CCBill To No Longer Process for File Locker Sites

Written by Bec on June 15, 2012 – 4:19 PM -

Now this is some great news! Many of the file lockers have been allowing uploads of not only trademarked videos, but illegal content videos, and it is obvious the task of moderating and removing questionable content is above and beyond the site owners. Bravo to all at CCBill for taking a stand!

To our friends and colleagues:
CCBILL HAS DISCONTINUED ITS PROCESSING RELATIONSHIPS WITH FILE LOCKER WEBSITES.

Effective immediately, CCBill has discontinued processing for all file locker websites. While CCBill continues to back the business models of our client base without bias, it has been made aware of multiple instances involving content residing on various client websites which violate our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

Due to the sensitivity of the matter, CCBill conducted an exhaustive internal investigation with the goal of determining the validity of claims concerning the breach of our AUP. Following the investigation, CCBill decided it can no longer provide transaction services to businesses operating a file locker model.

From inception, CCBill relied on the ability of file locker websites to actively monitor incoming uploads from external sources and immediately remove any illicit files thereafter identified. It has become clear that such a task is both difficult for website operators to accomplish and nearly impossible for CCBill to verify.

CCBill would like to thank those individuals who have provided examples of content existing on file locker websites which is in violation of our AUP. We are all part of this community and we believe it is our collective responsibility to maintain core values and ethics within the adult marketplace. CCBill has, and always will maintain its high standards in dealing with copyright infringement, illegal content and all aspects of our AUP.

CCBill holds client privacy in the highest regard, and under no circumstance will we discuss specific details related to any previous or current client relationship. We respectfully ask for consideration of these policies, and thus please do not ask us to betray this trust.

Gary Jackson
Managing VP
CCBill


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Writing a Proper DMCA Notice

Written by Bec on October 17, 2011 – 7:00 AM -

How to Write a Proper DMCA Notice
A Proper DMCA Notice will notify a domain (hereafter refered to as xyzdomain) that is illegally posting your content of the particular facts in a document signed under penalty of perjury. We refer to this as a “Proper DMCA Notice.”  You can read and download more about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act here. To write a proper DMCA notice you should provide the following information:

  1. Identify yourself as either:
    1. The owner of a copyrighted work(s), or
    2. A person “authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
  2. State your contact information, including your TRUE NAME, street address, telephone number, and email address.
  3. Identify the copyrighted work that you believe is being infringed, or if a large number of works are appearing at a single website, a representative list of the works.
  4. Identify the material that you claim is infringing your copyrighted work, to which you are requesting that xyzdomain disable access over the World Wide Web.
  5. Identify the location of the material on the World Wide Web by providing “information reasonably sufficient to permit the xyzdomain to locate the material.”
  6. State that you have “a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agents, or the law.”
  7. State that the information in the notice is accurate, under penalty of perjury.

Sign the notice with an electronic signature and email it, and be sure to send a copy to yourself, and to your lawyer.

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For a fee their dedicated staff patrols blogs, filesharing sites, torrents, newsgroups and other places on the internet where your files are being illegally shared. The minute they find one of your files, they add it to their system, which then sends out take-down notices every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day.

If you want to find your files yourself and use their automated platform to make your life easier, sign up for their free do-it-yourself service for more information.


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Restricted to Adults WordPress Plugin

Written by Bec on February 28, 2011 – 5:29 PM -

Keeping your blogs “child safe” got a lot easier with the creation of a plugin that works with the Restricted to Adults labeling system. There’s a lot of content which isn’t appropriate for all ages so The [Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP)](http://www.asacp.org/ “ASACP) has developed the Restricted to Adults (RTA) tag which most online protection software respects.

Installing the RTA tag on a WordPress install can be somewhat complicated, so the Restricted to Adults plugin makes it one click — just activate the plugin and your site is restricted to adults. Pick it up here, or do a search and auto install with your plugin side panel options.

For non-wordpress adult sites, grab the meta tag code to use in your header at RTALabel.org


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Turn Text Into An Image Plugin for WordPress

Written by Bec on September 29, 2010 – 8:01 AM -

It’s funny how I’ll be surfing around the web and read about a new webmaster tool and within a day or so I see someone posting about some problem and I realize the new tool I found would be perfect to solve the problem!

Such is the case when I came across ChadKnowsLaw’s post on Just Us Webmasters about displaying 2257 information and protecting your email address from the web crawlers by making an image file and putting it online instead of typing out actual text to display the addy.

2257 statements are actually pretty simple — you need a name of a real person, a real address (not a PO box or MailBoxes Etc address) and that is about it. I suggest including an email address that routes to your real address.

HOWEVER, if you are John Smith, write J. Smith or John S or even John Smythe. The spelling does not need to be correct so long as we can figure out who the hell we are looking for.

Next, when making the box with this info, make it an image file, not a text file. A text file can be picked up by the spiders, so someone looking for John Smith will find him as a Custodian of Records if he is listed in a text file, but his name is invisible as an image file.

So, the end result should look something like this:

John S
246 Balderdash Lane
Cornholing, Hampshire h1n1

as an image file.

Now that’s excellent advice Chad! And it is all well and good if you happen to have a graphics program and can make a quick .jpg to toss onto your website, but …what if you don’t? For bloggers I came across this incredible new plugin that actually converts text to an image for you! And it’s appropriately named: Image Text

According to the developer of Image Text:  “text can be pasted as a picture in an article or page to protect mail addresses or post addresse against automated crawlers.”

Download IMAGE TEXT plugin from the WordPress site.


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3rd Party 2257 Management Solution Announced

Written by Bec on June 9, 2009 – 3:19 PM -

June 8th, 2009- Woodland Hills, CA

Third party custodian of records service, 2257Safe.com is now open for business. Recent changes to 18 USC 2257 and 28 CFR 75 now permit third party record keeping of your 2257 records. 2257Safe.com claims to have the best web based, record keeping solution. One of the benefits of 2257Safe.com is anonymity. Your personal address information, or office location, can be shielded from being publicly displayed on your website.

2257Safe.com provides you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your 2257 records are safe, secure and organized. 2257Safe.com was designed to take the inherent hassle out of 2257 record keeping so you can focus your time on more important matters such as growing your business.

2257Safe.com was designed for the needs of the small to medium size primary and secondary producers with affordable membership plans to fit the budget of anyone required to store and maintain 2257 records. The company was conceived and designed by a team of individuals who are extremely familiar with the requirements of 18 USC 2257 and 28 CFR 75. The team behind 2257Safe.com consists of adult industry attorney, Michael Fattorosi, YTracker software developer, Dan Underhill, and adult industry insider, Kevin Blatt. Together they are uniquely qualified to understand your needs in maintaining proper records.

” We have been designing and testing this system for more than six months, as many companies who beta tested this product can attest, we have developed the best web based solution for third party record keeping.” Blatt also goes on to say, ” All United States based adult companies need to keep their records current under 18 USC 2257, and we have developed a web-enabled system that everyone can use to manage their own records that is very user friendly and simple to learn”.

Dan Underhill introduced YTracker in 2005 as a desktop 2257 record keeping application and it was greeted with great enthusiasm. Since its release our user base has been wanting to see the functionality that we have achieved with 2257Safe, but at the time 3rd party record keeping was not an option which limited what we could do with the program. According to Dan he is “absolutely thrilled to have the chance to the take all of the field-tested features of YTracker and use it as the basis for a completely brand new, web-enabled application that goes where YTracker could not before. YTracker is still a great tool for those not needing 3rd party help, but 2257Safe’s Application has taken the process of convenient record keeping to a whole new level.”

2257Safe.com’s premium services are available to all clients large or small. You only pay for the hosting space required to store your records, not the number of records in your database. 2257Safe.com’s automatic file compression functionality provides greater than 90% in file space savings from the original files that you upload. Since high quality, consumer-ready files are not needed for the sake of your records we can make sure you are only storing only the quality that is needed. The system is hosted on PCI-DSS Servers. PCI-DSS compliance is the gold standard among security-based data storage. 2257Safe.com’s servers are PCI-DSS compliant and that translates into safety and security for your records.

2257Safe.com’s plans start as low as $9.99 a month for a gigabyte of storage.

For more information on pricing, plans or licensing, please email kevin@2257safe.com


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2257 Commercial Software Package Options

Written by Bec on January 11, 2008 – 6:28 PM -

2257 Software Packages

 

For commercial 2257 software solutions, check out this article from Xbiz:

2257MadeEasy
Operating system: Novell Linux,
Windows XP/Vista, Mac 10.4 or better
Support: Phone, email, web-based tickets and user forums
Developer: Metrosharp Corp.
MSRP: Free to less than $1,000
URL: 2257MadeEasy.com

Metrosharp Corp. in May acquired Psyance LLC’s 2257MadeEasy, the first commercial 2257-compliance package on the market. The new owner, comprised of former Microsoft employees, plans to release Version 2.0 in January after a complete overhaul.

2257 Model Age Verification and Information System (MAVIS)
Operating system: Win 98, XP Home/Pro
Support: Phone, email, instant messenger, fax
Developer: Brady & Associates LLC
MSRP: $299.99 to $999.99
URL: 2257ware.com

MAVIS has been available since mid-2005 and doesn’t seem to have evolved much (if at all) since late that year. It’s a standalone Windows application that uses a proprietary database and provides a separate inspection query application and built-in image scanning and manipulation capabilities.

2257 Software
Operating system: Linux
Support: Email
Developer: Robert Lum
MSRP: Free
URL: 2257Software.org

Generically named 2257 Software is a freeware product designed for Linux servers equipped with an Apache server, PHP and MySQL or PostgreSQL. Records may be synchronized between primary and secondary producers as long as both employ the same software and both databases are connected to the web. It’s a basic effort that requires some programming knowledge to use effectively, but for small studios on a budget, it could be a viable solution. An auditing feature allows users to track changes to the database.

2257 Tracker
Operating system: Windows 98/2000/XP
Support: Email
Developer: Kelly Copley
MSRP: Free
URL: Studio9AndAHalf.100Webspace.net

Released in August, 2257 Tracker is another freeware product that provides basic record-keeping abilities. An attractive interface allows both entry and inspection of records, although in inspection mode some data is obscured and all data is locked so it can’t be changed. Cross-referencing and search capabilities are limited, and there is no built-in ability to synchronize records between companies.

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