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Law Between the Sheets: Independent Contractor or Employee?

Law Between the Sheets: Independent Contractor or Employee?
All too often, adult business operators spend so much time focusing on things such as obscenity, record-keeping and intellectual property that they neglect some important corporate issues, including taxation and employment law, which can have a tremendous impact on a business owner. Make no mistake... More »

Courtrooms in the Cloud: For 2257, What Comes Next?

Courtrooms in the Cloud: For 2257, What Comes Next?
In resolving the latest assault against 18 U.S.C. § 2257, a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals roundly rejected the Free Speech Coalition’s broad assault on the substantive provisions of 2257, largely centered on arguments arising from the First Amendment. But cur... More »

Raising Capital: New SEC Rules May Be a Crowdfunding Game Changer

Raising Capital: New SEC Rules May Be a Crowdfunding Game Changer
On Wednesday, March 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced its unanimous approval of the final rules for Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, also known as the “JOBS Act.” The announcement, which Kiran Lingam of Crowdfund Insider described as “a bombs... More »

Legal Reality: Immoral, Scandalous Trademarks

Legal Reality: Immoral, Scandalous Trademarks
Competition in the adult entertainment industry is intense. The widespread availability of free adult materials online, rampant Internet piracy and very low barriers of entry for new competition all combine to make profitability more difficult than ever before. Successful adult entertainment compan... More »

Law of Sex: ‘The War on Porn’ Is Rebranded

Law of Sex: ‘The War on Porn’ Is Rebranded
On October 8, 2014, ThinkProgress.com declared the end to the War on Porn. The censors had lost and erotic media would live on. One sign that the war had been lost was the fact that annual contributions to the well-known anti-erotica group, Morality in Media, had dwindled from over $1 million in 200... More »

Legal Reality: Net Neutrality Turnaround

Legal Reality: Net Neutrality Turnaround
The net neutrality war is still far from over despite the Federal Communications Commission’s historic vote on Feb. 26 that approved a policy for an open Internet. Earlier last month, on Feb. 4, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced new proposed regulations directed to reinstate net neutrality un... More »

Registering Your Intellectual Property

Registering Your Intellectual Property
Savvy intellectual property owners understand that effective protection and enforcement of their intellectual property requires that they register their copyrights and trademarks. Unfortunately, many of the same owners are not aware that recordation of their copyright and trademark registrations wit... More »

Analyze Choices When Acquiring Domains

Analyze Choices When Acquiring Domains
According to the Verisign Domain Report (January 2015), the third quarter of 2014 closed with a base of 284 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs). Verisign goes on to report that registrations have grown 6.8 percent year after year. New gTLDs (generic top-level domain... More »

Ask the Attorneys: What Lies Around the Corner in 2015?

Ask the Attorneys: What Lies Around the Corner in 2015?
Corey Silverstein Last year I predicted that 2014 would not be the year that the adult industry saw a conclusion to the Free Speech Coalition’s battle with the U.S. Government regarding 18 U.S.C. § 2257. But for 2015 I predict that while the battle may not conclude in its entirety, this ... More »

Legal Reality: Texas Kickstarts New Crowdfunding Era

Legal Reality: Texas Kickstarts New Crowdfunding Era
Well, it’s the beginning of 2015 and the Securities and Exchange Commission still has not finalized long-awaited federal crowdfunding rules. The SEC is now nearly two full years past the congressionally mandated deadline to provide final enabling rules for the online crowdfunding provisions o... More »

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

A Look at Ad Networks

When ad networks started surfacing in the adult industry nobody knew quite what to make of them. At that time most webmasters were either affiliate program owners, affiliate webmasters, or both. Gradually,... More »

The Move to Mobile: Many Forward Thinkers Believe in ‘Mobile First’

The recent news about mobile is coming from the content side of the business because of three recent announcements by tech giants. First Google stopped politely suggesting site owners to become mobile... More »

SEO Trends: The Game Has Changed

There used to be a time when webmasters could simply look up the page rank of any website, see what Google thought of it and buy backlinks on the footer of pages with a guaranteed bang for their buck.... More »
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