By: Lane, Frederick S.
Lane, a lawyer and computer consultant, offers a fascinating and informative look at the business of pornography and the boost it has gotten from technology. Telephones, VCRs, computers, and, especially, the Internet have increased privacy and reduced the potential for public embarrassment and prosecution from existing pornography laws. Web sites featuring sexual material are the only ones consistently making money, generating more than a billion dollars in revenue annually. Lane looks back on the history of pornography for fun and profit, from early fetishes found in archaeological digs to Ben Franklin’s little-known contributions to current video games that titillate with sex and violence. He examines legislative efforts , and court rulings to control and restrict trafficking in pornography. But the economic opportunities in pornography, Lane concludes, invite entrepreneurs to become the electronic equivalents of Hugh Hefner and Larry Flynt.
Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age. (Review)(Brief Article) Vanessa Bush. Booklist Nov 1, 1999 v96 i5 p487