A hugely popular way of earning extra income is to become a webcam performer on one of the many host sites. Many people are using webcams to broadcast videos of themselves performing sexual acts to a public or private chat room as a part time or full time job. The attraction of this work is the flexibility in choosing you own working hours and the huge pay-packet that many webcam performers receive. However, many people are blinded by the huge amounts of cash on offer and jump straight into performing without considering their personal security first.
Upon becoming a webcam performer, it is instantly recognizable that the best way to make money is through private one-on-one shows. This is where a customer pays extra to have someone perform privately for them, with the performer generally responding to any specific requests the customer may have. However, recent complaints made to a law firm in Australia have detailed how these intimate private shows have been recorded and are now being sold on porn websites.
The complaints in Australia have been specifically made by gay male performers, although the situation affects all webcam performers. Many of these guys have been using cam sites as a way to earn extra income or to discover their identities and have had no idea they were being recorded. If someone you are talking to on webcam is using a form of capturing software, there is no sign that recording is taking place unless the person that is recording lets you know.
The ability to easily find and use capturing software has made it simple for people to enter cam sites and record everything that the performer does in the video chat. This method has been used to capture video footage of gay men in Australia when they are in private chat which has then been uploaded on a foreign URL and sold as pornography. The men who have been recorded have no idea this happened until they are told by someone or stumble upon the footage themselves.
It is a frightening and distressing experience for young gay men to discover this has happened as the majority will have no idea of the possible dangers when performing on webcam. There is also the embarrassment of the possibility of their friends and family finding the footage, with many of the targeted victims being young men who are yet to come out to their nearest and dearest. It leaves many in a state of panic as to what they can do to remove the footage.
Unfortunately, for many people who encounter this problem the process of having it removed completely from the internet is a long and drawn-out one, with the number of cases where there is no footprint left very small. Once a video has been uploaded, it can be shared many times and reposted on many different sites making it almost impossible to fully remove from the internet.
Before deciding to become a webcam performer it is essential to know and understand what you are getting into. There is no way to stop people from recording you and placing that footage on a porn site, leading to intimate footage of you in the public domain. Of course, only a very small percentage of webcam performers will encounter this kind of problem, but, by knowing what you are getting into you will be better equipped to deal with the situation if it arises.