BellesaCo: An exploitative piracy-based website

Article by · September 19, 2017 ·

By Nate Glass

Editors’ Note: One of the most elementary aspects of ethical porn is ethical content consumption. Nate Glass writes below in response to Bustle.com’s coverage (here) of Bellesa — a piracy-based tube site masking as ethical feminist porn for women.

As the founder and operator of the most trusted anti-piracy company servicing the adult industry, I feel compelled to issue a statement on who Bellesa.co is and what their site is and isn’t.

First off, Bellesa.co is essentially a piracy curator. This site subsists, if not entirely, off of pirated videos. Those videos have been uploaded to other piracy-based tube sites, and then a person or persons at Bellesa.co curates them into the single biggest piracy site focused entirely on female-centric videos. This site is absolutely no more ethical than The Pirate Bay or any number of piracy sites designed to exploit producers and performers for financial gain. This site puts ZERO DOLLARS into the pockets of female producers or performers. This site only perpetuates the financial exploitation of female producers and performers.

While the site purports to be ran by a woman, I would not be surprised to find out this is a male-run venture using females as props to dupe consumers with their PR tricks. If this woman — Michelle Shnaidman — is really the founder then she is either willfully ignorant of the exploitation she is engaging in, or she is completely okay with exploiting female producers and performers for her own financial gain. Either way, this site is doing nothing to help female producers or performers and is no better than any of the sites Michelle Shnaidman claims alienated women driving her to start Bellesa.co.

Sadly, the press writing about Bellesa is far too ignorant to even know they are being duped by sites like Bellesa. Many writers will simply believe whatever you tell them, whatever gets clicks and shares, without doing the most basic level of investigation. The recent article on Bustle.com is a perfect example. This article reads like a press release written by Bellesa itself, with the writer Suzannah Weiss more than happy to help spread the propaganda. Littering the article with rally point verbage like “heteronormative society” and “slut-shaming” does not give writers and media a pass for being accomplices to the financial exploitation of women. In fact, exploiting those terms, and what they truly mean to affected communities, for financial gain via clickbait, etc is repugnant. This is but another in a long line of ventures masking themselves as ethical without any actual commitment to the phrase, sadly online “journalists” are either unwilling — or incapable — of seeing the exploitation right in front of them.

When Bellesa actually drops all the pirated content from their site and decides to actually PAY producers and performers and treat them with respect, then they can start to think of themselves as some sort of progressive innovators. What Bellesa fails to realize is that people like Pink&White Productions, Sssh.com and SparkErotic.com are already doing this — using their own money that was paid to those that made the content possible, not by stealing it from others. It’s very telling that while many of the studios I see being exploited by Bellesa have affiliate programs and promotional tube videos available, Bellesa is choosing not to use those videos. Instead, they are using the pirated videos from those producers. That tells you all you need to know about Bellesa’s ethical standards, or lack thereof.

Shame on Michelle Shnaidman and Bellesa. You’re not part of the solution — you’re part of the problem.

On a related note, if you are a performer or producer and have found your content on Bellesa, email me at nate@takedownpiracy.com and I’ll be glad to help you out.

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5 Comments

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    As one of the writer’s that has contributed to the erotic literature published on Bellesa, I can attest to having been paid 100% for my work and received tremendous support from the staff at Bellesa. I support sex workers and ethically made porn. It is crucial that performers and models are supported, treated fairly and as the professionals they are, and paid for their work. Your article does not mention having reached out to Michelle Shnaidman or the leadership at Bellesa to discuss your concerns, but I would suggest that step be made, and allow for the organization to respond and remedy any existing issues, before making assertions regarding the gender and motivations of the leadership.

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      Anne,

      I’m glad you were compensated – I just wish Bellesa would have also taken that step when it comes to their video section. Their video section is nothing more than embeds from stolen videos uploaded to other tube sites. Ironically while Bellesa cites other tube sites as being negative towards women, Bellesa is putting money into the pockets of those tube sites by displaying their embedded videos along with the native advertisement overlays of those tubes’ video players. Some of the sites they are embedding from don’t even have real user uploads so Bellesa is only contributing to video views for sites that upload stolen content themselves – that’s not very female-positive if you ask me.

      Ask yourself if you would be okay if I copy and pasted the stories from your website onto my own website with no attribution and then I monetized those stories without your permission or consent.

      If you support ethically made porn, then how do you feel about the vast amounts of pirated porn being available on Bellesa? How do you feel when female producers spend their money to produce ethical porn only to see it pirated on Bellesa?

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      Glad to hear they paid erotica writers. I have contacted Bellesa and am waiting for a reply… Really though, it’s obvious they didn’t connect with anyone in the adult film industry. If they had, they would not be in this mess.

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