Violet Blue

This article is about the journalist. For other uses, see Violet blue (disambiguation).
Violet Blue

Violet Blue
Born September 22[1]
Occupation Journalist for CBS Interactive[2] and blogger
Nationality American
Genre Technology, Harm Reduction, Sex Education, Erotica
Notable awards IPPY Erotica category, 2006 and 2007 (twice)

Violet Blue is an American journalist, author, editor, advisor, and educator. Blue wrote a weekly sex column for the San Francisco Chronicle until 2010.[3] In her podcast, Open Source Sex, she reads erotica and discusses topics such as fetishes and oral sex.[4] She also has a video blog. She lectures at San Francisco Sex Information on the topics of oral sex and fetish. Blue is the author of several books on sex and has edited several volumes of erotica anthologies. Her first book, an erotic anthology she edited, was titled Sweet Life: Erotic Fantasies for Couples. It was published in December 2001 by Cleis Press.

Online and media presence


Violet Blue is the author's legal name. In an online article, she has stated:

My name really is Violet Blue. Despite any rubbish you’ve seen by my harassers and detractors, Violet Blue is the name on my passport, social security card, all my ID, and it is who I am.[12]

On August 19, 2011, Blue's Google+ account was suspended for failing to comply with the Google+ real name policy, but this decision was reversed three days later.[13]


In October 2007, Blue filed a lawsuit against adult actress Ada Mae Johnson, who had performed as "Violet Blue" since 2000, alleging that Johnson had adopted Blue's persona, and her recently trademarked (in 2007) name, "Violet Blue."[14] She said she had been using the name in writings since 1999.[14] The lawsuit alleged trademark violation and dilution, as well as unfair business practices. Pursuant to a preliminary injunction and court order granted in 2007[15] to cease using "names, trademarks and Internet domains confusingly similar to, or identical to, Plaintiff's trademark VIOLET BLUE," Johnson changed her stage name to Noname Jane. The lawsuit was settled in October 2008.[16]

In July 2008, Blue sought restraining orders against online critics David Burch (aka Ben Burch) and Nina Alter to prohibit them from e-mailing her, editing her Wikipedia page, or writing unkindly about her online. Both motions were dismissed but she is allowed to file again.[17]

Boing Boing deletions

Around June 2008, Blue stated on her blog that the blog Boing Boing had removed all posts referring to her (estimated by a Los Angeles Times blogger[18] to number at least 70) from the site. A heated debate ensued after a brief statement on the Boing Boing site regarding this action stated: "Violet behaved in a way that made us reconsider whether we wanted to lend her any credibility or associate with her. It's our blog and so we made an editorial decision, like we do every single day".[19] Boing Boing editor Xeni Jardin said that she hoped she would not have to make the reasons public.[20] URL shortener

In August 2009, Violet Blue and Ben Metcalfe launched a URL shortening service with the domain name, which was described as "the Internet's first and only sex-positive URL shortener."[21] The site was hosted on the .ly top-level domain, and the main page showed Violet Blue holding a bottle of beer.[22] In October 2010, the site was shut down following a letter to Violet Blue from Libya Telecom & Technology, saying that the site was contrary to the principles of Sharia law and stating: "The issue of offensive imagery is quite subjective, as what I may deem as offensive you might not, but I think you'll agree that a picture of a scantily clad lady with some bottle in her hand isn't exactly what most would consider decent or family friendly at the least." Ben Metcalfe responded by stating, "We're very clear that the site did not have pornographic or adult content hosted on it; but even if it did, my bigger concern is that the domain registry is trying to regulate against the content of a website. A domain and a website are two extricably decoupled and separate entities."[23]




Digital releases

See also


  1. Violet Blue, "the birthday, the turning point". Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  2. "CBS Staff Journalist Profile for Violet Blue". Retrieved 2014-07-08.
  3. Batey, Eve (3 March 2010). "Violet Blue Explains Why She Quit The Chronicle/Gate". The San Francisco Appeal. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  4. "San Francisco Bay Guardian Arts and Entertainment". 2005-11-29. Retrieved 2013-08-29.
  5. "TinyNibbles". Violet Blue.
  6. "Geek Entertainment TV". Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  7. David M. Ewalt (2 February 2010). "The Web Celeb 25". Forbes. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  8. "Tech Broiler". ZDNet. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  9. "Pulp Tech". ZDNet. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  10. "Digita Publications". Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  11. "Best Sex Educators - 2013".
  12. Blue, Violet. "My name is Violet Blue". My Name Is Me, Retrieved 24 August 2011. External link in |publisher= (help)
  13. Blue, Violet. "Google Plus: Too Much Unnecessary Drama". ZDNet. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
  14. 1 2 Ryan Singel (2007-10-24). "Sex Writer Violet Blue Sues Porn Star Violet Blue Over Name". Wired News. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  15. Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion for a Preliminary Injunction.
  16. Noname Jane Settles With Violet Blue - AINews.
  17. "Violet Blues restraining order dismissed but allows refiling". Retrieved 2013-08-29.
  18. Sarno, David (June 30, 2008). "Violet Blue scratches her head over BoingBoing purge". Archived from the original on 2008-07-01.
  19. Teresa Nielsen Hayden (2008-07-01). "That Violet Blue thing, Posted By Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator, July 1, 2008 8:48 AM". Retrieved 2013-08-29.
  20. Steve Johnson (2008-07-09). "Blog hits nerve in excising some old posts". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 8, 2008.
  21. 'Sex-positive URL shortener' Vbly launches CNET News, August 19, 2009.
  22. Libya takes hard line on .ly link shortening domains BBC News, October 6, 2010.
  23. "Libyan domain shutdown no threat, insists". The Guardian. October 9, 2010.
  24. 1 2 "Independent Publisher: THE Voice of the Independent Publishing Industry". Independent Publisher. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  25. "Independent Publisher: THE Voice of the Independent Publishing Industry". Independent Publisher. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
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