These have enabled people to take private photos and then share the images almost instantly, without the need for expensive distribution, and this has resulted in an ever-growing variety and quantity of material.Photo sharing sites such as Flickr and social networking sites such as My Space have also been used to share amateur pornographic photographs – usually nudes but also hardcore photos.A more private and easy to control method of sharing photos is through Yahoo or Google Groups which have access restricted to group members.

selfies, etc.), investigation by law enforcement can lead to charges for child pornography Like traditional magazine and VHS/DVD-based pornography, Internet pornography has long been a profitable venture.

However, with the rise of Web 2.0 ventures and amateur pornography, websites based upon the You Tube platform of user-generated content and video sharing have become highly popular.

By March 2017 searches for "porn" and "tube" returned 1420 million results on Google.).

Video hosting service "tube" websites feature free user-uploaded amateur pornography, and have become the most visited pornography websites on the internet.

Before the advent of camcorders and VHS tapes couples had to film themselves using Super 8 film which then had to be sent for film processing.

This was both expensive and risky as the processing laboratory might report the film to the police depending on their local laws.

There are sites with an open or "closed until verification" community where you can freely share your own pictures or watch amateurs videos directly from those who record them.

The internet has also affected amateur authors sharing their pornographic stories.

In the end, they pleaded guilty and both were convicted, although Kathy has gone on to a career in the adult film industry.