Saturday, September 6, 2008

Organised crime 'dominates porn industry'

According to News.com.au September 2nd 2008

By Sean Plambeck
September 02, 2008 12:00am

ORGANISED crime is pocketing up to 97 per cent of the estimated $300 million adult DVD wholesale market in Australia, a leading porn distributor says.

Adultshop.com managing director Malcolm Day told NEWS.com.au his company supplied almost all the legal DVDs in Australia but was being by beaten by crime syndicate piracy.

"It is a $300 million dollar wholesale industry and that is why organised crime wants a piece of it

"They sell about 97 per cent of all adult DVDs in Australia."

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Fiona Patten the chief executive of the Eros Association, which represents adult retail and entertainment companies, said the industry was also threatened by YouTube style websites and file-sharing online.

Ms Patten said the pornography industry wanted to crack down on stolen content but was wary of a backlash from internet communities similar to when the music industry moved to shut down websites like Napster.

"We are probably handling file sharing differently than the music industry, we are working out how to work with the sharing models – people are willing to pay for this amateur content so we are looking at ideas like pay-per-view models," she said.

"The production companies realise they need to have a presence on those sites, if you can't beat them – join them, and are looking at dealing with more realistic prices, and pay by the minute products."

Posted by Bob Bain

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