IDG -- While the music industry sweats bullets over the threat from file-sharing programs like Napster, Freenet and Gnutella, the folks over in adult entertainment are greeting the juggernaut with a good deal less concern. In fact, with something approaching We can actually turn these shared files into mini-infomercials. Nor is Vivid alone in its optimism.
As Apple Computer and other rivals backed by the music industry try to draw users away from the popular file-sharing programs, there's one area in which they can't compete: porn videos. While much has been reported about the billions of free music and Hollywood movie files on the file-sharing services, there's been far less attention paid to the abundance of pornography available for download. According to a study of an day period in February by Palisade Systems Inc. Most of the controversy surrounding file-sharing programs like Kazaa , Grokster and Morpheus has centered on the trading of free music and movie files. The recording and film industry call this practice piracy and have filed copyright infringement suits trying to shut them down. But the adult film industry has not taken such a stance, despite the plentiful amount of porn available. Rosso said that his firm, incorporated on the island of Nevis, West Indies, doesn't track what Grokster users are trading, but that he believes the amount of pornography on the network "is less than the percentage of porn on the Internet as a whole.
Online video sharing is a world-wide phenomenon: according to YouTube , 20 hours of videos are uploaded on to the site every minute, and a billion videos are viewed each day. Video sharing sites work by streaming content directly to computers. Many parents worry about YouTube and whether or not it is an appropriate site for their children. The YouTube experience is very diverse, with videos of all kinds for all ages and tastes.
It turns out that adult entertainment is a big part of the internet, and has played a huge role in the development and adoption of many of the technologies we use today. Consider this:. Another part of the hidden history of porn is that it has led to the popularization of many ubiquitous technologies. The same piece notes that the adult entertainment industry has been a driving force behind new technology, in ways such as:.