Los Angeles — The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts will host adult entertainment performer and sexual wellness authority jessica drake and digital piracy expert Nate Glass as featured speakers. Addressing the interrelated effects of sexual stigma and digital piracy in a panel titled, “The Piracy of Sex,” drake draws upon her experience as a Wicked Pictures contract performer/director, while Glass expands on his work as the owner of Takedown Piracy. Moderated by David Lerner, Ph.D., the discussion and open format Q&A is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 30 in USC’S Ray Stark Family Theatre.
In their ongoing lecture series, “The Piracy of Sex,” Nate Glass and jessica drake explore how the problem of digital piracy is even more prevalent with sexual content. While the autonomy of the Internet helps generate a larger audience, including women, for porn, fetish videos, and live sex shows, it also allows people to hide behind aliases and justify their actions. The stigmas still surrounding sexuality contribute to the rampant pirating, as do performers’ lack of funds and resources. Glass and drake discuss the effect of piracy on sex workers and adult entertainment producers and how they can fight back and protect their copyrights!
“I’m excited to speak with USC students,” jessica drake says. “When I speak on the topic of sex education, I usually focus very heavily on consent. Piracy is a virtual violation of consent, which is why I’m so glad to have someone like Nate helping protect the movies I make, while also touring with me to educate people on the matter.”
Nate Glass adds, “Many people dismiss piracy as a way of life – it’s something the younger generation has grown up with, and it’s ingrained in the way they think. I don’t agree with that. I’m not the same person I was when I was twenty, and I like to think it’s for the better. Our goal is to have an honest and open dialogue with USC students, as well as other college students. From there they can make up their own minds, but at least we helped give them all the facts first.”
USC is the most recent stop in jessica drake’s tour of college campuses, speaking on topics relating to the modernization of sex education. In February, drake was a featured speaker at UCLA, participating on a panel titled, “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment,” where she discussed the power dynamics of sex work and the censorship of the female body.
In addition, drake visited University of Chicago’s Sex Week to share how her experiences in the adult industry motivated her to differentiate real sex from reel sex. Nate Glass joined drake for a second seminar at U-Chicago to present “The Piracy of Sex.”
Tech blog BetaBeat.com recently featured “The Piracy of Sex” series by interviewing its presenters. In the interview, jessica drake shared her first experience with piracy: “Things changed for me when I saw one of the biggest movies that [I’d made so far], Fallen, [had been pirated]. I found Fallen online on a tube site pretty much right after it was released, and it was such a personal feeling for me all the way back then. I didn’t know a lot of about piracy back then, but it felt like theft, like a violation.”
“Something I tried to hammer home at University of Chicago [is] consent,” stated Glass in the BetaBeat.com interview. “It’s a buzzword for sex positive cultures about making sure in your relationship you have consent, which I’m all for. When somebody takes jessica’s movie and uploads it to a tube site, that’s a violation of her consent.”