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Free cyber porn kills porn biz

The hardcore porn business in San Fernando Valley is facing a cut by a growing abundance of free content on the Internet. At least five of the 100 top websites in the US are portals for free pornography.

business Updated: Aug 11, 2009 13:48 IST

The hardcore porn business in San Fernando Valley is being undercut by a growing abundance of free content on the Internet. Porn stars who were earning $150,000 a year have now come down to $50,000.

At least five of the 100 top websites in the US are portals for free pornography, referred to in the industry as "tube sites," according to Internet traffic ranking service Alexa.com.

Some of their content is amateur work uploaded by users and some is acquired from cheap back catalogs, but much of it is pirated.

Sites like Pornhub, YouPorn and RedTube attract more users than TMZ and the Huffington Post. The porn sites are even bigger than Pirate Bay; the top portal for illegal downloads of movies, TV shows and music.

Above all, media is hardly giving any attention to the adult entertainment business issues.