The term refers both to how porn is made, with simple cameras and a documentary style, and how it is distributed, mostly for free, in web communities or Usenet newsgroups.The term was invented by Sergio Messina, who first used it at the Ars Electronica Symposium in 2000, and was subsequently adopted by a number of authors and experts.The introduction of Polaroid cameras in 1948 allowed amateurs to self-produce pornographic photography immediately and without the need for sending them to a film processor, who might have reported them as violations of obscenity laws.
Messina has written a book on the subject, entitled Realcore, the digital porno revolution.
Due to the popularity of social networks, people can also connect with other amateur porn enthusiasts to discuss and share their sex life on platforms solely for this purpose.
By January 2008 a search for "porn" and "tube" returned 8.3 million results on Yahoo and 8.5 million on MSN.
(By October 2017 searches for "porn" and "tube" returned 23 million results on Google.
Story submission and rating depends on registration as a user, but this is also usually free.
Example sites include Literotica, True Dirty Stories The advent of amateur and self-produced pornography has given rise to civil suits and newly identified and defined criminal activity.
A more private and easy to control method of sharing photos is through Yahoo or Google Groups which have access restricted to group members.
Recently it has come to attention the potential dangers to teenagers or children, who may be unaware of the consequences, using their camera phones to make videos and images which are then shared amongst their friends (see sexting).
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.
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.