Earlier today I took time out of my insane pre-AEE schedule to write to the hosts of one of my favorite podcasts Generation Why to speak on something very important to me - paying for your porn!
What could generation why and paying for your porn have to do with one another? Well, why don' I just let you in on the email I sent in to Aaron and Justin.
"Hey Guys! First, I love your show, I've listened to every episode and I am always excited for new ones ...
During the Scott Peterson episode there is a moment when one of you (Justin) says "I think he's just an idiot because he is paying for porn".
I was caught off guard by this statement for a few reasons, which I would like to bring to your attention. I know you are primarily a 'true crime' podcast, that I love and follow, however I feel like this statement could jump start another episode.
Questions I would like you to consider Where does porn come from? What is 'free porn"? What is ethical porn? What are tube sites? Who is Mind Geek? Why does this matter?
Firstly I should preface this with My name is Kayla Jane Danger, I am an adult entertainer and own an independent porn company called KJD Media / Provocateur Pictures. Being the owner of a small porn company has its ups and downs but the biggest misrepresentation of porn these days is that it is 'free'. There is very little porn out there that is actually 'free' (check out woodrocket.com). Most of what people think of as free porn is actually stolen or pirated from its original source like my membership websites or video on demand stores.
So, Where does porn come from? My company has been around about 8 years, in which time I have been completely self funding. I make money and put it right back into my company, into buying new gear, paying employees and independent contractors including my performers. I also pay for a dedicated server, content management system, PR, marketing etc. Porn doesn't get produced for free. As I said earlier, I sell my content via membership websites and video on demand platforms, without those sales my company wouldn't be here. This is the same for the majority of porn companies. Unfortunately the top / big name companies have a not so little secret, their true owner, and backer... Mind Geek.
Porn companies like Reality Kings, Brazzers, Digital Playground etc are all owned by Mind Geek - the hydra that has taken over the porn industry and is slowly sucking it dry. The fact of the matter is this company also owns most of the hub / tube sites that you find across the web. They incite viewers to pirate content to fill their coffers while decimating the population of indie production companies which add necessary variety to the industry.
People need to be made aware of the unethical business practices of Mind Geek and how it effects not only the porn business, but eventually the consumer. For example could you imagine if every news station was purchased by fox news, even if they got to keep their own names, all you would see is the point of view coming from fox, it will homogenize the industry, and let's be real, the porn companies Mind Geek now owns all pretty much make the same porn, with the same point of view, and the same heteronormative performers and scenes.
Last but not least ... DMCA, the worst joke in all of copyright. Sure I can send DMCA's to these sites which is the first hoop I have to jump through to just to get my content removed from a site on which my content has been posted illegally aka without my consent. Why are these tube sites not held to a higher standard. They should be forced to accept paperwork like the 2257 paperwork, ID's and releases that are required by every other adult site to post content, BEFORE accepting content for upload. This would of course deplete their content libraries, because the majority of their content is stolen / pirated / illegally uploaded. The MindGeek tube sites would only be left with the content of their subsidiary companies who use the sites as advertising, for click throughs etc.
I didn't want to get into too much detail within this simce I am trying to finish packing for the Adult Entertainment Expo and The AVN awards which take place this week. I could have written about this forever, and I would be happy to speak on the subject at length on or off your show
Thank you for your time!"
This isn't the first time someone with a platform, with a following, or with major influence has made an offhand comment regarding the subject (admitedly this wasn't Justin's first time making such a comment either) . This is unfortunate, because people with influence shouldn't be supporting or even dismissing the illegal actions of the general public.
Do your part, pay for your porn, join websites, join porn star sites, buy DVD's, magazines, videos on demand etc. Report stolen content, don't share it! I will be posting a blog related to this called top 10 things you can do to support porn & your favorite porn stars! So keep your eyes out for it!