USC Students Treated to April 30 Discussion on
Digital Piracy of Adult Movies by Wicked Pictures
Contract Star drake & Takedown Piracy Owner Glass!
LOS ANGELES (April 28, 2014) — 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.
For more event details, visit USC School of Cinematic Arts’ event page by clicking here.
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.”
Adult Entertainment’s Busiest Star Expertly Juggles Reality Show, Sex Education Films, College Appearances, Feature Films, Media Profiles, & More!
LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2014) – Acclaimed sexual wellness authority, sex educator, and Wicked Pictures contract performer / director jessica drake has had a whirlwind start to 2014, with many more exciting projects on the horizon. In addition to performing, drake still finds times to educate couples on sex, speak to media, appear at colleges, direct, and more, all while preparing for the release of her upcoming reality show, Love, Jessica.
“What a year 2014 has been, and it’s only April!” says drake. “All my work over the past several years as a performer, director, and educator are culminating at the same time in so many different facets. I welcome the opportunity to bring more attention to topics like the adult entertainment industry and the need for sex education reform.”
drake hit the ground running in 2014, when a CNN.com feature on her was selected as the “most popular photo blog of 2013” immediately after the New Year. In the photo blog, drake discussed LA County’s controversial Measure B (also known as the County of Los Angeles Safer Sex In the Adult Film Industry Act), the adult industry, and her performance, educational, and volunteer work; the feature also took a peek into her private life.
Her acclaimed educational series, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, continued to garner industry praise, as jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Anal Play for Men was named Best Educational Release at this year’s 2014 AVN Awards. Returning to Los Angeles, drake then announced she would be collaborating with award-winning BBW performer and size acceptance advocate Kelly Shibari on the first-ever educational DVD on plus size sexuality, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Plus Size Sex. Mainstream and adult media outlets alike, including Cosmopolitan, were invited onto the set of the groundbreaking project; the film will be released later this year. drake is also currently in post-production on two additional educational films for 2014: jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: The Art of Striptease and jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Legends.
Ever the educator, drake was invited to present several “modern sex” seminars around the country. In addition to workshops at Cirillas stores in Ohio, drake spoke with students at University of Chicago’s Sex Week, where she shared her experience in the adult industry and how it helped her see the need and demand for modern sex education. Her second presentation at U-Chicago was titled, “The Piracy of Sex,” which she presented with anti-piracy expert Nate Glass. The seminar was profiled by multiple media sites, including tech site BetaBeat, and the duo was invited to speak to students at USC’s Film School on April 30. drake also attended UCLA for a panel titled, “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment,” where she discussed the power dynamics of prostitution, the accommodation of sex, and the objectification and censorship of the female body.
In addition to speaking with students, drake participated on several panels within the sex educator and adult entertainment community. She spoke alongside Dr. Carol Queen on the panel “Real vs Reel Sex” at CatalystCon East, where she discussed the differences in perception between sex as fantasy entertainment versus sex for educational benefits. In Toronto, drake was a featured speaker at The Feminist Porn Conference, as part of the panel, “Evaluating the Outcome: How Do We Know When Porn was Produced with Ethical Feminist Principles?” Sharing her experience in the adult industry both as a performer and a producer/director with ‘mainstream’ heterosexual company Wicked Pictures, drake discussed how the concept of ethics and feminist tropes play within her work, and challenged the notions of ‘mainstream’ adult entertainment companies and their place within the feminist porn tableau.
Mainstream media sought jessica drake’s expertise on a variety of topics; she let readers into sex and relationship secrets for men’s pop culture and trendsetter site CraveOnline. She also offered her insight into personal privacy, in the wake of Duke University student Belle Knox’s public backlash, for the Huffington Post.
A three-time winner of AVN’s coveted Best Actress award, drake essayed the role of the Evil Queen earlier this year in Axel Braun’s Snow White XXX: A Hardcore Parody, opposite Riley Steele. The debut release in the new Wicked Fairy Tales line, this two-disc DVD release goes on sale nationwide April 23, 2014.
Ms. drake is currently in the midst of shooting her second big budget project of the year, the New York-based relationship drama Aftermath. Directed by her longtime collaborator and acclaimed filmmaker Brad Armstrong, the intimate character study casts drake opposite rising star Tyler Nixon in a compelling May-December romance rife with hidden secrets. drake’s latest collaboration with real-life partner Armstrong caught the eye of Cosmopolitan yet again, resulting in an in-depth interview on costume and wardrobe design for adult films.
Capturing the behind-the-scenes portions of drake’s busy schedule are the cameras of Love, Jessica, a new reality show documenting jessica’s life. The docu-series will premiere on Canada’s The Movie Network, Sunday, May 11 and Movie Central in Fall 2014, while after a successful debut at MIPTV, deals are in the works to bring the show to all major markets around the world. Season One is comprised of 10 30-minute episodes.
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About jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex:
Three-time AVN Best Actress winner and sexual wellness authority jessica drake brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars in her “Guide to Wicked Sex” series. The stimulating sequences are sensual, provocative and enlivened by an informative optional audio commentary. In each volume of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” writer, producer, director, and host jessica drake addresses a different aspect of human sexuality, ranging from Fellatio and Anal to Basic Positions and Female Masturbation. jessica explores each topic with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which led Dee Dennis, the founder of sexuality conference CatalystCon, to praise her as “an amazing sex educator and speaker, who represents a new direction and is breaking new ground” in the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release trophy, “Anal” was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year, “Anal Sex for Men” received AVN’s 2014 Best Educational Release award. For more information, visit www.GuideToWickedSex.com, www.Facebook.com/GuideToWickedSex, or www.Twitter.com/Guide2WickedSex.
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