LOS ANGELES—Industry vet Mike Kulich has issued a statement cum challenge on the perennial issue of piracy, which he says continues to plague the adult entertainment industry. "Over the last five years," reads the statement, "the adult industry has seen a significant drop in sales due to tube sites, torrent sites and overall piracy. DVD Sales have dropped significantly and once prominent companies have closed their doors. As the talent pool grows bigger production continues to decrease."
To address the situation, Kulich, owner of Stunner PR, Monarchy Distribution and SkweezMe.com, has launched a YouTube campaign called the Porn Piracy Challenge. Kicking off the Challenge, he went out and bought a DVD of competing studio Burning Angel Productions: 2011's Kung Fu Pussy.
He has also in turn challenged four other industry vets to do the same: namely, Take Down Piracy owner Nate Glass, XBIZ owner Alec Helmy, AVN owner Theo Sapoutzis and Exile Distribution President Howard Levine.
"Piracy is a major problem that people just don't think about," states Kulich. "Even in the mainstream, a copy of the Expendables #3 was leaked and illegally downloaded over 5,000,000 times before it even hit theaters. This is a business and hundreds of thousands of people both in mainstream and adult work very hard from lighting to acting to post production to be able to make their living and piracy has put thousands out of jobs. I am hoping that this will bring some sort of light to this major epidemic that is killing off an entire industry."
Kulich's YouTube video can be seen here.