For the album by Tim Kasher, see Adult Film (album).
For broader coverage of this topic, see Pornography.
The rise of the Internet in the late 1990s and early 2000s similarly changed the way pornographic films were distributed and furthermore, complicating the censorship regimes around the world and the legal prosecution of obscenity.
Hardcore pornography is pornography that depicts penetration or extreme fetish acts, or both.It contains graphic sexual activity and visible penetration. A pornographic work is characterized as hardcore if it has any hardcore content.Pornographic films are generally classified into subgenres which describe the sexual fantasy which the film and actors attempt to create.Because the viewing of such films carried a social stigma, they were viewed at brothels, adult movie theaters, stag parties, at home, in private clubs and also at night cinemas.Only in the 1970s, during the Golden Age of Porn, were pornographic films semi-legitimized; and by the 1980s, pornography on home video achieved wider distribution.