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Is the Porn Industry Growing or Dying?

Who will save the dying porn industry? Who will save the dying porn industry?

It’s an inescapable fact that porn is everywhere. You can find it on televisions, in movie stores, under mattresses, and of course, on the internet. In recent years, however, the porn industry has begun to fizzle. What has caused the decline? Could something as prevalent as pornography actually fade away?

The truth is that porn will never die off completely, but new porn just might. Steven Hirsch, founder of Vivid, one of the top U.S. porn producers claims, “In a couple of years, all you’re going to be left with is old movies, because people just can’t stay in business.” What does Hirsch base this prediction on? He explains, “We have educated an entire generation to expect adult content to be free. As a result of that, it’s very difficult to change that culture.” Therein lies one of the major problems with the porn industry. Are people really going to pay money for what they can easily get for free?

More and more websites offering free porn are popping up every day. YouTube clone sites like YouPorn and RedTube give everyone access to adult content at no charge. Porn producers are seeing their content swapped through file-sharing programs, costing them millions of dollars in lost sales. They are constantly researching stronger anti-piracy software to try and stop these sites from profiting illegally from their movies, but attempts of shutting down the sites completely have so far proven unsuccessful.

An interview with Ron Jeremy, one of the most successful porn stars of all time, revealed how he felt about free porn on the internet. “We embraced it (the internet) in the beginning, and now it’s eating the porn business. It’s literally decimating the porn business.” USA Today’s John Swartz also partially blames the Tube sites for the porn industry’s financial crisis, but the weak economy certainly doesn’t help either. The recession has caused countless individuals to watch their discretionary spending – porn definitely included.

The porn industry tried to fight back by requesting financial aid – to the tune of $5 billion. A $5 billion bailout for porn? Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis said in a statement that “the U.S. government should actively support the adult industry’s survival and growth.” Millions of Americans are malnourished or homeless, but the government should give $5 billion to the porn industry? A few weeks later, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt admitted that the whole thing was a farce, saying he knew it wouldn’t actually happen. Ya think?

Whether the economy, recession, or piracy is to blame, the porn industry is definitely struggling. Representatives state that while they don’t believe porn will die out, fewer companies will be making fewer, cheaper movies. Time will tell if that will be good enough. Will the public demand better quality movies? What will be more important – free porn, or good porn? Perhaps the answer lies in what no one wants to consider – no porn. Hey, relax guys, it was only a suggestion. Good or bad, porn is likely here to stay.

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