The Porn Industry, Free And Basic Economics
from the a-primer dept
But, even then, the article doesn't actually support the claim at all. What it does find is that adult performers can't make as much money as they could before, but that's not at all surprising. That's just basic economics again. The tools of production, distribution and promotion have all become much cheaper, and the marketplace has become more crowded. By every conceivable economic measure, it makes sense that the price for the talent may get lower. That's just competition and supply and demand at work.
But does it mean that "free" doesn't work? Again, the evidence is lacking. While some producers who relied on old business models may be having trouble, we've seen others learn to embrace what the technology allows. It doesn't seem that anyone is going to be left wanting for a shortage of porn any time soon -- and give the amount of traffic driven by porn, plenty of producers are figuring out ways to make plenty of money (especially now that their overall costs have gone down).