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2008 and Beyond

2008 and Beyond
2007 was a banner year for legal news affecting the adult entertainment business. There was good news, like the striking down of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) and the first-ever appearance by a bona fide U.S. presidential candidate at an industry function. There was even great news last yea... More »

How to Be a Gay Porn Star

How to Be a Gay Porn Star
In August 1995 I was in a meeting in the main offices of HHO Construction Inc., the operating company for three gay bars in Dallas. At the time, I was the general manager of all three nightclubs and the agenda of our meeting — which included myself, the club owner, club managers, assistant manager... More »

Country Snapshot : Kazakhstan

Country Snapshot : Kazakhstan
A few years ago, most people were scarcely aware it its existence, but that is no more, as ‘Borat’ has managed to move Kazakhstan into our collective consciousness. It is the world’s ninth largest country and covers an area larger than all of the countries in Western Europe combined; and ye... More »

Learning to Let Go

Learning to Let Go
"Fuck all that, it's time to get onto these…" or so the rock 'n' roll song goes. Yes, I may be a Pink Floyd fan, but even if I wasn't, I couldn't have said it any better — but this month's column isn't about a song, it's about my life, my love and my work. Back in early August, I posted a blo... More »

Power Play

Power Play
Let's start things off with a nice barnyard analogy: Just because you can milk a cow doesn't mean you're capable of running the entire farm. Of course, that may seem like an enticing notion — raking in the big money, telling hired hands what to do, basking in the glory of ownership — it all soun... More »

Shopping for a Merchant Account

Shopping for a Merchant Account
Once you have a concept for your adult website or a business plan to expand it, it is time to consider merchant accounts. Even if you already have an existing merchant account, it is a good idea to review your options every few years. The business around credit cards processed online — both from a... More »

A Last Look at 2007

A Last Look at 2007
Recently, XBIZ World Magazine asked several industry players "What was the most significant thing to happen within the adult industry in 2007?" Here's what they had to say: I'd say the obscenity busts. There have been a lot of obscenity busts this year. It's cyclical. We're back under this pu... More »

Real Vision

Real Vision
When you're watching a movie, especially a great movie, you're looking through another set of eyes without even realizing it. In the adult realm, award-winning directors like John Stagliano can transport you into a world of haute couture fetish sex, or Digital Playground's Joone can set booty-lad... More »

Satisfying Gay VOD Consumers

Satisfying Gay VOD Consumers
In the beginning of porn, there was film. And it was good. Then, as Ronald Reagan took control of the country and the AIDS epidemic surged, "We Are the World" became the anthem of the 1980s. Then a small invention called the videocassette was created — and it was really good. Flash-forward 25 y... More »

The End of 2257?

The End of 2257?
WARNING: Your government has passed a law that states that "a married couple who videotape or photograph themselves in the bedroom engaging in sexually explicit conduct would be required to keep records, affix disclosure statements to the images, and hold their home open to government agents for rec... More »

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

Data Privacy Is Tightening Up in the E.U.

Have you begun preparing for GDPR? If you are like most, you haven’t even heard of GDPR, but also if you are like most, it is going to affect your business, starting May 25, 2018. The GDPR, or General... More »

Preventing Legal Problems Before They Start

Dentists typically recommend that a person’s teeth be cleaned every six months and that oral X-rays be taken at least once every year. Internists recommend that a person receive a physical examination... More »

Could Adult Content Be Banned?

Earlier this month, I met with the Free Speech Coalition’s board of directors for our annual review. Despite the headwinds our industry faces, politically and economically, we are, as an organization,... More »
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