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Couples Boutiques

Couples Boutiques
The adult retail industry is undergoing an extreme business makeover in acknowledging the female and couples markets that had been neglected for so many years. Buying a sex toy is often an "I want it now!" decision and shopping for a dildo on the Internet doesn't fulfill that demand. Customers ne... More »

The Bareback Controversy

The Bareback Controversy
A fantasy is the one place where you shouldn't have to play by the rules. This premise is the cornerstone of the entire adult industry because it's a business of providing consumers with the stuff that fantasies are made of, enabling them to visualize experiences they could probably never access ... More »

L.A. Man Faces 2257 Charges

L.A. Man Faces 2257 Charges
Recently, a very unusual legal event took place. A federal obscenity prosecution was initiated in Los Angeles. While the event was reported by XBIZ and other adult media and even in the mainstream press, the news has not yet generated a lot of interest, much less concern, on the part of the adult en... More »

Retailing for the Future

Retailing for the Future
There was a time a person could open an adult bookstore in a dark, forgotten corner of just about any old town and earn a respectable income. Those days are gone. A changing of the guard is being felt in every aspect of the adult industry, and the retail level just may be the most affected. Th... More »

Tackling Obscenity Cases

Tackling Obscenity Cases
Given the nature of the DVDs that serve as the basis of his obscenity indictment — DVDs that reportedly include depictions of scat and bestiality — it is fair to say that Los Angeles-based producer Ira Isaacs could be facing a tough battle in his federal obscenity trial, which began with his ar... More »

Gonzo in Their Own Words

Gonzo in Their Own Words
Recently, XBIZ Video magazine asked several of the Kings of Gonzo to discuss this phenomenon in their own words. Here's what they had to say: "I remember when Ed [Powers] took me up to his room at Bally's during the CES show and showed me "Bus Stop Tales" and asked me what I thought. I had nev... More »

Gonzo: Taking A Toll

Gonzo: Taking A Toll
It's been over a decade since gonzo-style content has been tearing up the industry, the Internet and rented houses in Chatsworth — not to mention the mostly anonymous performers who star in these movies. It's a complicated issue involving economics, the accelerating advance of technology, socio... More »

The Internet and Gonzo

The Internet and Gonzo
In 1973, John Stagliano answered an ad at the UCLA Placement Center to do nude modeling. Since then the widely recognized pioneer of adult gonzo videos and owner of Evil Angel claims that his career has been "a long and sordid story," as he navigated his firm through the great changes of film to VHS... More »

Selling Adult in the U.K.

Selling Adult in the U.K.
In recent months, some economists have been alleging that London stands a very good chance of overtaking Wall Street as the financial capital of the world. Between the power of the London Stock Exchange and the strength of the British pound (which as of early July was about twice as strong as the U.... More »

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
Would any adult industry participant be willing to die for the privilege of continued involvement in the adult industry? Doubtful, but that's exactly the penalty that faces accused Iranian distributors and producers of websites in which pornographic works appear. Although the bill imposing the death... More »

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

The Skinny on the New DMCA Requirement

The requirements under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) have changed, but the sky is not falling. We have, even as a law firm, been hit with an unbelievable amount of spam sent out by law firms... More »

2017 Outlook: Legal Matters Around the Corner

The adult entertainment business’ legal community recently weighed in the top issues that companies and the industry, as a whole, should be concerned about. XBIZ asked industry attorneys to discuss... More »

Fraudulent Brazilian Trademark Registrations Running Rampant

Although you might not think often about protecting your trademark rights in Brazil, you need to — even if you don’t yet have a single Brazilian customer. Scammers are constantly looking for... More »
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