws upon her experience as a Wicked Pictures contract performer/director, while Glass expands on his work as the owner of Takedown Piracy.  Moderated by David Lerner, Ph.D., the discussion and open format Q&A is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 30 in USC’S Ray Stark Family Theatre.

 

For more event details, visit USC School of Cinematic Arts’ event page by clicking here.

 

In their ongoing lecture series, “The Piracy of Sex,” Nate Glass and jessica drake explore how the problem of digital piracy is even more prevalent with sexual content.  While the autonomy of the Internet helps generate a larger audience, including women, for porn, fetish videos, and live sex shows, it also allows people to hide behind aliases and justify their actions.  The stigmas still surrounding sexuality contribute to the rampant pirating, as do performers’ lack of funds and resources.  Glass and drake discuss the effect of piracy on sex workers and adult entertainment producers and how they can fight back and protect their copyrights!

 

“I’m excited to speak with USC students,” jessica drake says.  “When I speak on the topic of sex education, I usually focus very heavily on consent.  Piracy is virtual violation of consent, which is why I’m so glad to have someone like Nate helping protect the movies I make, while also touring with me to educate people on the matter.”

 

Nate Glass adds, “Many people dismiss piracy as a way of life – it’s something the younger generation has grown up with, and it’s ingrained in the way they think.  I don’t agree with that.  I’m not the same person I was when I was twenty, and I like to think it’s for the better.  Our goal is to have an honest and open dialogue with USC students, as well as other college students.  From there they can make up their own minds, but at least we helped give them all the facts first.”

 

USC is the most recent stop in jessica drake’s tour of college campuses, speaking on topics relating to the modernization of sex education.  In February, drake was a featured speaker at UCLA, participating on a panel titled, “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment,” where she discussed the power dynamics of sex work and the censorship of the female body.

 

In addition, drake visited University of Chicago’s Sex Week to share how her experiences in the adult industry motivated her to differentiate real sex from reel sex.  Nate Glass joined drake for a second seminar at U-Chicago to present “The Piracy of Sex.”

 

Tech blog BetaBeat.com recently featured “The Piracy of Sex” series by interviewing its presenters.  In the interview, jessica drake shared her first experience with piracy: “Things changed for me when I saw one of the biggest movies that [I’d made so far], Fallen, [had been pirated].  I found Fallen online on a tube site pretty much right after it was released, and it was such a personal feeling for me all the way back then.  I didn’t know a lot of about piracy back then, but it felt like theft, like a violation.”

 

“Something I tried to hammer home at University of Chicago [is] consent,” stated Glass in the BetaBeat.com interview.  “It’s a buzzword for sex positive cultures about making sure in your relationship you have consent, which I’m all for.  When somebody takes jessica’s movie and uploads it to a tube site, that’s a violation of her consent.”

 

About jessica drake:

Karma can mean many things to many people, but for jessica drake, it has always meant an abundance of success and concern for others. Her beauty frames a prodigious talent that has earned her AVN’s coveted Best Actress award three times. An exclusive Wicked Pictures contract performer, writer, and director, as well as a global humanitarian and emerging sexual wellness authority, jessica’s brilliant career continues to move forward with ambitious adult productions like Brad Armstrong’s “Underworld” and instructional releases for “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” In the popular series, jessica brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars. Each volume addresses different aspects of human sexuality explored with a distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which is refreshing for the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on ‘Fellatio’ earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release award, ‘Anal’ was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year, and ‘Anal Play for Men’ received AVN’s 2014 Best Educational Release award. The same demand for her modern sex education DVDs also takes jessica around the world, presenting seminars and workshops at expos, retail outlets, and colleges, like UCLA, University of Chicago, and University of California – Santa Barbara, where she speaks to curious adults desiring to learn more about sex, romance, and communication. For more information, visit www.Twitter.com/thejessicadrake and www.jessicadrake.com.

 

About Takedown Piracy:

Takedown Piracy (TDP) is an anti-piracy service started in April of 2009 by 14-year entertainment industry veteran Nate Glass.  TDP offers copyright holders an affordable and highly effective means to fight back against content thieves.  For less than the cost of a part-time, minimum wage worker, copyright holders can benefit from Glass’ expertise and passion for protecting copyrighted content from thieves.  To date, TDP has removed nearly 30 million content infringements.  Leading piracy websites are closely monitored to always provide clients with immediate service and protection.  Every month detailed reports are provided to clients with each action taken on their behalf.  A price can’t be placed on trust, but with Takedown Piracy, clients can be sure the company has their best interest in mind 100% of the time.  For more information, visit www.TakedownPiracy.com or www.Twitter.com/TakedownPiracy.

 

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Piracy stats updated

We’ve posted our updated stats on the /stats page so head on over and check that out.

Also, we’re working on releasing a lot of stats that show which sites we’ve had to remove the most from.  Thinking of doing a Top 10 for each type of infringement.  So stay tuned for that.

It’s been a great month, new clients have came on board and we’re rolling out new programs almost weekly now.

A big thanks to all our supporters, we couldn’t do it without you!

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Takedown Piracy announces release of Nemesis program

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New Custom Tool NEMESIS™ Analyzes Tube Sites to Discover & Remove Pirated Movies!

July 1, 2013 — CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Takedown Piracy announces the development of its new program, already delivering a blow to tube sites. The renowned anti-piracy service calls its exclusive custom tool Nemesis™. With the implementation of the Nemesis program, Takedown Piracy has now removed nearly 100,000 pirated full-length movies and scenes.

Nemesis is named after the Greek goddess heralded as an agent of divine punishment for wrongdoing or hubris. The Nemesis tool analyzes tube sites to pinpoint videos likely to be infringing on copyrights, so the Takedown Piracy team is able to verify the infringement and have the pirated content removed.

“The goddess Nemesis carried out retribution against those who committed evil deeds and received undeserved good fortune,” states Takedown Piracy owner Nate Glass. “Digital pirates are exactly that – people who profit off the work of others. Nemesis and Takedown Piracy are coming to get them, and we have already found a ton of movies, which may have otherwise gone undetected.”

Nemesis is proving to be a comprehensive tool, changing the landscape for pirate uploaders. “We’ve already seen several prolific pirate uploaders ‘retire’ or stop uploading movies altogether,” says Glass. “We’ve been able to get others kicked off the sites by showing they are repeat infringers.”

According to Glass, many of the offending accounts were being used for financial gain in addition to uploading free content. “A lot of uploaders use the stolen content as a way to promote their own businesses. We’re more than happy to dish out justice and put these guys out of business.”

In addition to the creation of Nemesis, Takedown Piracy developed custom tools the Aikido Program™ and Aikido 2.0, as well as its advanced SEO program, Search Clean™. Aikido 2.0 uses a PHP script to exploit large piracy aggregation sites. It takes sites meant to assist illegal downloads and transforms them into valuable assets in anti-piracy. True to its martial art namesake, the Aikido Program uses the strength of its opponent to its own advantage. Search Clean is responsible for eliminating infringements from even the largest search engines, like Google. The tools and programs remove hundreds of thousands of copyright infringements at an incredible speed.

Takedown Piracy actively tracks at least nine different ways content may be pirated, providing widespread coverage.  Takedown Piracy’s army of servers offer protection in the following areas: Cyberlocker sites like Rapidshare, Torrent sites, Tube sites, Auctioned or unauthorized DVD resellers, Search Engines, Image Hosts, Blogs, Forums, Social Media.

For more information about Takedown Piracy’s services, click here.

 

About Takedown Piracy:

Takedown Piracy (TDP) is an anti-piracy service started in April of 2009.  The service was founded by 15-year entertainment industry veteran Nate Glass.  TDP offers copyright holders an affordable and highly effective means to fight back against content thieves.  For less than the cost of a part-time, minimum wage worker, copyright holders can benefit from Glass’ expertise and passion for protecting copyrighted content from thieves.  To date, TDP has removed over 20 million content infringements.  Leading piracy websites are closely monitored to always provide clients with immediate service and protection.  Every month detailed reports are provided to clients with each action taken on their behalf.  A price can’t be placed on trust, but with Takedown Piracy, clients can be sure the company has their best interest in mind 100% of the time.  For more information, visit www.TakedownPiracy.com or www.Twitter.com/TakedownPiracy.

Pirate site uses web hosting site with fake testimonials in order to process MONEY for copyright infringement

From the “What Do We Have Here?” file:

We have recently been dealing with a site that has been trading in the content of one of our clients and despite numerous DMCA notices, the site refused to remove the infringing content.  Now before you assume our client is some big corporation with oodles of money, I should tell you that the client in question is a single individual, who made an amazing and heartfelt documentary about his trials and tribulations as an independent contractor in a very rough and tumble industry.  It was received tremendously by fans and critics and was financed via Kickstarter donations and every copy sold was literally handpacked and shipped by the filmmaker.

So in other words, spare me the “MPAA is a corporate monopoly blah blah blah” arguments.  This is a small business owner we’re talking about here.

Anyway, so we sent this site numerous DMCA notices, yet no response from the site.  We DMCA’d their host (Luxembourg-based Root.lu) who also ignores notices about copyright infringement.  So we were forced to take other measures.  The first of which was to hit them where it hurts – their wallet.

You see, this site sells access to these pirated materials.  Using the false pretense of “just covering server costs” the site solicits “donations”.  For a fee you can have access to terabytes of content from other small businesses.

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So we notified their payment processors which initially included Paypal, Webmoney, and Google Checkout.  Paypal cancelled their processing, Webmoney eventually did too, and finally Google Checkout.

This didn’t deter these guys from continuing to try and profit from the hard work of others.  Their next move was to remove the public donation options and try and hide just how they were processing money.  They required would-be donators to Private Message the owner of the site and ask for the process to go about making a donation.

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So using an undercover account we Private Messaged the admin and asked how we can make a donation:

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So we checked out the site referenced by the admin:

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Looks legit right?  But apparently according to the admin of the piracy site, this is a front to process payments for the copyright infringement site.  But it got us curious as to all the other information on that site, I mean after all – there’s freaking testimonials and everything.

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So let’s check out those testimonials.  The first one from John Shipley seems nice.  Let’s throw it into Google and see what comes back:

Google results of John Shipley’s testimonial

Wow!  Apparently John gives a lot of hosts the EXACT same testimonial:

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(from: http://allwebco.com/testimonials.shtml)

And here:

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(from: http://www.jsshosting.com/)

Apparently it’s a family affair – here’s Peter Shipley’s review:

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(from http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews170165.html)

Well now we can see that John has converted to Islam:

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from (http://inodes.us/clients-testimonials/)

And then he reverted back to his christian name, except he lost a -y in the process:

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from (http://www.v7n.com/forums/web-hosting-forum/127855-best-web-hosting.html)

I think you see what’s going on here.  There are dozens more of John/Peter/Zulfiqar‘s testimonials on oodles of web hosting sites.

You can do this for every single “testimonial” on http://grand-host.org/testimonials.html

The best part might be this from Grand Host’s Privacy page:

Grand-Host is committed to developing long lasting relationships based on trust. As such, Grand-Host will do everything in its power to ensure that your right to privacy is maintained and protected. Our Services are not directed at children under 13 years of age.

One would have to wonder how much trust you can put in a company with fake testimonials.

Well as it turns out, the reason why these “testimonials” are the same for so many web hosting sites is that instead of using real customer testimonials, these sites are using a template:

http://www.websitetemplatesonline.com/free-template/grand-host/templateinfo.html

So it’s not even clear that Grand-Host.org is even a real company, or is merely a front to be used to launder the money derived from the piracy site.  Both sites are registered to the same individual:

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This also begs the question of how legit the other sites are that are using the same fake testimonials.  But that’s a whole other question for the FTC to decide.  And then again, this site isn’t hosted in the United States.  Plus we wouldn’t want to deprive this site of their ability to use fake testimonials lest we want to hear from the copyleft how this is the exercise of free speech and how much better the internet is because you can launder money through what might be a fake business with fake customers in order to profit from someone else’s work – what piracy apologists would describe as “innovation”.

Needless to say, we will continue to put pressure on this site, though at this point our suggestion to our clients is to start looking at litigation as a possibility.  Using a US-based company (Google) to launder money to support your copyright infringement site seems to be just begging for a lawsuit.

And yes, this does pass the Office Space definition of “money laundering”:”

“To conceal the source of money…as by channeling it through an intermediary.”

If I was the owner of this site, I’d be hoping to not wind up in “federal pound you in the ass prison” too.

“Nobody told me I COULDN’T pirate it”

Recently we were alerted to a site using video footage from one of our clients movies on a Youtube-esque website.  The client had not given this site permission to use this footage and they wanted us to send the site a DMCA notice.

Upon inspecting the site we noticed the following things this site was doing that were highly questionable:

1.  The content was not “user uploaded” but was uploaded by the site owner himself (the site owner would later confirm this in an email.

2.  The site had no registered DMCA agent with the US Copyright Office.  Not that it would help with every other thing they were doing wrong but if you’re going to be in the business of using other people’s content, you should register a DMCA agent.

3.  The videos uploaded by the site owner had had their original watermarks overwritten by one placed there by the site owner that advertised not the content owner, but the infringing site.  Removing a watermark is pretty cut and dry copyright infringement.  See here.

4.  When confronted about these actions the site owner claimed he was an affiliate of the content creator and thus this gave him the right to use any amount of the footage as he wanted to.  He then claimed he “forgot” to add a banner for the affiliate, but that he would add one immediately.  Note: there were several other infringing videos on the site, nearly zero having affiliate banners.  It’s easy to see he only added the banner after being caught.  Though he still was using a full length chunk of the movie, nothing close to “promotional” content.

5  When asked what made him think he could use any length of material he wanted without getting the permission of the copyright holder he replied “No one told me I couldn’t use that much of the movie”.  I believe in legal terms he’s attempting the willful blindness defense which I think ranks right up there with the “Chewbacca Defense” when it comes to a sound legal strategy.

This is a person running a for-profit website that makes money off of copyright infringement.  I can’t believe they actually ran this business plan by any sort of lawyer, but in their emails to us, they acted incredulous that we would have the nerve to call them out.

Just another example of the egregious exploitation sites like this engage in every single day.  And there would be a line of ideologues a mile long ready to defend this guy with hollow arguments about DJ remixes, copyright terms and claim this is somehow “fair use”.

Colt Cabana, Nigel McGuiness and supporting great causes

Please bear with me, this is going to be a long post but a good one.

I make it no secret that I love professional wrestling.  I grew up watching pro-wrestling like so many of my friends.  We never worried about whether it was “real” or not, it was fun and entertaining and when you’re a kid, that’s all that matters.  As I grew older, I knew it was a scripted show, but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of it at all.  I know when I go watch The Dark Knight that it’s scripted too, but you suspend your disbelief to be entertained.  But as I began to learn more about the business of pro-wrestling, I learned that it is “real”, in that these guys destroy their bodies doing something that they love to entertain millions.  They deal with inter-office politics just like the rest of us.  They have kids, they have families and often times being a pro-wrestler can put you at odds with your family.  There are successes and there are failures.  Triumphs and hardships, both in front of the curtain and behind it.  Knowing that gave me a new-found respect for the art.  The art of your job being to make 20k fans think you’re laying a hurting on your co-worker, while your number one priority is to not hurt that co-worker.  The art of one man making 20k people hate his guts just so they’ll adore his opponent, that opponent being his co-worker and friend.  Pro-wrestling has given me a lot of enjoyment over the years, and outside of spending money on it, I hadn’t been able to give much of anything back, but that was going to change.

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