Being cam girls, you perform someone different from you in front of webcam. Once your work is done, you are back to your real life. You have child, family friends and boyfriends. It is not safe to mix life of cam girl and your real life. You are also facing the risk that someone records your show and upload to xxx tube. In order to keep your real life safe, here are things you should do.
Pay attention to avoid stalkers
Working in this industry, you have to know how to protect yourself from stalkers. Because what you are selling is virtual relationship, things can go wrong and you may make a stalker. Let`s go through what you should do to protect yourself from stalkers.
Do not show/share anything personal
Make sure before you broadcast that nothing personal is shown in camera. You do not want to give any information that gives hint about your real life. Things such as phone bills, water bills and anything that your address is written need to be covered or moved from camera. Things like local food store bag should be hidden too as it gives hint on where you live.
When your viewers send you gift, do not use your actual address to receive gifts. Use PO box address that is not close to your living area.
Be careful with your email address too. Do not ever use personal email address. That address sometime gives out your personal information because it is connected to SSN or forum you might have registered before.
In order to protect yourself, be very careful with information you give out.
Do not meet anyone from the site
Do not meet anyone from the site. In fact, it is strictly prohibited that you meet someone from the site in real life. It is not only violation of the site rule but also dangerous. Even if he is really nice to you, it does not mean he is a nice person. Think about if normal person fall in love with camgirl? Probably not. Viewers who you are dealing with are people who are lonely and do not have skills to get real girl friend. Not everyone like such people are dangerous. But because they do not have experiences in relationship and sometime have mental problem, things can terribly go wrong.
How to prevent someone record and upload your show ?
The fear that someone records your show without your permission is one of the scariest and annoying thing if you work as a cam girl. There is no technology to stop it as of today. However, there are ways to make recording and uploading the videos difficult.
Understand your copy rights
Copyright law calle “Digital Millennium Copyright Act” is federal US law. It protects your rights on whatever you make as intangible things including your camming show. With this copy rights without your permission, your show can not be recorded, sold, rent and leased publicly. The damage claim that you can make is up to $150,000.
Is copy right applied to me?
The answer depends on each case. There are many treaties that most of developed courtiers agreed regarding the intellectual property rights. However, the level of protection is different each other. Also where hosting company is and where server is located need to be considered to determine which jurisdiction rule applies.
Preventative action you can take
There several things you can do to prevent someone from recording and upload your show. These techniques and tips should increase your protection.
When you broadcast, you can add your own water mark to insist your copy rights.
By adding water mark of your name, you can show to viewers who may record and upload your videos that you are fully aware of your rights. This becomes deterrence to people who try to violate your right.
Furthermore, it becomes easier to find your videos if uploaded.
How to add water mark?
Many of models use” Manycams” to add watermarks to their show. It is a free software and easy to do so.
Before you add water mark, I suggest you check the policy of the site.
Adding date and time
Another great way to prevent the internet troll to record your video without your permission is to add watermark date and time when you cam. If you know the date, it is very easy to identify who you talked as there is a log that you can access to at most of camming sites. It is little trouble some to change the date every time you broadcast. But considering the fact that it becomes nightmare once someone records your video, you might want to take little time before you broadcast.
Say your name during your show
In order to utilize your rights, you have to prove that a person who is in the video is you. By saying your name during your show, it becomes easier to prove that you are the person who was recorded without permission.
Call viewer name during your private show
Calling viewer’s name during your show several times makes it difficult for people who try to violate your rights as they want to upload your video anonymously. This technique works perfectly for private chat as you can be sure who uploaded your videos by checking the video. Nobody wants to risk if they know they will most likely be identified who uploaded the video.
It is so easy to upload the video if anonymity is there. If anonymity is not likely, nobody tries to violate your rights as the result of doing it can cause serious trouble to the uploader.
Is the risk that someone who I know find out high?
Although, you may be very worried, the risk that someone who you know see the video is extremely low. There are thousands models working at the same time you work. Also new model signs up everyday. Even if you are recorded and uploaded, the video is going to be one of porn videos at tube site which has millions of videos online.
What to do if you find your show has been uploaded to an xxx tube site?
Firstly, camming job does require some anonymity. Most of cam girls don’t really want people to be able to come across them while they’re browsing for porn.
Secondly, webcam model’s performances are their job. They’re how they make money. If they’re splashed all over tube sites for free and people are watching them without paying, Cam girls are essentially being ripped off.
It’s essentially taking cash from model’s pockets, and taking customers away from their room.
Thirdly, recording them without their permission, and then allowing someone else to profit from their image, their hard work, their body… it’s a violation, and it is understandable that models get really angry.
The problem is, if you’re a reasonably popular camgirl who works regularly and has a fair number of punters, the likelihood is that this situation is going to become a reality for you sooner or later. Almost every camgirl I know has googled herself, and come across her videos on a tube site… and not one has given her permission for that to happen. It’s an epidemic in the industry, and while some people would tell you that it’s simply a risk of the job, and something that you cannot help, I’m here to tell you that this simply isn’t true. It’s against the law, and there really is a lot you can do about it.
Explained earlier, in order to fight against illegal upload, you need to understand and utilize your copy rights. What you need to familiarize yourself with is a piece of legislation known as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA for short. You don’t need to add a watermark or a copyright sign to your shows – you are the subject of the video, it is your performance and nobody else’s. The copyright is therefore automatic, and as such, anyone recording, sharing or selling your video without your permission is breaking the law by doing so.
The DMCA dictates that the tube sites which show pirated video can be quickly and easily sued by the copyright holder, if they don’t quickly and effectively remove the video upon receiving a notice claiming they are in breach of copyright. Now, these tube sites really, really don’t want to be sued, and as such, generally have a team of people whose job it is to receive these notices, and ensure that videos are promptly deleted in accordance to them.
How to report the recorded cam show to take it down
If you discover that a video of your performance has been uploaded without your permission to a tube site or anywhere else, the process to getting it taken down is quite an easy one.
First, confirm if the content belongs to you or the site you work at. Most of camming site has terms and condition that whatever you broadcast is camming site’s property. So check the terms and condition.
If it belongs to the site, then report to camming site about the recorded videos. the camming site takes care of taking videos down.
If the terms and condition does not state that the content belongs to the site, it is your property. That case, you need to contact tube site by yourself.
At the bottom of almost all major porn tube sites, there will be a link entitled something like ‘DMCA’ or ‘ABUSE’ or simply ‘CONTACT’ which will give you an address to mail a notice of copyright infringement. Make a note of the URL of the video or videos, and copy them into the following letter:
“My name is INSERT YOUR LEGAL NAME. A video that your website hosts is infringing on at least one copyright owned by me.
A video was recorded and uploaded onto your servers without permission.
The unauthorized and infringing copy can be found at:
PROVIDE WEBSITE URL WHERE YOUR RECORDED VIDEO IS
This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”), and I seek the removal of the aforementioned infringing material from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately, and notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.
Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing copyright infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. Therefore, in order for you to remain immune from a copyright infringement action you will need to investigate and ultimately remove or otherwise disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.
I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights I own are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and I have the authority to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright(s) involved.
Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly.
City, State Zip
When reporting to the site, you have to use your legal name as DMCA requires it.
Typically, you’ll get a reply within a day or two, confirming that the material has been removed – although it’s a good idea to check that this in indeed the case. If your videos have NOT been taken down, it’s worth seeking further legal advice, and you’ll likely be entitled to compensation.
It’s unfortunate to say the least that this happens on a regular basis, but thankfully in these cases, the law really is on the side of the performer. Hopefully, if more camgirls chase up these copyright infringements, the people running the tube sites will cotton on that something needs to be changed, and will think twice before uploading anything to their sites without first checking they have the right to! However, it may be some time before that happens.
Still don’t let it put you off, and make sure you fight for your right to cam professionally and profitably!
Working as a cam girl, you will deal with a potential stalker. But as long as you are careful enough that you do not share any your personal info, you are safe. Although, you can not avoid the risk of being recorded and uploaded to tube sites 100%, there are techniques to protect yourself. It is very important to take necessary action to prevent your rights to be violated. But the risk that someone who you know see it is extremely low as you are one of thousands model working online. Also the video is going to be one of millions videos.
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