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For the adult film actress who previously used the name Violet Blue, see Noname Jane
Violet Blue is an American writer, podcaster, blogger, editor, sex educator, and sex columnist.
Blue is a blogger who writes a weekly sex column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her podcast is Open Source Sex, in which she reads erotica and talks about topics such as fetishes and oral sex. She also has a video blog. Blue wrote a feature about porn for women which was published in the July 2007 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. 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 was an erotic anthology she edited titled Sweet Life: Erotic Fantasies for Couples was published in December 2001 by Cleis Press.
Blue's web presence is not limited strictly to sex writing:
She was a crew member of industrial machine performance art group Survival Research Labs from 1996 to May 2007.
In October 2007, Violet Blue launched the DRM-free publishing venture Digita Publications, releasing audiobooks and ebooks in several open formats on a variety of sex-related subjects.
In October 2007, Blue filed a lawsuit against adult actress Ada Mae Johnson, who had performed under the name since 2000, alleging that Johnson had adopted Blue's persona, and her recently-trademarked name, "Violet Blue". The lawsuit alleges trademark violation and dilution, as well as unfair business practices. With the lawsuit pending, Johnson, the bulk of whose income "just a few hundred dollars per month" was derived from her self-named web site, changed her stage name to Violetta Blue, and then to Noname Jane pursuant to a preliminary injunction and court order to cease using "names, trademarks and Internet domains confusingly similar to, or identical to, Plaintiff's trademark VIOLET BLUE," which was filed in 2007, and Johnson announced that her web site's name would also change in the near future. The lawsuit was settled in October 2008 
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 denied.
Around June 2008, there was controversy in the blogosphere after Violet Blue posted on her blog claiming that the blog Boing Boing had removed all posts referring to the author (estimated by a Los Angeles Times blogger 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". Boing Boing editor Xeni Jardin said that she hoped she would not have to make the reasons public.
- The Adventurous Couple's Guide to Strap-On Sex, Cleis Press, 2007, ISBN 157344278X
- The Smart Girl's Guide to the G-Spot, Cleis Press, 2007, ISBN 1573442739
- Fetish Sex: An Erotic Guide for Couples, Daedalus Publishing Company, 2006, ISBN 1881943232 - with Thomas Roche
- The Adventurous Couple's Guide to Sex Toys, Cleis Press, 2006, ISBN 1573442542
- The Smart Girl's Guide to Porn, Cleis Press, 2006, ISBN 157344247X (IPPY Bronze award winner for erotica)
- The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy: How to Turn Your Fantasies into Reality, Cleis Press, 2004, ISBN 1573441902
- The Ultimate Guide to Adult Videos: How to Watch Adult Videos and Make Your Sex Life Sizzle, Cleis Press, 2003, ISBN 1573441724
- The Ultimate Guide to Cunnilingus: How to Go Down on a Woman and Give Her Exquisite Pleasure, Cleis Press, 2002 ISBN 1573441449
- The Ultimate Guide to Fellatio: How to Go Down on a Man and Give Him Mind-Blowing Pleasure, Cleis Press, 2002, ISBN 1573441511
- Sweet Life: Erotic Fantasies for Couples, Cleis Press, 2001, ISBN 1573441333
- Sweet Life 2: Erotic Fantasies for Couples, Cleis Press, 2003, ISBN 1573441678
- Taboo: Forbidden Fantasies for Couples, Cleis Press, 2004, ISBN 1573441864
- Best Sex Writing 2005, Cleis Press, 2005, ISBN 1573442178
- Best Women's Erotica 2006, Cleis Press, 2005, ISBN 1573442232 (IPPY winner for Erotica)
- Best Women's Erotica 2007, Cleis Press, 2006, ISBN 1573442585 (IPPY winner for Erotica)
- Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women, Cleis Press, 2007, ISBN 1573442801
- Lips Like Sugar: Women's Erotic Fantasies, Cleis Press, 2007, ISBN 1573442321
- Best Women's Erotica 2008, Cleis Press, 2007, ISBN 1573442992
- Sweet Heat (erotica), Digita Publications, 2008, (audiobook), ISBN 978-0-9799019-6-6
- Erotic Role Play: A Guide For Couples, Digita Publications, 2007, (audiobook, ebook), ISBN 978-0-9799019-5-9
- How To Kiss, Digita Publications, 2007, (audiobook, ebook, and Amazon Kindle versions), ISBN 978-0-9799019-2-8
- The Modern Safer Sex Guide, Digita Publications, 2007, (ebook and Amazon Kindle versions), ISBN 978-0-9799019-4-2
- Creatures of the Night (erotica), Digita Publications, 2007, (audiobook and ebook and Amazon Kindle versions), ISBN 978-0-9799019-3-5
- Pleasure Zone Basics, Digita Publications, 2007, (audiobook), ISBN 978-0-9799019-1-1
- ^ http://www.tinynibbles.com/blogarchives/2008/09/the-birthday-the-turning-point.html
- ^ San Francisco Bay Guardian Arts and Entertainment
- ^ Web Celeb 25 list - Violet Blue
- ^ Analysis: Violet Blue Vs. Violet Blue"; Adult Video News, November 6, 2007
- ^ JurisNotes.com case abstract fetched July 9, 2008
- ^ a b Noname Jane, The Best Performer You Never Heard Of"; Adult Video News, May 16, 2008
- ^ a b US Patent and Trademark Office
- ^ Ryan Singel (2007-10-24). "Sex Writer Violet Blue Sues Porn Star Violet Blue Over Name". Wired News. http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/10/sex-journo-viol.html. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
- ^ Pornstar Violet Blue Changes Name"; Adult Industry News; November 3, 2007
- ^ Noname Jane Settles With Violet Blue - AINews
- ^ Sex columnist Violet Blue tries to restrain online foes
- ^ Violet Blue scratches her head over BoingBoing purge
- ^ That Violet Blue thing, Posted By Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator, July 1, 2008 8:48 AM
- ^ "Blog hits nerve in excising some old posts", Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune, fetched July 8, 2008