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Guardian: Porn losing out to You

Guardian: Porn losing out to You

What’s got the adult film business sad these days? That thing that helped it become a multi-billion dollar industry: the Internet. The Guardian has a report on the growing popularity of “amateur” sites like YouPorn and Pornotube, and the competition they’ve given “mainstream” adult filmmaking. Here’s part of Edward Helmore’s article:

Last week, Vivid Video, one of the largest porn studios, took legal action against Pornotube, a website the company claims is depriving the industry and its performers of legitimate revenue by allowing the streaming of copyrighted material.
According to surveys, sites such as YouPorn and Pornotube draw more internet traffic than CNN. Like YouTube, the phenomenally popular, Google-owned website, X-rated sites depend on users streaming videos to the site – and YouPorn is adding 15 million new users a month.

‘The adult entertainment industry is starting to get aggressive,’ says Farley Cahen, an editor at Adult Video News. ‘The problem is that more and more people are finding out about these sites and that they can get this free content.’

After a decade of double-digit growth, the porn industry is seeing sales of DVDs – its biggest money-maker – slip. Last year, total sales were down 15 per cent. The industry says it is laying off workers.

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