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The most common form of adult content is a categorized list (more often it's a table) of small pictures (called "thumbnails") linked to galleries.These sites are called a Thumbnail gallery post (TGP).
The rise of pornography websites offering photos, video clips and streaming media including live webcam access allowed greater access to pornography.One recent entry into the free pornography website market are Thumbnail gallery post sites.These are free websites that post links to commercial sites, providing a sampling of the commercial site in the form of thumbnail images, or in the form of Free Hosted Galleries—samplings of full-sized content provided and hosted by the commercial sites to promote their site.This type of distribution was generally free (apart from fees for Internet access), and provided a great deal of anonymity.The anonymity made it safe and easy to ignore copyright restrictions, as well as protecting the identity of uploaders and downloaders.As a rule, these sites sort thumbs by category and type of content available on a linked gallery.
Sites containing thumbs that lead to galleries with video content are called MGP (Movie Gallery Post).
A 1995 article written in The Georgetown Law Journal titled "Marketing Pornography on the Information Superhighway: A Survey of 917,410 Images, Description, Short Stories and Animations Downloaded 8.5 Million Times by Consumers in Over 2000 Cities in Forty Countries, Provinces and Territories" by Martin Rimm, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate student, claimed that (as of 1994) 83.5% of the images on Usenet newsgroups where images were stored were pornographic in nature.
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.
Internet pornography is any pornography that is accessible over the Internet, primarily via websites, peer-to-peer file sharing, or Usenet newsgroups.
The availability of widespread public access to the World Wide Web in late 1990s led to the growth of Internet pornography.
Around this time frame, pornography was also distributed via pornographic Bulletin Board Systems such as Rusty n Edie's.