I reckon there are more people making sex tapes now than any other time in history. The age of the selfie and the wide variety of technology has normalised people wanting to see themselves and others engaged in sex.
Nothing endorses the home made/ amateur porn movie than the celebrity sex tape. Even theyre at it, from Katie Price to Kim Kardashan, Paris Hilton and more but what makes me suspicious as a producer for the best part of 20 years is…How do they legally put it online without consent?
Since I came into the “”porn business”, the signed model release was drummed into me as an important aspect to get right more if you were going to sell it. The wording was iron clad in its clarity and in the producers favour for the sole purpose of selling it. When I see headlines such as sex tapes stolen and the fact it can be traced back to the uploader has me wondering if the victims were complicit for financial or exposure motives or people really have no idea of the legal infrastructure in place putting adult content on line. Those in the trade will know this as 2257. Being inviolation of this has cost sites like Girls Gone Wild milions of dollars in fines
It does feel like we (in the frontline of defence of the adult business in the absence of those unaware of whats going on or dont care) have taken up the baton from the previous sexual revolution to wage war on a new platform.
Now with censorship and regulation coming down heavily in the UK and the laws passed saying all content online has to be legally compliant to R18 standards it does make you wonder what people get up to on their own sex tapes without being aware of where they stand legally with it if they sell it online with the various platforms available to them or evn if they have set up a website as a couple like House Wife Kelly
If you are interested in the adult business and want to know whats going on with how the business works from the people who are in it then I have set up The Naked Truth Podcast especially for this but if you are angry about being told what you can and can't do sexually with your consenting partner (s) if you make your own video available online in the UK then you should sign up to Sex and Censorship
What does all this mean for the future? Well, it might sound far fetched at this point but with ATVOD regulating websites in the UK and issuing stiff fines to sites that failed to notify closing down without contesting the fines, I share the prediction that in the next two years that the average person (that means me and you) making a website, no matter the subject, will have to pay to be licensed and regulated by ATVOD in the same way you already pay the BBC for a license t watch its channels.
It literally means anyone with video content on their site will be regulated in the same way the BBFC issues licenses that have too be paid for to sell DVD and Blu Ray but in this case, its limited to media online. Thats why the law pu tinto effect in Decemmber 2014 is called the Audio Visual Media Services Regulation also known as AVMS Regulations. Remember that face sitting protest at parliament in December 2014? If you saw past the antics which was used to draw attention tothe protest and listened to the speakers you'll know were I'm going with this
As for the tube sites, there are plans to block those who fail to implement age verification for age sensitive content which might make webmasters in the UK happy for “levelling the playing field” but it is an illusion as all this means is all business will go off shore. Why would anyone want to give their credit card details to admit to watching porn if they dont have to jump through these hoops with sites based overseas?
It would be interesting to see how this will impact on YouTube owned by the mighty Google who have outrightly refused to comply with ATVOD as did the Press but if in theory tube sites in the UK have to legally comply then it would mean they would become chargeable because age verification is going to cost the company or the user. Either way you can bet Gogle will get its money back on either option
So if making money from your amateur produced videos is a concern to you and the new laws are an infringement of your civil liberties the question you have to ask yourself is: What are you going to do about it?
Worth thinking about before you put your videos online. Or in the case of the headlines above, someone else does