These files could then be downloaded and then reassembled before being decoded back to an image.

Automated software such as Aub (Assemble Usenet Binaries) allowed the automatic download and assembly of the images from a newsgroup.

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Some free websites primarily serve as portals by keeping up-to-date indexes of these smaller sampler sites.

These intents to create directories about adult content and websites were followed by the creation of adult wikis where the user can contribute their knowledge and recommend quality resources and links.

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.

Around this time frame, pornography was also distributed via pornographic Bulletin Board Systems such as Rusty n Edie's.

These BBSes could charge users for access, leading to the first commercial online pornography.

Children born in the 1980s onward are also the first to grow up in a world where they have access to the Internet beginning in their teenage years, and this early exposure and access to Internet pornography may be the primary driver of the increase.

The sex and tech conference series Arse Elektronika dedicated their 2007 conference to what they call pr0nnovation.

As a rule, these sites sort thumbs by category and type of content available on a linked gallery.