The following is cut'n'paste from a fellow FBB's page... to all of the fans of competitive women's bodybuilding - A NECESSARY CALL OUT TO OFFENDERS WHO MAY NOT UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH YOU'RE HURTING OUR SPORT:
"TO ALL FBB FANS: PLEASE READ
I NEED to share this with you. One of the main reasons we have had in the past had less shows and media coverage is due to lack of available sponsors for those very expensive events. The sponsors come in the form of websites such as Wings of Strength , www.MuscleGirlzLive.com
, and the many other photo and video sites where one may view images of us girls.
Those sites make the money that they use to sponsor our shows (about $11,000.00 per show) from membership sales to their sites therefore it is imperative that the sites make money. When the sites do not make money then they cannot afford to sponsor shows and/or hire us girls for shoots and that means we cannot afford to compete. Incidentally it costs us girls about $5,000.00 to prep for a show.
It has always been true that some people feel the need to download and "share" (steal) from the membership sites and post them on DailyMotion, XHamster, XVideos, Saradas, etc. but lately the number of stolen vids and pics has grown exponentially.
Some of the fans assume that stealing a couple videos won't hurt the site as they must be making tons of money; however the sites that people are stealing from do not make anywhere near what people think, I can promise you. My site, www.EmeryMiller.com
makes on average only $500.00 per month and from that I have to pay Verotel, GoDaddy, and my webmaster. It doesn't leave much.
The major sites are often making just over or under my personal monthly income and from that they must pay staff, banking fees, Verotel, credit card company fees, and other fees.
My point is this. Many of the fans stealing...and it IS stealing as this is all copyrighted material, also claim to want to support the women of this sport and are angered that we don’t have more shows and coverage but each time pics and videos are stolen YOU ARE actively ensuring that we will fail. Posting stolen vids and pics means that no one need buy a membership to the sites that are the only reason we still exist. If they fail, we fail.
Please read the post below made by Annie regarding stolen content from the Tampa Pro.
IF YOU WANT US TO CONTINUE TO EXIST...YOU MUST STOP "sharing" STEALING CONTENT FROM THE SITES. I guarantee you, that the actions of those who steal are killing us. If you see it, send me the link and I will advise the person it is stolen from. If you do it...STOP.
Thank you all for your support and understanding.
Emery M. Miller "
**** Above is an email I received today and its just a shame. The women of this sport including myself are all effected by this disrespectful and illegal activity. The email says it all but the bottom line is its just bad business period. For those who steal content the best way to explain what this does is... would you like someone stealing money from your paycheck every week?? I 100% know the answer is NO. I must add, I love my fans and I am in no way accusing you of doing this. This has been an on going problem for a long time but has gotten worse. Infact, just recently I had 2 shoots cancel because they could not afford to shoot me, very sad. So lets get back to the respect for the women that you love to see and have a clear understanding what this does to the industry as a whole.