The New (Legitimate) Porn Presence: eBay and Apple

Following the web steps of Google and PayPal last week, eBay CTO Paul Strong and Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, have announced a joint venture in which Apple will sell off its surplus and unusable porn stock to eBay.

The stock, consisting of items that have either not sold well or have too been hot for Apple to sell, will be available through a registered section of the eBay portal.

Both Strong and Jobs see this as a positive move for both of the companies.

Strong stated that “the offering has the ability to legitimise the porn industry into a safe and contained environment where profits from the sales would be directed into harm minimisation programs for women.”

Jobs added “it’s yet another way that publishers of content can maximise the investment of that content.”

While some reporters were quick to applaud the move, Steve Quasley, investigative reporter for the Washington Post pulled Jobs and Strong up on the issue. Quasley highlighted that the porn material that they were selling was either washed up and of poor quality or was deemed too hard core for Apple to sell on its iTunes platform.

“What won’t be released to us is the details of the sale and distribution profit margins likely to be made by this merger. What will the actors in these movies be getting as a royalty payment, if any?” Quasley asks.

“People in the porn industry work long and hard without much recompense in the first place, then to have their royalties taken away from them seems unfair.”

However, some disgaree with Quasley’s observations.

Roddy Palmer from Quality Porn America sees the move as damaging for the industry and for viewers alike.

“On one end of the scale you have low quality porn that no-one really wants to watch – and we don’t want to expose our audience to this. On the other end of the scale you have the real hardcore porn, like the German stuff, that we don’t want expose anyone to. There really is no middle ground here.”

Michael McManus owner of pussygalore.com who business model is based around $3.95 3 day subscriptions for teenagers, sees the new merger as a definitie threat to his revenue model. “Firstly Google announces its GooglePorn site and then this happens.” McManus stated.

“Obviously I would prefer that the kiddies came to us first. I would prefer that they went to GooglePorn second as it is offering an indiscriminate range of porn for the punters. They are likely to get some level of quality. However, with the eBay/Apple offering, kiddies are not going to have a good middle of the range supply of porn at quality prices like they do with us.”

“As an industry, this leaves us exposed with our up and coming marketplace. If they can’t believe in the storylines and plots or get turned off by this imported German porn, then we will end up with an industry without a market. It’s all about balance.” McManus points out.

Jobs and Strong disagree with all of the naysayers. Jobs rebutted “both Paul and I have sampled hundreds of hours of the content that will be auctioned in the first month on eBay and I can tell you that there is a lot of quality hours in there. The prices will be starting from a low enough reserve that will allow any bidder to get their hands on quality porn.”


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