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Difficulties of Australian Adult DVD Market

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One important aspect of the Australian adult industry covered by the paper is that of domestic production of DVDs and the current challenges and legislative obstructions in distribution of such material. Unsurprisingly the market for Australian produced adult DVDs is largely untapped and the report suggests (and we agree) that it is inconceivable that there is not a strong but as yet unfulfilled demand for this type of product. The report does not give specific recommendations on how to help facilitate the growth of Australian produced XXX DVDs but suggests that one of the best routes to help acceptance of such an industry is to generally increase availability of adult material through reform of the current legislation which is unnecessarily restrictive and ambiguous.

The most important improvement would be to make the sale of adult material legal in all state and territories. This simple change would remove adult films from the black market in certain locations and both open up commercial opportunities and allow the consumer to purchase adult material freely and without confusion or running the risk being involved in something illegal. Legalizing the sale of adult material in all states would not only stop consumers falling foul of the law but would also bring distribution out of the black market and give the government the opportunity to levy taxes on sales. Given that Australia prides itself on being a liberal, free and open society, it seems unbelievable that such restrictions exists within our own country and just how out of line such legislation is with the permissive attitudes seen in virtually every other developed country.

Another related issue is the lack of clarity in the classification guidelines for adult DVDs and other materials. As there is virtually no domestic production of films, this ambiguity mainly affects importers of adult material and long delays at the entry point into Australia are common, mainly because many customs personnel are unfamiliar with the details of the classification criteria. A streamlining of such processes would obviously be an aid to businesses operating in the adult entertainment industry.