But once the adult trade hustled its way online, it found a way to grow exponentially.
As the Internet grew, so did the number of adult-oriented websites, which began using the same subscription model used by television, allowing users to pay a fixed fee and have access to instant content.
If sex sells, there's one place it isn't selling: online.
Once the pioneers of the e-commerce movement and advancing online technology during the early stages of the Internet, the porn industry is now in the same boat as the music industry, demonetized by a proliferation of free porn sites and struggling to find a way to profit in a world where money's for nothing and the clicks are free."The average consumer thinks porn is free and that has really devalued our product," Allison Vivas, chief executive of Arizona-based adult entertainment company Pink Visual, said during a panel discussion at the Mesh technology conference in Toronto on Wednesday.
"Without streaming video, Youtube wouldn't look like what it does today; wouldn't look like what it does today. "A tremendous amount of Google's economic platform derives from the porn industry.
All of the facets, even social networking, at least intellectually, started with the early use of chatrooms that were dominated by the porn industry.