opinion

The Internet Dilemma

Stephen Yagielowicz
XBIZ received the following letter from Frank Lefevre of the Love Shack in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and I thought I'd share it with you:

To whom it may concern

I am writing this letter in hopes it will get to the right people. I am in the adult industry, on the sales end of it, as a matter of fact a brick and mortar mom and pop store. I have been doing this for many years, and now I am simply beside myself.

At one time I used to think the people running this industry were simply genius, but now I have to second guess myself, what idiots, you have allowed the Internet to take over your souls.

Have any of these companies ever heard of "supply and demand"?

Obviously not, you put your movies online for the simple reason that this is the future, and also the greed factor, but now you complain that people can get content for free, and they do once your movie content is online that's it, every Tom, Dick and Harry will and do display it for [everyone] to have for free.

Do I, as one person have the answer for this, probably not but I do have an opinion, if you make your video content only accessible in certain places, guess what you can get more for this content, in other words if you produce the movies, sell it to a distributor and then the distributor sells it to brick and mortar stores where this is the only place to get adult porn, you will get the high price for your content.

As far as what is already on the Internet, if every large production company pulls their content off now, and don't release no more, then you will be able to police the Internet much better, if you release a new movie and do not release it to the Internet, and the contents end up on the Internet, you have the chance to place criminal charges on whoever placed it there.

Sounds like a simple solution but was the Internet the answer, just ask the music industry, all the performers, have their songs stolen every single day, if they were still on vinyl or CDs only they would still [be] getting paid for each copy sold.

There is still time to end this dilemma of this thing called the Internet, all I'm saying is if a company produced a movie and only sold it to distributors, and then to a brick and mortar store, and the content was never released online, if it does appear online then you have the right to go after the webmaster, for releasing your content. And then you will get top dollar for your content because it's not everywhere.

Get it "supply and demand."

I wrote this in hopes you will publish this letter lets make a stand before this industry is ruined. I believe this industry is full of talented people, so stick together and get paid, don't give it away.

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