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Takedown Piracy’s Nate Glass Earns Progressive Leadership Award Nom from 2015 XBIZ Executive Awards

Industry’s Most Renowned Anti-Piracy Expert & Advocate Is on a Mission to Protect Copyrighted Content from Theft!

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LOS ANGELES (November 26, 2014) — Takedown Piracy owner Nate Glass is nominated for the Progressive Leadership Award at the 2015 XBIZ Executive Awards. As the adult industry’s most renowned anti-piracy expert and advocate, Glass is on a mission to protect copyright content from theft. Along the way, he continues to garner mass amounts of media attention on piracy, as well as the adult industry as a whole.

As stated on XBIZExecAwards.com, nominees for the Progressive Leadership Award are pioneers blazing unknown trails to explore what’s on the horizon and adopt new strategies often becoming standard practices for years to come. Their risks often go hand in hand with their creativity.

“Thank you so much to everyone at XBIZ for this honor – I’m shocked, moved, and proud,” says Glass. “XBIZ has been a great supporter of Takedown Piracy over the years, for which I am extremely appreciative.”

Though grateful for the nomination, Glass’ path to grow one of the most effective and well-known anti-piracy services in the world did not stem from a desire to be liked. In fact, it has made him one of the most hated men on the Internet, often receiving death threats from digital pirates.

Earlier this year, tech website DailyDot.com referred to Glass as a “polarizing figure on the Internet,” and the “Luke Skywalker” of piracy, though Forbes.com previously dubbed him the “Darth Vader of porn piracy.”

Additional 2014 media attention surrounding Glass and Takedown Piracy includes being prominently featured on ABC’s Nightline,” as well as expert commentary in articles from Men’s HealthBBC NewsUSA Today,Wired.comAnnenberg TV NewsHuffington PostSalonWashington PostCreative Loafing, and more.

Glass also spoke with Wicked Pictures contract performer jessica drake at two top universities this year – University of Chicago and University of Southern California. Their lecture on “The Piracy of Sex” is detailed in a feature article on popular tech site BetaBeat.com.

“It’s been a crazy year of new developments, media coverage, speaking engagements, and battling piracy, but this XBIZ nomination really is one of the highlights,” says Glass. “It reminds of the reason I do this – for my friends and colleagues in the industry who I greatly respect and want to help protect.”

Takedown Piracy made waves in the entertainment industry earlier in November when it announced its new, exclusive 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. Glass will be available to demonstrate how the digital fingerprints work to content producers at AVN Media’s 2015 Internext andAdult Entertainment Expo (AEE) in Las Vegas, and XBIZ Media’s 2015 XBIZ 360 in Los Angeles.

The XBIZ Executive Awards will be held on January 14 at the Andaz Hotel, 8401 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood. It honors the industry’s outstanding individuals who have helped further their company’s success.

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.

About the XBIZ Exec Awards:
Achieving success, reaching the pinnacle of ones’ profession and fueling brands that excite, influence, and motivate is the driving force behind the XBIZ Executive Awards. With constant economic and technological challenges and facing a mainstream business world that presents an uncertain relationship at every turn, today’s industry leaders represent some of the most progressive and creative group of executives in business today. The XBIZ Executive Awards celebrate these movers and shakers who pour their hearts and souls into their careers and, by doing so, propel their brands to new heights of success. For more information, visithttp://www.xbizexecawards.com.

Remembering Christian Mann

Last night, a great man left this Earth.

As a young clerk at New Fine Arts in Dallas, I religiously read AVN every month, and that is where I first learned of this guy named Christian Mann. I learned that he was one of the freedom fighters that stood up to a puritanical government that wanted to control what consenting adults could do in the privacy of their bedrooms. I was immediately determined to one day meet this man, shake his hand and then be able to tell friends and co-workers – “I met Christian Mann!”

Fast forward a couple of years and I had moved on to Dreamers, and eventually I got to go to the AEE conference in Vegas. I got to meet Christian but it was a brief handshake. Not nearly enough to satisfy my fanboy crush on him. I was going to have to work harder. Opportunity presented itself when Christian’s company Video Team was bought by another, Metro Interactive, and lo and behold my new point of contact for orders at Metro became Christian Mann. I was giddy. But at this point I was still a nobody, I had never really even talked to Chris for more than 2 seconds. Luckily for me, Christian had become good friends over the years with the owner of Dreamers and his wife. When I told my boss we’d be dealing with Christian now, my boss was as ecstatic as I was. He immediately began telling me stories of Christian and CPLC. He told me, “if you ever have a problem, you call Christian – he will take care of it, he’s a good man”. The legend of Christian was building.

I soon started placing orders with Christian and got to know him a little more and he also got to know me more and more. He was always funny and witty in our conversations, so much that he made me enjoy talking on the phone, and anyone that knows me knows that I loathe phone conversations 99% of the time.

Eventually my time at Dreamers was up and I moved out to LA to work for Shane’s World and Hush Hush Entertainment. We started a little monthly newsletter where I got to write editorial articles and generally put people on blast for doing unethical stuff. We made a lot of fans, but also a lot of enemies. Eventually we needed to pursue advertisers, and Christian Mann, now the general manager of arguably the biggest production studios, was one of the first people I pursued. Having a company like Evil Angel advertising in our magazine would be a huge statement of legitimacy for our little operation. I reached out to Christian and he agreed to start putting a two-page ad in our mag. I was ecstatic.

A year or so later marked the start of Operation: Takedown Piracy. I was fed up with seeing our content pilfered online not to mention the content of other studios where my good friends were working. Again, I reached out to Christian to try and get him on board. Early on I needed “impact studios” to give Takedown Piracy some real teeth to go after pirates. Once again, Christian came through for me and got Evil Angel on board. I’ll be honest, practically no one else over at Evil Angel knew who I was and quite frankly, the few who did probably didn’t care for me all that much. They only knew me as “the guy that talks shit about people in that magazine”, and they were fair to think that. But I knew I was more than that, and more importantly – Christian knew I was more than that. He was my voucher, and friends, you can not possibly have a better voucher than Christian Mann.

We began taking down content for Evil Angel and boy there was a lot of it, and I worked tirelessly at it. I went to Vegas for AEE and Christian jokingly asked “Do you sleep????”, he teased me about getting DMCAs from me at all hours of the day and night and that I must be a robot or something. He was playfully teasing, but what I heard was one of my role models praising my work-ethic. If Christian was impressed by my hard work, that was the ultimate seal of approval. Again, I was giddy.

Then one day Christian emailed me out of the blue and said that we needed to talk and for me to come by the EA offices. He didn’t say what it was about and he was very short and to the point in the email. I was absolutely panicked. This was my role model and our biggest client and my immediate fear was that they were dropping out. “Was I not working hard enough?”, “Did I do something wrong?”, all these worried thoughts ran through my head as I drove from Chatsworth to Van Nuys. I pulled up to the office, thinking “Christian is such a nice guy, he’s cancelling but wants to be a professional about it and tell me face to face.”

I sat down with Christian and after exchanging the usual pleasantries, we immediately got to the purpose of me being there. “You aren’t charging us nearly enough for the amount of work you’re doing. I want you to double our rate and use that to help grow your business.” ‘Ummmmmm yes sir’ was about all I was able to say. This was huge, and it just doesn’t happen in this biz, let alone probably any business. Here was this guy who wanted to make sure I was being fairly compensated and wanted to not just say he wanted to see my business grow, but he wanted to play a part and take actions that would help my business grow. That was Christian Mann, that was the kind of man he was. He introduced me to other people at EA and I was on my way, knowing full well the gravity of what this man just did for me.

I am where I am today because of Christian Mann. His support from practically day one has been instrumental in not only my business growth but my personal growth as well. I’ve had the pleasure over the years of meeting people who I held in such high-esteem that you work at being a better person because you want to make them proud. I wanted to be a good fighter for our industry because I wanted to make Christian Mann proud. I wanted to be a good man in life because it means you get to be in the same category as Christian Mann.

Christian may have ended this part of his journey but his impact and influence will live on forever. I know he has inspired others, and it is the job of those of us he touched to pass that inspiration on to others. In that way the legacy of Christian will far outlive anything in the physical realm. I’m so happy Christian had someone as loving and supportive as Melissa Mann to enjoy these last few years with. Their love and happiness together should serve as yet another inspiration for us all. Be good people, inspire others, never stop laughing and being silly and just appreciate everything and everyone.

Godspeed Christian, until we meet again my friend.

 

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If you’re friends with Christian and/or Melissa on FB, then you’ve seen the amazing outpouring of messages of condolences, support and love for the both of them.  Christian was part of our industry for well over 30 years, and in that time he’s come in contact with virtually everyone in our biz at one time or another.  The amazing thing is he left a positive energy on everyone.  He is in my opinion the most universally beloved man in our industry.  You can read some of the industry takes on Chris on AVN and Xbiz.  I know everyone is very saddened by his passing, but reading and hearing everyone’s stories about Christian is somewhat heartwarming – he just used so much of his lifeforce to raise up others – that’s something we should all strive for.

U.S. House Introduces ‘Rogue Websites’ Bill – Lawyers line up to make money pretending to hate the bill while actually loving it

Recently, the US House of Representatives introduced a “rogue websites” bill to counter the absolute torrent (pun intended) of foreign copyright infringers who make a living by stealing and trading in the intellectual property of others.  Here’s some snippets of the article from Xbiz:

“The legislation would let the U.S. Attorney General seek court orders to block foreign websites that steal and sell U.S. products.”

““Rogue websites that steal and sell American innovations have operated with impunity,” Smith said. “The online thieves who run these foreign websites are out of the reach of U.S. law enforcement agencies and profit from selling pirated goods without any legal consequences.””

Then we get a quote from an attorney since they know everything and aren’t motivated by money at all right?  But this attorney is an expert in this matter because he represents a large number of *cough* alleged *cough* copyright infringers.

“This bill, like the companion Protect IP Act pending in the Senate, will impose undue burdens upon online service providers to monitor and police user activity, and ultimately stifle free speech on the Internet,” adult industry attorney Larry Walters told XBIZ.

“While it may be appropriate to consider new approaches to protecting intellectual property in the digital age, shutting down websites based on mere allegations is inconsistent with fundamental constitutional values such as due process and freedom of expression.”

Now here’s the thing to keep in mind.  Walters is an attorney.  Of course he would be opposed to the government doing anything that cuts his profession out of their piece of the pie.  There are literally 100s of 1000s of foreign-based copyright infringers.  According to Lawrence Walters, if you’re a copyright holder, you should have to sue each and every one of them individually.  That in essence would bankrupt copyright holders so of course no one will do it.  What this means is that as long as the government doesn’t pass tough copyright laws there will always exist a problem with piracy.  And lawyers like Walters will be there to represent the pirate and another attorney will be there to represent the copyright holder.  At the end of the day…the lawyers win.  The only things lawyers will ever oppose are things that don’t require a lawyer.  One wonders how Walters would feel about a law that would require an individual to be accompanied by a lawyer at all times.  Quite the win/win scenario for attorneys eh?

Or like the old Demotivator poster says:
“If you’re not a part of the solution, there’s good money to be made in prolonging the problem.”