It is with sadness that I report the closing of Bev's Knotty Club, our membership site, probably by the end of June. Subscriptions will be closed by tomorrow. The current members will receive a full month's worth of updates (perhaps all at once).
Reasons for the closure are many. In part, it was our fault for not having new material. Even prior to my wife's illness and death, the number of subscribers had fallen to levels that didn't support the cost of new shoots. And we should have raised our subscription rates...in 14 years, the cost was never increased. The cost of hosting the site, including credit card fees, was expensive.
The immediate cause of the closure is the need to upgrade the server to support a new version of credit card processing software. This would require a complete redo of the site, which is based on old technology. The cost of that is prohibitive. knottysilkscarf.com will continue to exist in a new form and our videos and other products will be available there or elsewhere (like our other site, silencedladies.com).
Ultimately, the success of the internet killed BKC, like it has killed so many others. One can get whatever one wants for free, primarily because of piracy...the reposting and redistribution of copyrighted images and videos. I am not just talking about our site, but all the fetish bondage sites. Free images and videos are not advertising for these sites, as many of the pirates claim. What is even worse is when the pirates claim some sort of credit for their piracy, as if they actually produced something. Often they claim they are doing a service and that all things on the internet should be free. It is easy to take someone's else work and to deny the producer the income needed to stay in business. Long gone are the days of making a lot of money from producing fetish material and having a membership site.
My wife died of cancer and in killing her, the cancer killed itself. Piracy of copyrighted material is the cancer of the internet. This cancer won't kill the internet, but it has and will destroy the companies that produce the material you love. Granted, other sources will fill the void...video clips from China, amateur clips, etc. But high quality videos, with real stories and not just a damsel or two squirming on the ground for 10 minutes, are slowly disappearing, except for the older material that shows up now and again when it is reposted.
This is not an angry rant. I have known that BKC was likely to close for a couple of years now. This is just reality.
Listening to: Rolling Stones
Reading: Bondage Stories on DA
Drinking: Also Censored