While it has been claimed that the pornography industry has three centers—the United States, Brazil, and Hungary—given the increasing use of the Internet, such a clear distinction may no longer be valid. Although American companies centered in southern California produce a huge amount of pornography (11,000 films in 2001 alone), other countries have entered the industry. Japan, for example, probably produces more films (14,000 per year), but they are generally of poor quality and are intended for niche markets. China has seized more than 5 million pirated films being smuggled into that country.

The Growth of Pornography

In Europe, France, though off to a fast start with adult films in the 1970s, faltered and has a very limited output today. Britain and most continental countries have robust ...

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