The websites provide the transactional platform, and then collects and distributes a percentage of the tips to the models.

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Webcam models mostly perform individually in separate video chat rooms, which are frequently referred to as rooms.

The term "camwhore" was first used in print in November 2001 According to the web traffic analysis service Compete.com, Live Jasmin generates more than 9 million unique viewers a month.

The film's director, Sean Dunne, states of the fans, "They said it’s not like a strip club -- it’s like a community, and you feel it when you’re in these chat rooms.

It’s a community and entertainment that goes very far beyond sexuality." However Dr.

However this is not the first time that conversational interaction had become a boon for the erotic entertainment industry.

The Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre strip club is credited with the invention of the lap dance when during 1977 their new stage, New York Live, pioneered customer-contact shows with strippers that came off the stage and sat in the laps of customers for tips.

Enabled with this new revenue stream for strippers, the strip club industry went through a period of extreme growth during the 1980s.

And in the early 20th century sociologist Paul Cressey noted that within the hundreds of taxi-dance halls of America, "the traffic in romance and in feminine society" would become available when taxi dancers would offer their companionship and "the illusion of romance" for ten cents a dance.

Camming revenue has been severely cutting into the profits of the pornographic movie business, which has also been eroded for a number of years due to piracy and the distribution of free sexual content upon the Internet.