It was the first such prosecution involving written material in nearly two decades and set a precedent for using the act to prosecute web fiction. Media controversy was generated because the story in question was a real person fiction text horror story describing the imagined murder of the members of British pop group Girls Aloud. On 26 July , UK tabloid newspaper The Daily Star reported that it had discovered an online text story about British pop group Girls Aloud that it described as "a chilling story detailing each singer's gory death in scenes that could be straight out of a horror movie", characterizing its author as "a vile internet psycho" and "a cyber-sicko". It also claimed that Interpol had been notified to help track down the site's operators and the writer of the story. An IWF spokesperson was reported as saying that since the site was hosted in the US, it fell outside the organization's remit, but that they were aware of the site.
The arrangement seems like the happiest of only- on- the- Net economies: Writers whose work lacks a traditional market distribute their words themselves and find an audience, while the randy readers enjoy a free literary frolic. It's a cheap -- and safely anonymous -- way for these authors many of whom, like Delta, write under pseudonyms to reach their readers. Sex stories for all! Free the smut!