Tasha Tells All...on How Piracy is Destroying Porn!

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Every MondayToday, adult superstar/OC girl Tasha Reign gives us her thoughts on life, sex, politics and everything in between. Today, Tasha weighs in on how piracy is destroying the porn industry. Enjoy!

By Tasha Reign

I'm all for letting people do what they want to do behind closed doors unless it's illegal. So while I'm flattered that people go online to search for me, too often they settle on so-called "Tube" sites that take my clips without my permission. Like porn? By God, pay for it or it'll become a thing of the past. Don't always act out of horniness, boys; think before you tug!


The tube sites have exploited the xx business in every way imaginable, leaving companies with not enough funding to turn a profit. Because of this piracy, fewer and fewer companies can maintain websites, updates and hire talent, location, makeup and hair, directors, tech people, designers, camera men, and all of the people necessary in creating a solid adult film. Website memberships have plummeted; DVDs are almost as irrelevant as Betamex. We continue to make movies, but there's a smaller and smaller pot of profit that fewer and fewer companies have to fight for every year.

Because of this, consolidation is now happening--and as any lover of the free market knows, monopolies only lead to business stagnation. American jurisprudence always looks down on monopolies, but you never hear about the creeping monopolization of the adult business because of the lack of respect society has sex workers, only using them to satiate their "wicked" desires. But I guarantee you: if this were any other business, the feds would be breaking up the Octopus ala Ma Bell. But it ain't gonna happen.

The sad thing is that I and others can rail about how piracy is ruining this industry, how no one should engage in illegal downloading--but everyone will continue to do it. But we won't stop railing. Why is it okay to take something that cost people all their hard-earned money, time and energy to create, for an audience to just take advantage of them and swindle our product for free without any repercussions? I watched a recent report on the news about tube sites. Its conclusion was telling: according to the story, the public at large says they don't care about the adult business even though so many watch it; people say they have "no respect" for us even though they take part in our business daily; and because of this faux apathy, no one cares to monitor all the Internet pirates. What was even more fascinating was the female reporters who were not media literate enough to keep a straight face and get through the piece without laughing and treating the subject like it was some sort of joke.

Sorry, sisters: you're the joke. Someone steals your newscast, you call the F.C.C. Someone steals my clips, I don't have any government agency behind my back.

My hope, as vain as it may be is, that the Internet can somehow clamp down on the tube sites that get their stuff illegally so the actors and actresses can still profit off the films and budgets don't continue to sink. I want people to realize that their actions have consequences, that being a thief behind a computer is just as bad as being a thief in public, and that if they want good performances, then they better pay for them or it won't be around much longer. When our rates as performers are sinking so low that it's nearly no longer worth it to have sex as a career, there's a problem. The end result is inferior quality. Please do not be a PIRATE.

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Over_Censored
Over_Censored

The more the USA censors porn, the more pircacy. There is no teen lesbian groping anymore.  That's Truley Awful!

 I won't buy crap but I will buy quality. But there is nothing out there.

skeeball23
skeeball23

Recent studies have shown that there is no less than a 60 year supply of pornography currently available at no charge on the internet.  Thank you for your efforts Ms. Reign - but we have no further need of your services.  Job re-training is available at a local EDD office to assist in your transition to such careers as: Pole Dancer,  Gold Digger, Damaged Goods, and Cosmetologist. 

Marv_Montag
Marv_Montag

It's a shame that illegal behavior (i.e. online piracy) is damaging the careers of actresses like Tasha. To be an actress in adult films, a student, a producer, a model, and a feature dancer has to make for a busy life and plenty of hard work.

Indeed, it's difficult to imagine too many other careers like acting in adult films in which people give more of themselves and expose more of themselves on a daily basis and to such a large audience. This type of work should be well compensated.

No one deserves to have his or her livelihood diminished because others are choosing to steal their work, intellectual property, etc.

Sidonia Kovacs
Sidonia Kovacs

Sex and sports are both fun activities that people are WAY over paid for. Just my opinion. :)

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Actually, the cover image comes from our Sex Issue back in February, but gracias for noticing!

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

The cover is from our Sex Issue in February—but you knew that already!

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

I dont use tube sites or torrents, but the first rule is I'm not supposed to talk about it.

Mike MacDuffee
Mike MacDuffee

There is also the Arcade industry. It has been destroyed by console and computer gaming.

Mike MacDuffee
Mike MacDuffee

So much hate lol. Every industry is being rapidly destroyed by the internet. This isn't bad though, they just need to adapt. Music artists sell merch and show tickets. Movies sell show tickets. Video games have micro transactions and DLC. All of which is able to handle these issues. So what does the porn industry need to do? Something similar. Maybe sell live events/performances and sell merch while you're there.

Rj St Thomas
Rj St Thomas

Good,let them be the death of this industry!

Jonathan Saldivar
Jonathan Saldivar

This is an old cover people. She writes a blog for them every Monday. They are just using an old cover with her picture.

John Hald
John Hald

Aww the poor bitch cant buy her new bentley. Get a real job then.

Adam Saytanides
Adam Saytanides

somewhat ironic, considering the same thing happened already to journalism, and trained journalists cant hardly find a job or an outlet to sell their work...but here's a porn actress with a steady writing gig!

jwbrummel
jwbrummel

"When our rates as performers are sinking so low that it's nearly no longer worth it to have sex as a career, there's a problem. The end result is inferior quality."

As if having sex as a career was a problem in the first place. My gosh, get a real job! The last time I saw porn was in the 1980's. It was silly then and I imagine that it hasn't gotten any better now. I have a vivid imagination so I couldn't care if you are in business or not. Porn is basically legalized prostitution, the only difference is that that other party also gets paid. Chin up and enjoy getting nailed and a paycheck in the first place.

Cooper Carrasco
Cooper Carrasco

If the industry dies people will still share homemade videos.

Adri Oddo Amaral
Adri Oddo Amaral

I can't believe OC Weekly made this their front page, it's embarrassing.... leave it in the Valley.

Rick Keyes
Rick Keyes

Oh poor porn stars and the Porn business. What are we to do?

Assiro Zerocinquantuno
Assiro Zerocinquantuno

miss so much the good ol' porn :( where are those hairy 80's bushes now???? plz bring real porn baaaaack

WhatDidYouExpect
WhatDidYouExpect

Piracy is a major factor. But it is not the only reason for the adult industry's decline and loss of profits. Same with the music industry. The content is not as good or creative. 

I am getting the impression that most of the people who buy porn nowadays, are mostly uneducated people, who don't realize all the trickery behind the industry.

 The industry is mostly run by a bunch of far-left Jews, similar to Hollywood, who are anti-establishment and basically force the whole BM/WW fantasy in everyone's face. Look Ford said the former on his old website years back. Jules Jordan has done a lot to turn me away and nowadays pretty much does whatever he wants. A lot of the women in the industry also seem to be emotionally unstable in real life.

The industry also handled the Mr. Marcus forging and std incident poorly. To me they defended his actions and did not show outrage because it was not the pc thing to do, as they were afraid of being labeled bigoted and insensitive, if they would have said anything. 

Bottom line. My support for the adult industry at the moment is on life support. Watching it once in awhile is fine, but getting out of the house and living life is more important.



la_megaproductions
la_megaproductions

See, I disagree with this.  First of all, what you're hearing is what the big companies are telling you as a way of not paying you - oldest trick in the book; they do it in film too.  This is how big corporate got so big - find a way to screw people out of money; blame it on the little guy, becuz s/he has no defense.  Second of all, people discover new porn stars via Tubesites - see a pretty face somewhere; look her up online. If they like what they see, they're a fan for life.  They will come see you at a club, d/l your vids from legit porn distributors like Gamelink, and if they like your enough, subscribe to your site, or sites that carry your scenes.  It's the same idea as television being free while paid by commercial advertising.  EVERYBODY in EVERY entertainment biz makes less since the advent of the Internet - fact of life.  Piracy is /everywhere/.  The key is to put out stuff that can't be pirated - personal appearances (musicians do this; porn stars can too.  Porn stars can escort as well).  Offering fans the opportunity to interact with you directly, but only via a paid site.  Guilt tripping poor people into paying has never worked; prosecuting them just makes them hate you (ask Metallica).  Embracing it, and being more personable is the way to bridge the gap.  It's a smaller pie, but you're an individual, not a big company.  And frankly, in your case, Tasha, direct and produce.  I know you've done the latter - you go to UCLA.  Easy for you to take classes in doing the former.  Just my $.02

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Too bad. Pron, like information, wants to be free. You'll have to come up with another business model. Webcams seem popular.

 Now I have to get back to xhamster.com. 

bdsrx8
bdsrx8

Well said! As great as the Internet is, it's killing my two favorite industries...the music industry and the adult film industry! Why do you think the Stones are touring at their age? They have bills to pay! Support both industries with your dollars...even if it's just a few dollars. These performers have bills to pay, too, just like you!

YourBuddyDave
YourBuddyDave

@David Bolt Backer Parada I applaud Tasha for her well written piece.  To all of you immediately dismissing her because of her choice of career, I would like to point out that she does a have REAL HONEST LEGAL JOB. She pays taxes like the rest of us so who the hell are you to look down on someone just because they have chosen a path different than yours?  The funny part is you probably secretly watch pornography on the internet like most men, but want to appear "moral" or whatever

YourBuddyDave
YourBuddyDave

@Mike MacDuffee the difference is this, the adult industry is generally something that people are uncomfortable  announcing that they are fans of, so touring and merchandising are much harder to monetize.  

talkn2adri
talkn2adri

@Tiff Gause  I said the same thing.  Ridiculous.  Makes OC Weekly look weak.  OC is so rich in culture, art, politics, food and bev, resorts, marine life, college life..... and this is what they cam e up with?  LAME!

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