Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Pirated/file sharing spanking videos and a secret spanko tip
Took a little mini-break from blogging but hoping to come back with a pot-stirring post about a subject that's plenty controversial and I don't think has ever been discussed in the polite society of spanking blogs.
A couple of years ago, Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book called Outliers in which he examined those super-acheivers in their field. One of Gladwell's theories was that it took about 10,000 hours to become an expert in a field. Don't know if I'm quite there yet, but I'm probably closer than I'd like to admit in terms of time (and a small fortune) spent consuming spanking movies on the internet. In fact, until a couple of years ago, watching spanking videos was the only way I expressed my spanking desires.
Ask any spanking content provider and they'll say that you have to pay for really good content. The reaction to the sharing of videos is just like that of Hollywood and the music industry was before itunes changed the marketplace and effectively killed the market for filesharing of more mainstream files.
Well, you don't HAVE to pay for top quality spanking videos Just google "myfavoritespankingsite.com downloads" and you'll come across plenty. Search a little more and you can find forums or short-lived yahoo groups where people post links and share videos that they've uploaded.
Since I'm a secret spanko and already of questionable moral integrity... I'll admit it. I've done it. It's been awhile. (Funny how talking to real people substantially curbs the spanking movie habit.) Spanking content providers have a seemingly valid argument that such activity hurts their business. It's black-and-white. Sharing is stealing, and it's wrong. Kind of hard to argue with that, but I still see a little gray there. I'd think that most people sharing files for free probably don't have the means to subscribe to spanking sites, so it's probably not hurting their business as much as they might think. Based soley on my personal experience, like the (ahem, hypothetical) college student who found a song on Napster and then bought a CD for his truck, I've subscribed to spanking video sites after 1st having been exposed to them on a file sharing site. (The super sexy spankamber.com and the decidely amateur but surprisingly fun girlsspankedhard.com both fit this.)
Further, there are unfortunately defunct sites and those videos would be lost without sharing. (Anyone remember Raven Hill or the excellent spankingcouple.com?) I like those early videos that you can't purchase legitimately, back when spanking models had pubic hair.
On the other hand, there are true thieves out there. Folks who get a password, and upload everything from a site in order to get points or karma as a big member of one of those file sharing boards. (Before you condemn, think about how satisfying it is to see your pageviews go up or get "chrossed" -the spanking video sharers have a similar if somewhat perverted community and give credit to each other.) Far worse, in my opinion are those that share for a profit. Yes, there are folks that try to make money from this. True pirates, they upload and share tons of videos, and for each download, they get fractions of a penny. But apparently those pennies add up in the developing world, because they keep doing it.
This is a widespread issue. Not long after I started communicating with other folks into spanking, I was surprised by this seemingly innocent younger girl who wasn't sure she wanted to meet me based on her morals but who tried to "teach me" all about how to get spanking videos for free and offered to trade passes she'd gotten on a hacker site.
Readers, I'll shoot you straight here... I think it's worth supporting pay sites, and I have almost continuously for years and years. I enjoy their content, and to continue to provide that content, they need paying subscribers... but I have no moral high ground to stand upon. The few times I've visited these sharing sites in the last few years, I haven't downloaded the latest updates from a known site provided by one of the thieves, but searched for those classics. However, I'll leave the moral argument to someone else. But I will say... and here's my secret spanko tip... STAY AWAY!!!!
First of all, these sites are on the wrong side of the tracks of the internet town, and make that fact all too clear. Better have all your pop-up blockers fully engaged and your anti-virus and anti-malware up to date. Even then, they take forever to download, are slow as hell, and you have to download multiple parts (creating multiple opportunities to mess things up) and then attempt to join the multiple parts. It's tempting, but if you succumb to the temptation, it's a royal pain-in-the-ass. (And not in a good way!) The links you download them from are called something like superupload.com, they get shut down frequently, and are not just from the wrong side of town, but located in the crack houses on the wrong side of town of the internet. Trying to do this is a real beat-down. You can supposedly get higher download speeds if you sign up and pay these downloading sites, but I wouldn't want to give my credit card info to a website that's encouraging questionable and probably illegal activities. (even/especially if it's registered in Russia!) I'm slightly paranoid, but have NEVER had a problem with CCBill giving them my real name and CC#. From my understanding, it's quite a pain to become registered with CCBill, but that means you can trust the websites that are.
I've never actually uploaded something to share on one of those superupload.com type sites, but I recently tried doing so for a legitimate purpose. (I was going to send a copy of a demonstration-type video that I'd purchased on a clips4sale site to someone.) I tried 3 times, and she still hasn't been able to download it. Basically, the whole thing is a monumental pain in the ass.
So do yourself (and the spanking community) a favor and if you want top quality spanking videos... go ahead and pay for it. You'll feel better about yourself, and spend more time uhm... enjoying the movies and less time getting thoroughly pissed off at your computer.
Hope I haven't pissed off any spanking industry types reading this by not condemning shared videos thoroughly enough, but I think the topic is worthy of real and honest discussion.
at 2:42 AM