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Risky Business?

Risky Business?
Among the debates that take place between the armchair attorneys who haunt adult webmaster boards, one of the most oft-repeated discussions concerns what seems like a simple enough question on its face: in the U.S. is it legal to shoot adult content outside the state of California? Any such discu... More »

Processing Myths Destroyed

Processing Myths Destroyed
At the end of the day the most important aspect of your business is making it profitable and keeping it safe for longevity. You can have a beautiful site, market it well, and get all the traffic you need, but if you can't accept electronic payments your site is dead on the web. Choosing the best met... More »

Country Snapshot: Austria

Country Snapshot: Austria
Landlocked in central Europe and bordered by eight other countries, Austria has a population of 8.1 million with Vienna being both its capital and largest city. Often overshadowed by its larger big brother Germany next door, the Austrian market is an attractive one for webmasters for several reas... More »

So Hot Right Now

So Hot Right Now
The adult world is a lot like the fashion business. There are the Chanels and the Guccis of the industry — the visionaries — who brainstorm, research and spark trends that, once proven popular, are snatched up by smaller companies. Before long, the market's been saturated with the product and co... More »

Your Exit Strategy

Your Exit Strategy
Private companies do not sell easily. As the size of a business increases — by top line, bottom line or head count — the mechanics become more difficult and the field of likely buyers shrinks. What results is a serious succession- planning problem, especially in the adult content industry. In... More »

The Genesis of Gonzo

The Genesis of Gonzo
Pinning down the precise moment of conception within any creative field is never a simple task. Events become generalized over time and survivors have the advantage of being able to rewrite history. Pornography is no different, so asking a seemingly simple question like who invented gonzo can bring ... More »

Taking the Heat

Taking the Heat
One definition of insanity, usually attributed to Albert Einstein, is "continuing to do the same thing over and over, and then expecting different results." While the oft-used phrase is not really a medical definition of mental pathology, it sure describes the insane behavior of Congress in its e... More »

Government-Sanctioned Copyright Infringement?

Government-Sanctioned Copyright Infringement?
A little-known dispute between the island nation of Antigua and the United States may turn into a major headache for media companies, including those in the adult entertainment industry. Specifically, Antigua is threatening to withdraw its agreement to protect United States copyright and other inte... More »

Design In-Depth

Design In-Depth
It only takes a few seconds for a web surfer to decide whether or not a site is worth clicking through; adult websites need to look as hot and fresh as the adult stars they highlight. There's more to a successful adult site than perky breasts and a round rear end — and that's why the industry has ... More »

A Customer Service Plan

A Customer Service Plan
Have you ever visited a website and had a problem with it that you couldn't easily find an answer for? Perhaps you've joined a paysite and then lost your username and password or didn't know the cancellation process. Perhaps you ordered a product and wished to know its current shipping status or had... 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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