According to a story on a WAY lesser site (XBiz) the FBI notified The FSC of a person who has hacked and posted 25 adult site rips to torrent sites.
The pitch is that if you are a member of The FSC they will tell you if you are one of the 25, if not then they say you can pay your own lawyer or join The FSC. What a sleazy come on.
In my opinion, This is a pathetic attempt by Jeffery Douglas and The FSC to get money and that is all it is. First I contacted The FBI here in Atlanta where I spoke with an agent who said that is not how The FBI operates, they would notify the site owners based on the 2257 info or the site registration info
Second if any such information about a hack does exist you may call your local FBI office and get it for free and if there is an active investigation they will tell you how to proceed should you wish to help.
Finally lets be honest here, ( a refreshing change from The FSC and the POORLY researched article by XBiz) if you are making porn, it is being stolen and uploaded to file lockers and torrent sites, so assume you are on that list. If it even exists. There are services like takedownpiracy and removeyourcontent that do a good job of finding and DMCA’ing people stealing your content, they do a FAR better job than the FSC and their failed attempt to extort you.
Do not fall for this, this is shameful and I would even think, beneath The FSC but I guess nothing is beneath them.
Yesterday I wrote about a tough decision and today is no different.
The Performers Union has reached a point where there is some dissension, and rightly so. Phyllisha Anne has done a decent thing and set in motion something that might change adult forever she is the founder of the Union. but the Union now has a board in place and that means that she no longer has the authority to make decisions on behalf of the Union, she doesn’t own it.
Everything that the Union does has to be above board and in the open no single member can make decisions on behalf of the Union.
It is my understanding that there have been some clandestine meetings with both The FSC and AHF, things that the board of the Union wasn’t aware of. In these meetings thing of value were requested including an office and salary, in one case airline tickets were offered and accepted for free to attend a meeting in Sacramento. No officer of a union has the authority to have secret meetings that the board knows nothing about, much less the authority to act as a result of that meeting. This kind of thing can not happen, it undermines the entire credibility and integrity of the union.
The board has recognized this and it is my understanding that they are taking measures to relieve Phyllisha Anne of any decision making authority, removing her from the board. Nobody is happy about it but it has to be done in order to preserve the credibility and integrity that the Union stands for.
I don’t fault anyone, I understand that it is difficult to put your heart and soul into something then have to allow it to run counter to what you may believe, but a Union founder is not a dictator. These struggles are common, it takes time for a new governing body to right itself and maintain an even keel. but it does happen, by design the democratic process is self correcting and that is exactly what is happening now, it is easy to find fault but the truth is that the process is working just as it should.
If you look back at our own country here in the United States, we tried and failed (Federalist Papers) but we learned and we got it right, it took years for our fledgling country to agree on and work out the Constitution that we have defining how our government works but we did it and in the course of doing so we forever changed history for the entire world.
Phyllisha now has to step aside and allow the Union to become what it must.
OK lets say that you are tasked with deciding what decisions to make for your child. When he rides his bicycle he doesn’t want to wear his helmet because it feels better to not wear it, you are his parent and you understand the safety issues involved, you know that eventually he will wreck you don’t want that wreck to cause brain damage, what do you do?
Now lets say that you are charged with rules and regulations and to protect porn performers in the best and most practical way possible. On the one hand you have performers (mostly males) and consumers who tell you that they don’t like to see condoms in the sex scenes, on the other you have epidemic proportions of Hepatitis, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis and venereal warts affecting the very people you are sworn to represent.
The Free Speech Coalition, that represents producers of porn has a two point plan to make porn safer for performers. First they want to administer a weekly injection of Doxycycline to all performers, second they want to maintain the two week testing plan that have been using for quite sometime. The antibiotic injection is used to prevent spreading of many of the above mentioned STDS.
You only other choice is to support the plan put forth by OSHA, that plan is condoms for vaginal and anal sex. That plan does NOT include dental dams or goggles, we have to be honest here because this is the reality of it, dental dams and goggles are NOT going to be required, that is stated specifically by OSHA.
Condoms provide nearly complete protection against infection caused by contact with genital and rectal secretions. Studies show that condom failure rates are 1 to 5 percent, and that most condom failures can be reduced or eliminated by proper training and awareness.
abrasion (a problem cited by the petitioner) can be reduced or avoided by using appropriate lubrication, using condoms made from materials other than latex, and other methods.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
a. Testing cannot identify infection in the first 2 to 3 weeks.
b. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP, or Truvada) — adherence to the protocol for using PrEP
usually cannot be fully overseen by an employer, and partial adherence reduces protection proportionately. The manufacturer of Truvada further recommends that condoms
continue to be used to maximize the effectiveness of the drug.
Treatment as Prevention
(TasP) — adherence to the protocol for using TasP usually cannot be fully overseen by an employer. One study showed that the use of TasP only reduced HIV transmission by 26 percent.
a. Hepatitis B testing cannot identify infection in the first 4 to 9 weeks, and blood test results
take 14 days to be available after the blood is drawn. The hepatitis B vaccination becomes fully effective only after several months. Some individuals do not respond to the vaccine. (Note: The Bloodborne Pathogens standard already requires employers to make this vaccine and vaccination series available, in addition to requiring the employer to provide protective barriers. See subsection (f) of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard.)
b. Hepatitis C testing cannot identify infection in the first 2 to 8 weeks. No vaccine exists for
a. Gonorrhea urine and swab tests cannot identify infection in the first 24 hours to 7 days after
exposure, and the false negative rate is as high as 9 percent.
b. Chlamydia urine test cannot identify infection in the first 2 to 7 days, and the false negative
rate depends on the testing methods used. The most sensitive tests (nucleic acid amplification tests) are more than 99 percent sensitive on specimens taken by endocervical swab; that is, the false negative rate is about 0.5 percent. However, other testing methods and swab specimens taken from other sources, such as the oropharynx and rectum, have false negative rates in the range of 10 to 30 percent.
c. Trichomoniasis testing cannot identify infection in the first 4 to 28 days, and the false
negative rate is approximately 20 percent.
Regarding concerns expressed over the privacy of employees’ medical records, the existing Bloodborne
Pathogens standard requires employers to ensure that employee medical records are kept confidential and not disclosed or reported without the employee’s express written consent to any person within or outside the workplace except as specifically required by the standard or required by law. (See California Code of Regulations, title 8, subsection 5193(h)(1)(C).)
If you have read this far you are taking this seriously, good because you have to, you have been entrusted with the decision to do what you believe is in the BEST INTEREST of your constituents not what is popular, not what uneducated people or people with a vested financial interest want you to do, your integrity is on the line to do what is BEST.
You wish you could have been around for the formation of these rules because you you think do have better ideas, but that is not the case so at this point you are left with the choice to support one side or the other.
You know in your heart what it is you have to do, you know what is right. You could do the wrong thing and maybe increase your popularity, just as you would if you told that child he didn’t have to wear a helmet. But what happens when the inevitable happens and someone gets harmed very badly, or even dies, you are going to feel pretty bad about the decision you made that you knew to be wrong, you sold out the people you were sworn to make the best decisions you could because it would be more popular.
When you visit that child in the hospital and know that your decision is going to result in him never being able to care for himself, his quality of life is forever changed, all because it made him happy and against your better judgement you chose that over safety.
This is real y’all and this is exactly how it is with Prop 60. You believe that in the long run you can change things to make them better but right now you have only 2 choices.
I don’t care who you are, a performer, a fan, a director or the Leader of The Free Speech Coalition the choice comes down to what is more important, the health and safety of performers or your desire to make money or to think you will have a better orgasm. If you don’t see performers as human beings who have no value to society or anywhere else then it’s pretty easy, you don’t care if they die, another will be along in her/his place tomorrow.
But that isn’t you. You love performers because you identify with them because at one time you were one, just like you were a kid that didn’t want to wear her helmet when riding her bicycle. You made a promise to these performers that you would promote their health and safety above all else, including money.
Such was the choice that Phyllisha Anne was faced with when she as a person (not the Union) made the decision to support Prop 60. It is the kind of choice that leaders have to make all the time. Some do better jobs of it than others. Some regret the choice they made. Phyllisha chose to do what was right, that is the kind of choice you expect from a leader. I expect that the Performers Union will follow suit and or issue a statement on where they do stand and why.
But if you get right down to it and toss aside personal preferences and money it really isn’t that tough of a choice. The rules can be improved but right now, it is what it is, as they say.
If you can explain to me how and why you would disagree I would love to hear it, I will post it with no comments from me. I am searching for justification to support The FSC proposal
Finally I spoke with my contact at Cal-OSHA who made it VERY clear that the wild west days of porn are over, and that porn companies will play by the rules in regard to performer safety or they will be out of business. He further explained why moving to (pick your state) won’t help. “These standards are federal OSHA standards and use of barrier protection IS the federal standard and no state may have a standard that is lower than the federal standard, what the FSC has proposed is significantly lower. This is now a priority for OSHA, it isn’t going away, you will comply or we will hurt you financially way more than using condoms would….WAY more.
added note: I know that the Union is experiencing some growing pains, they are to be expected, I support performers looking out for themselves. and i trust that they will make the union what it should be
The lesser sites and a few naysayers actually accused me of making up the antibiotics story…well if you had sources like mine you would know better,
I hope you are doing well.
I wanted to share with you the two Petition 560 analyses conducted by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH, or Cal/OSHA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB). As you are likely aware, Petition 560 is the FSC’s petition submitted to the OSHSB to amend the existing Bloodborne Pathogens standard (Title 8 Section 5193 of the California Code of Regulations).
The official OSHSB page for FSC’s Petition 560 is available here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/petition-560.html
The two analyses have not yet been posted on that official OSHSB page for Petition 560, but the analyses are available to the public if an email request is submitted to the OSHSB. Therefore, the analyses are free to be published. I have attached the analyses as two separate PDFs.
You are correct that the FSC’s petition includes a recommendation for antibiotic pre-exposure prophylaxis. According to Petition 560, “Current medical studies are evaluating the efficacy of a doxycycline PrEP for bacterial STIs such as Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis and Syphilis. So far this research shows great promise and the petitioners recommend to include such advances in the standard.”
Unfortunately, Cal/OSHA cannot adopt the FSC’s recommendation for two simple reasons: (1) barrier protections (e.g., condoms) are the federal minimum standard, and (2) employers (e.g., producers) cannot reasonably oversee medication adherence among employees (e.g., performers).
Here are some noteworthy quotes from the DOSH analysis of Petition 560:
“Findings to date suggest that certain sexually transmitted infections—such as HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis—are effectively prevented by correct condom use and less effectively prevented by the alternative methods identified by the petitioner.”
“Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP, or Truvada)—adherence to the protocol for using PrEP ussually cannot be fully overseen by an employer, and partial adherence reduces protection proportionately. The manufacturer of Truvada further recommends that condoms continue to be used to maximize the effectiveness of the drug.”
“Treatment as Prevention (TasP)—adherence to the protocol for using TasP usually cannot be fully overseen by an employer. One study showed that the use of TasP only reduced HIV transmission by 26 percent.”
And here are some noteworthy quotes from the OSHSB analysis of Petition 560:
The Petitioner’s proposal for new Section 5193.1 requests that the Board make amendments to existing BBP protections that would render the California standard less protective than the federal equivalent standard.
With latency periods for sexually transmitted infections, even the industry’s intense STD testing protocol is not as protective of employee health as observing universal precautions.
Here are the referenced PDF Files
Petition 560 DOSH evaluation (2016-07-08)
Petition 560 OSHSB evaluation (2016-07-14)
You would think that the FSC would at least be in denial about yesterdays post, but instead they are very much up in arms about how that information got leaked to me.
Probably because most performers read it and shrugged it off, I got almost no emails about it, its as if nobody cares, and maybe they don’t. We already know that some people are doing it anyway, its pretty common knowledge that with Mexico close by some performers run to TJ and stockpile Z packs for themselves and others, they then take these 4 or 5 days prior to the next test date so that they test clean.
I did get a notification from a source in Cal-OSHA that said no way they would put a stamp of approval on this.
There is something else that this person pointed out. The rules call for “barrier protection” and that is NOT limited to traditional condoms, the new female condoms would apply in that case. The point being that The Free Speech Coalition, as usual, is lying their asses off about condoms and dental dams and goggles.
They have a few performers who are dumb enough to buy into it. The FSC knows better than anyone how much so many performers look for an authority figure, something that has been lacking for most if not all of their lives, and The FSC exploits that, acting as an authority figure that claims to be on their side.
But lets be honest here, really honest. If the FSC is really on your side would they want you to die? Would they be indifferent to your health because some lowlife can’t get it up with a condom. Really y’all porn isn’t worth having an illness for a week, much less the rest of your life and certainly not an illness that could kill you.
I have been asking for years for someone to explain to me why it shouldn’t be left up to the performers to use a condom or not.
Do you guys have any idea how many times I have gotten emails from girls who were pressured by the director, their agents, their performing partner, to work with a guy who had a sore on his dick …and wound up with Herpes or Gonorrhea or Chlamydia or Warts, no porn scene is worth that y’all.
There are reasonable solutions to this problem and The FSC has no intention of exploring them because Eric Paul Leue, or Diane Duke or whomever else doesn’t give nearly as much of a fuck about you as they do the money they get from Manwin/MindGeek every month.
Matter of fact this doesn’t just apply to performers, do you really think they care about you John Stagliano? They care about your money but they sold you out entirely to people who are providing your content to anyone who wants it for free.
Same goes for you Jules Jordan, Elegant Angel, all of you. Why would anyone buy your product when they can download it for free right now in less time than it would take to go to the closest video store and buy or rent it. You guys don’t need me to point out that The FSC enabled this to happen, yet you continue to give money to these people who have harmed you.
You know this without my saying it, so why in Gods name would you give them money? Have you asked yourself what it is that the FSC has done for you? The one victory they have, and it is still pending was 2257, but did it change anything? did it save you money? You were keeping IDs on file long before 2257 was a law, we all were because it would have been insane not to.
So why hasn’t the FSC done anything that would really help you, your employees, your performers? when faced with piracy The FSC conspired with Manwin (at the time, now MindGeek) to screw you with a program that put money in the pockets of The FSC and Manwin…They flat out told you that if you pay them they wont pirate your material…and guess what…they did it anyway, and what did you do?
I’ll give you a hint, look up the meaning of these words in the dictionary (chump, mark, sucker, sap, fool, dupe, dimwit, patsy, pushover) starting to recognize anyone you know? Believe me the FSC sees you.
We can do better….de-fund these thieves and set up an organization that answers to you, not Manwin/MindGeek, make the accountable, something that The FSC is not…you think they are?…tell me then how do you get rid of Eric Paul Leue?
You can’t period.
Do you think that is how it should be? John, Jules….I don’t think you guys are really that stupid, and I know in the case of John Stagliano that he cares, I know that he knows that we can do better than these fools at the FSC.
America has decided that it’s time to clean house, it’s time we did the same thing.
When I first heard this I didn’t believe it, I said even The FSC is not THAT stupid, Not that wreckless and careless with performers lives. I guess I was wrong.
It has come to my attention via an FSC leak, that one of the plans of The Free Speech Coalition is to mandate a regular dose of antibiotic drugs as a way to cut down the number of gonorrhea and chlamydia cases. Yes you read that right, mandated, whether you need them or not.
I shouldn’t have to point out how insanely stupid that is, overuse of antibiotics is why we have drug resistant strains of Gonorrhea MRSA and other infections. To put performers at risk in this manner illustrates how little regard The FSC has for the lives of performers, I had hopes that Pepe le Pew or whatever his name is that replaced Diane Duke wouldn’t be as abhorrent and as lacking in basic humanity as Diane Duke but apparently that will not be the case. They are, as they have in the past putting money ahead of the health and welfare of performers.
I can not n a million years imagine that Cal-OSHA would go along with this hare-brained idea, but the fact that they intend to present it to Cal OSHA absolutely speaks volumes.
Performers….PLEASE do not submit to this idea, it will cause you so many problems down the road, just say no way.
I do NOT for the life of me understand why it is so hard to mandate that condoms be required to be available on every set and it is up to the ADULT performers to decide if they want to use them or not, but nobody seems to want it that way except, as I understand it, The new union.
Former WWE star Sunny. She was apparently very popular in the mid 1990s. and has decided to appear in ““Sunny Side Up: In Through the Backdoor.” for Vivid Entertainment.
What is interesting is what her motive may be, seems she has had soe run ins with the law
Tamara Sytch, who worked for the WWE as “Sunny,” was arrested three times in three days in Branford, Conn. on domestic violence-related charges in 2012. (Sounds like she’d fit right in with porn)
‘Sunny’ was pulled over for driving wildly in a Walmart parking lot in May and charged with a DUI, driving with a suspended license and careless driving. “Sunny,” was arrested Wednesday in Pennsylvania for skipping three hearings stemming from a May arrest.
No word at this time on when the sex video was filmed.
Some people are tellingme that this is old news, that its been on the tubes forever, I got the google alert today and it was from today, maybe Vivid is now releasing sometyhing that has been on tubesites for a while or something, who knows I dont keep up with rasselin or pseudo celebrity sex tapes
The former Diva’s real name is Tammy Sytch and she told American website TMZ that Vivid Entertainment boss Steve Hirsch had originally offered her £76,000 to star in the adult film but she turned it down before later accepting a “much much higher” offer. – TheSportBible.com
Last night I watched the Republican Convention, I wanted to hear what Trump had to say. Here are my thoughts.
Chelsea Clinton is in deep shit, Ivanka Trump was GOOD, one of the best public speakers I have ever seen, her message was on point, clear concise and did what it was designed to do. She has a big future in politics if she ever goes that route.
Trump seemed to hit the points but I noticed something very interesting, for one he pushed the Republican party, albeit kicking and screaming, into supporting the LGBTQ community. I think he made it clear that under his administration things like the North Carolina bathroom law are not going to get much support.
I also noticed that God was not mentioned even once. That’s a huge departure from the Republican ass kissing of the evangelical right that we have come to expect. Personally I believe that Trump is a lot more of a moderate than his detractors would have you believe, he appears soft on gay rights issues, he has stated that the problem with Obamacare is that it isn’t single payer, he has come out strongly in favor dismantling Dodd Frank.
The Washington Times called him “A textbook example of an ideological moderate”
He called the Iraq war a mistake because it diverted money from domestic issues that need it more. From where I sit Trump seems disinclined to pay anything more than just a little lip service to the religious right. If you think his failure to mention God in that long ass speech last night was just a simple oversight think again. It’s a clear message, just as his mention of the LGBTQ community was a clear message.
I do not fear a Trump presidency anywhere near as much as I fear a Hillary Clinton presidency, or a Jeb Bush presidency, for reasons I have mentioned before, namely party infighting will consume Washington DC so much for four years that they wont agree on anything, and it seems that when they do agree on something it is sticking their hands in our pockets and their noses in our bedrooms.
All of this said Trump does not have my vote. My vote is something that is meaningful to me and the people who gave their lives to insure that I have a say so in my government will never be dishonored by my giving my vote to someone who hasn’t earned it. They didn’t die so that I could hold my nose and pick the lesser of two evils. You want my vote you earn it, it is that simple.
As in past elections The Libertarians have earned my vote. Gary Johnson has earned my vote, because ideologically he represents me and what I want for this country, and even though Trump is exhibiting many Libertarian views I feel like he is not bone fide, as my southern brers (tip of my hat to Joel Chandler Harris) from years past would say.
My platform….I am a strong constitutionalist I believe in a very strong first AND second amendment
I believe that as a society we have determined that health care is a right and as such someone has to pay for it and the only way to do that fairly is single payer. Plain and simple.
I believe that the money we have spent destabilizing the middle east would have been better spent on above-mentioned healthcare, the money we spent in the last ten years there would have provided healthcare for every man, woman and child in this country for the rest of their lives. This is YOUR money people, the government has NO money except what they take from you by force, you have every right to tell them how they can spend it.
Without being xenophobic, I believe that we need to stop being the world police, we need to stay out of things that don’t pose any direct threat to us. Our policies in Iran and Iraq and Libya for example have led to an outcome that would have been very different had we let them work it out on their own. This also means we stop giving them money and arms, that all too often get used against us anyway.
I believe in taking care of our own
I am no fan of hyphenated Americans, if you want to identify with your ancestry fine but be American first….Teddy Roosevelt was right about this.
While I am on the subject our politicians like nothing better than when we subdivide ourselves into special interests, it makes us much easier to manipulate and control, their biggest nightmare is when white, black, brown, yellow and red all walk arm in arm and say it is US against you, we will no longer play your game of fighting each other, my brother is not my problem, my government is my problem. Same goes for straight, gay, bi, trans and whatever else is used to divide and conquer us.
I believe we need serious criminal reform, we have way too many Americans in jail for doing nothing that threatened anyone’s life, liberty, property or pursuit of happiness. Smoking a plant is not something that warrants depriving someone of their freedom, this is just another method of dividing and conquering us. and the jails are little more than holding pens until they get out and inevitably return usually for way worse things than they originally went to jail for….why because jail made them worse, not better, jail taught them to be more violent, nurturing a fight to survive instinct. Too many people go in as non violent offenders and come out as menaces to society.
I believe that the morality of a country comes from the top down and that if you want citizens to treat each other like human beings it is incumbent on the leaders to lead by example. More and more we are becoming a global society, I can communicate directly right now with people from all over the earth and it becomes clearer every day that despite what our governments would have us believe, I’m not really very different from Sergei, or Mikhail, or Hans, or Jose we all just want to be left alone to live our lives peacefully.
Finally I saw a lot of signs about how “We deserve better than Hillary” and I would like to think that we do, I also would like to think that we deserve better than Trump, but do we? there is a very old political adage that states that people get the government that they deserve. Think about that, think about that before you cast your vote in November.
Anyone in porn any length of time remembers IBill, they were at one time the worlds largest processor of credit cards for adult sites. They shut down overnight owing a LOT of webmasters a LOT of money, fortunately I was not one of them, for those of you that were…This happened today
An investment banker once dubbed “Porn’s New King” and accused of engineering a scheme with his father and two brothers to reap illegal profits by manipulating a reinsurer’s stock price pleaded guilty to fraud charges on Thursday.
Jason Galanis, 46, of Los Angeles, admitted to securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, and two conspiracy charges at a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in Manhattan.
Under a plea deal, Galanis agreed not to appeal any prison term of 12-1/2 years or fewer, and agreed to forfeit nearly $37.6 million plus two properties. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 9.
Galanis’ plea came one day after his father John pleaded guilty to related securities fraud and conspiracy charges concerning the reinsurer, Gerova Financial Group Ltd.
Two brothers, Jared and Derek Galanis, and former Gerova Chairman Gary Hirst were also criminally charged, and according to prosecutors, face a Sept. 12 trial.
The case is one of two pending against Jason Galanis, who was nicknamed “Porn’s New King” by Forbes magazine in 2004 after buying the nation’s largest processor of credit card payments for internet pornography (IBill).
In May, prosecutors unveiled separate charges accusing Galanis of engineering a roughly $60 million bond scam targeting South Dakota’s Oglala Sioux Nation, and using proceeds to make investments and buy luxury goods.
In the Gerova case, prosecutors said Jason Galanis, with the assistance of Hirst, amassed more than 5 million shares, nearly half of the reinsurer’s public float, and had them issued to a so-called straw holder to disguise his ownership.
Galanis then allegedly bribed investment advisers to buy Gerova shares for their own clients, and through coordinated trading sold Gerova shares from the straw holder’s account.
Prosecutors said Galanis’ wrongdoing occurred between 2007 and 2011. The Gerova stock manipulation scheme resulted in nearly $20 million in profits, they said.
“I knew the conduct was not correct,” Jason Galanis said at Thursday’s hearing. “I wasn’t aware of statutes at the time, but I knew the conduct was not correct, possibly illegal.”
Two other defendants were also charged in the Gerova case. The broker Gavin Hamels has pleaded guilty, while the alleged straw holder, Ymer Shahini, is a fugitive.
Jason Galanis has been in custody since his May arrest over the tribal bond scheme. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court refused to restore his bail.
The case is U.S. v. Galanis et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 15-cr-00643.
The U.S. Government has arrested the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, the world’s largest torrent site. The 30-year-old Ukrainian was arrested in Poland today and is charged with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. In addition, a federal court in Chicago has ordered the seizure of several KAT domain names.
With millions of unique visitors per day KickassTorrents (KAT) has become the most-used torrent site on the Internet, beating even The Pirate Bay.
Today, however, the site has run into a significant roadblock after U.S. authorities announced the arrest of the site’s alleged owner.
The 30-year-old Artem Vaulin, from Ukraine, was arrested today in Poland from where the United States has requested his extradition.
In a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the alleged owner is charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.
The complaint further reveals that the feds posed as an advertiser, which revealed a bank account associated with the site.
It also shows that Apple handed over personal details of Vaulin after the investigator cross-referenced an IP-address used for an iTunes transaction with an IP-address that was used to login to KAT’s Facebook account.
“Records provided by Apple showed that email@example.com conducted an iTunes transaction using IP Address 188.8.131.52 on or about July 31, 2015. The same IP Address was used on the same day to login into the KAT Facebook,” the complaint reads.
In addition to the arrest in Poland, the court also granted the seizure of a bank account associated with KickassTorrents, as well as several of the site’s domain names.
Commenting on the announcement, Assistant Attorney General Caldwell said that KickassTorrents helped to distribute over $1 billion in pirated files.
“Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials.”
“In an effort to evade law enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on servers located in countries around the world and moved his domains due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits. His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice.”
KAT’s .com and .tv domains are expected to be seized soon by Verisign. For the main Kat.cr domain and several others, seizure warrants will be sent to the respective authorities under the MLAT treaty.
At the time of writing the main domain name Kat.cr has trouble loading, but various proxies still appear to work. KAT’s status page doesn’t list any issues, but we assume that this will be updated shortly.
TorrentFreak has reached out to the KAT team for a comment on the news and what it means for the site’s future, but we have yet to hear back.
It has been a while since I had one but today I listened to the controversial Melania Trump Speech ( mountain/molehill anyone) and it reminded me of a stripper in Dayton.
She was from Hungary and she had that thick accent. We were all in the office one night and she was counting her money and one of the guys asked her to say “We should be hunting moose and squirrel”
She rolls her eyes, shrugs her shoulders and open her arms and declares….
“Vhat is dees sex u all fascination you Amerikam men have vith MOOSE AND SQUIRREL”
The entire office breaks into tears laughing and the poor girl has no clue, obviously, why….I am guessing that this was NOT the first time she had been asked to say that
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I got an email from a high up at AT&T telling me the next time I have an outage that lasts more than an hour to call him, he gave me his personal number…interesting, nice to have though if I stay with At&T, I have been waiting patiently for google fiber, I have seen the trucks all over my hood for the last year and a half but it still isnt available yet….man what I wouldn’t give for that kind of upload speed!
When I got up this morning I flipped on the TV as I usually do and started my day with the news. later I flipped around and stopped on “The View”, something I NEVER do, they were having a Donald/Melanie Trump hatefest. I did notice that there are a couple of very intelligent people on there, but everytime they try to say something intelligent they get shouted down by a ginger harpie named Joy Bezoar or something and Whoopie (why DID she name herself after her farts?…seriously she did…turns out she routinely farts during taping of “The View” I am unsure how they discern what is gas and what is her actual thought.) Anyway, I can’t help but think that this kind of programming actually sets women back by years…the more an intelligent one tries to speak in a reasonable tone the more the two less intelligent ones shout and talk over the top of her, thats a damn shame, the two on the right hand side (one is an attorney I think) certainly seemed to be trying to insert reason and thought into what is otherwise just a cacaphony of noise, I couldn’t take it anymore and changed the channel.
It has been over a year since I have been offshore fishing and it is making me cranky.
Books I am reading: Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers
TV Shows I currently Watch: Black Sails, Roadies, Frontline, Nova, Mr Robot, The Americans, Silicon Valley
Recent Movies I liked: Zootopia, (The DMV workers had me in stitches) there havent been any others, good movies seem to be a rarity these days, everything is a remake or a comic book turned into a movie
I have no idea how this column devolved into this…enough LOL
Don’t let the AT&T horseshit ads fool you my internet has been out since Sat afternoon and it was an “area outage” … three fucking days…. all I had was cell access to the net which was way too slow for anything productive, but all is well now…for now.
While I was out apparently Monica Foster thinks I made a death threat to someone…lord what does that girl smoke…I can’t be mean to her because it just isn’t in me to attack people with mental health issues. I know she is pissed because I accepted an ad from Randazza so I guess now that makes me the enemy….Good Lord….anyway, Will catch up Thanks Y’all
After hearing about the attack in France last night the first thing that came to mind was I hope that Sabrina, Ovidie and theirs friends and families are all OK. The internet has brought us all closer together in ways we probably couldn’t have imagined. I feel like I know them, and in Ovidies case I do, but the point is that it immediately made me empathetic.
At some point people are going to get tired of these attacks on innocent people minding their own business and retaliate.
It reminds me of Donny Long, and to a lesser degree Dave and Sean Tompkins, I would not be even a little surprised to learn that any of them but Donny in particular was murdered by someone who simply had had enough, law enforcement is slow if not disinterested and at some point someone will reach the breaking point and that will be that.
Same with Islaamic Fundamentalism. At some point France, The UK, Germany, Russia, The US and others are going to be pushed to the point that we say enough is enough and there will be an all out war to wipe these people off the map and there won’t be much concern for who is radicalized and who isn’t. Just like porn and Donny Long there comes a time when you have to say if it takes throwing out the baby to get rid of this bath water then so be it, in the long run it will save many innocent lives.
One of the problems I see with Islaam here is that I don’t see many people whole heartedly denouncing what is being done in the name of their “peaceful” religion. truth is when Canada investigated they found that most of the mosques were being used as recruiting centers for terrorist organisations, I wouldn’t be surprised to find the same thing here in the United States.
There is NO excusing attacks on innocent civilians, none, and I think we are reaching a tipping point, not just in this country but all over the world, because all over the world we are starting to understand and empathize with each other because people like Ovidie and Sabrina are no longer just some obscure foreigner whose culture we barely understand, they are our friends, we communicate with them regularly and we see ourselves, it becomes more personal.
Dwight Cunningham aka Dave, Pimp for The Luxury Companion
[I am getting conflicting info on this sentencing although its mostly semantics one thing for sure, he IS on Probation for 5 years, if he fucks up he goes to jail for a minimum of 5 years. If he doesn’t fuck up he can have this expunged. On another point he was only prosecuted on ONE of the three charges, although he is a felon and it is a felony for him to have a gun on his person, he wasn’t charged with that So in essece he was charged with shooting at a car with a firearm that he didn’t have in his hands…how much sense does that make? None until you consider that charge carries a mandatory jail sentence, talk about the fix being in, this is what you call justice? L/A. County is dirty as hell and it seems nobody cares, except the FBI…Go figure.]
Dwight Cunningham aka Dave from the Luxury Companion was sentenced to 5 to 10 years today for discharging a firearm at a car. The judge then suspended the sentence and put him on 5 years probation.
Something seems very shady here since Dwight is already a convicted felon and shouldn’t have had a firearm in the first place and he shot at a person not at a car, word is that Dave’s girlfriends cousin is an L.A. District Attorney (Karen Borzakian) and got it fixed for him working in association with a judge who is also a relative. Dwight got off lucky indeed….The kind of luck most people don’t have.
This puts Dwight under a microscope for the next 5 years, at least in theory. meaning anything more than a speeding ticket will land him in jail for 5 to 10. His association with The Luxury Companion had certainly better come to an end.
There are a lot of people right now who want Dave in jail and would be happy to drop a dime on his sorry ass so I doubt he will stay clean. The question is when he does fuck up will anything happen to him or will his connections get him out of it yet again.
If you ask me it is time for the Feds to look into this and it is my understanding that they are….Stay tuned, I guarantee you this one isn’t over. No way in hell Dave can keep his alligator mouth shut for five years, or even five months…