Before publication, Philip Elmer-De Witt used the research in a Time Magazine article, "On a Screen Near You: Cyberporn." Godwin recounts the episode in "Fighting a Cyberporn Panic" in his book Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age.The invention of the World Wide Web spurred both commercial and non-commercial distribution of pornography.While the study's authors note this increase is "smaller than conventional wisdom might predict," it's still quite significant.
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The method was also used to disseminate pornographic images, which were usually scanned from adult magazines.
This type of distribution was generally free (apart from fees for Internet access), and provided a great deal of anonymity.