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The Crossover

The Crossover
Less than two years ago, Pamela Butkowski was working in mainstream distribution, and wondering how she could get into something new that would take advantage of her marketing background. At the close of 2005, the Cleveland native saw her chance. DVDs For A Buck, an adult DVD program that had been o... More »

JT's Stockroom

JT's Stockroom
Adult fetish retailer JT's Stockroom is arguably the oldest sex toy company on the Internet — its store was online back when the World Wide Web was merely a sparkle in the eyes of Internet shoppers. Stockroom founder Joel Tucker began his fetish store — at the time called JT Toys — in 1988 ... More »

Legal Bear in the Woods

Legal Bear in the Woods
There are hundreds of stories of how mainstream professionals find their way into the adult business. Most will admit it's by accident. Renowned litigation attorney Paul Berra is no different. His path into the adult industry certainly was accidental. As one of the outstanding litigants at the hi... More »

Brand Extension

Brand Extension
When SilverCash launched SilverSinema, it became one of the few online companies to take the plunge into DVD sales. The move coincided with the 10th anniversary of SilverCash's online launch, so it's a celebration of sorts. It's also a major diversification move that has some other online companies ... More »

Women Don't Need a "G-Shot"

Women Don't Need a "G-Shot"
The so-called "G-Shot" procedure is the latest in a long line of medical or pharmacological interventions in sexual pleasure or functioning. Yes, it is the latest Big Thing in the sex world to debunk. A Los Angeles plastic surgeon has come up with a new enhancement strategy that he's teaching to ... More »

A Look at Workers' Comp

A Look at Workers' Comp
The "mainstreaming" of adult may mean wider markets and increased revenue to some content producers. For performers, going mainstream promises recognition and legitimacy beyond being stereotyped as a mere adult star. Even as the adult business environment becomes more corporate, few are ready to ... More »

50 Years After 'Roth'

50 Years After 'Roth'
2007 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most consequential rulings in U.S. history: the Supreme Court's 1957 decision in the case Roth vs. U.S. A major turning point for American obscenity law, the Roth ruling (a 6-3 decision) made it more difficult for prosecutors to get obscenity convicti... More »

Porn's Future on Wall St.

Porn's Future on Wall St.
Porn has taken mainstream media by storm. Stars routinely cross over into small acting roles in TV and film, and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have tracked developments in the business in surprising depth. Mainstream coverage, though, differs from mainstream business, and survivin... More »

Domain Name Theft

Domain Name Theft
You can fight back against cybersquatters, typosquatters and Internet pirates siphoning traffic away from your website by using one of a few methods currently available to protect your domain name. The odds of success often are good, and the cost is usually manageable. XBIZ describes and evaluates t... More »

DVDs With Stamina

DVDs With Stamina
Our story so far: Having established that DVD sales continue to take sustained bottom-line hits from both competing media and overproduction, and that production costs combined with depressed sales will inevitably lead to the release of fewer new titles over time, we have pretty much addressed the s... More »

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Retailers Talk BDSM Shopping Trends

These days, BDSM is so mainstream that it is being depicted in everything from beer commercials to telenovelas. Floggers, paddles, ball gags and handcuffs were once considered the bad boys of adult retail;... More »

Specialty Manufacturers Talk Popularity of Handcrafted BDSM Gear

The proverbial cat is out of the bag for fetishes — and the dog, and the dragon, and a whole other slew of kink accessories that put blindfolds and handcuffs to shame. “Fifty Shades”... More »

Mainstreaming of BDSM Broadens Category, Consumer Reach

It’s been just more than 30 years since Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke lit the silver screen on fire in “9 ½ Weeks” with the film’s underlying themes of BDSM. And more than... More »
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