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Lessons From History: How We Arrived at Where We Are

Lessons From History: How We Arrived at Where We Are
Attending one of the recent trade shows reminds anyone there of the broad diversity of the members of this industry. The attendees ranged from entrepreneurs barely old enough to gain entry to those whose hair, what might be left of it, is snow white; from “newbies” to seasoned veterans; ... More »

Placing Regulations on Adult Sites

Placing Regulations on Adult Sites
As stories of the government’s assault on the adult industry based on obscenity prosecutions and 2257 inspections fade into legend, a new legal boogieman may be waiting in the shadows. It is known by several names including the “FTC,” state “Consumer Protection Divisions,&rdq... More »

Acquiring Online Businesses

Acquiring Online Businesses
2013 was a busy year in the online adult industry; especially in terms of business purchases, sales and mergers. Online businesses were purchased at record prices in 2013 and I expect that 2014 will continue the trend. This is the first of a series in which I will discuss some of the more important... More »

Is It Legal to Shoot Porn in Your State?

Is It Legal to Shoot Porn in Your State?
This is the first of a series of articles comparing and contrasting the legal, political, and economic landscapes in California, Nevada, and Florida as they relate to adult film production. Historically, the vast majority of adult film production took place in Southern California — more speci... More »

Warning! Net Neutrality is Terminated — This is Not a Test

Warning! Net Neutrality is Terminated â This is Not a Test
On Jan. 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down a ruling of monumental importance. In its long awaited decision in the case of Verizon vs. Federal Communications Commission the court effectively ended what has come to be known as “net neutrality.” ... More »

Back to Basics: Model Releases

Back to Basics: Model Releases
There is an almost intuitive knowledge among those members of the adult entertainment community who create images for Internet publication that model releases are necessary for some purpose or another, but there is a great deal of misunderstanding and confusion about what, exactly, model releases ar... More »

Keeping Your 2257 Records Clean

Keeping Your 2257 Records Clean
Model Release? Check! Performer ID’s? Check! 2257 form? Check! Throw them all into a file or load them into a database and your legal tail is covered, right? Unfortunately, XXX law is never that simple, particularly when discussing compliance with the federal regulations applied to highly-regu... More »

Loss of Pinterest Trademark in the E.U. Holds Lessons for Adult Companies

Loss of Pinterest Trademark in the E.U. Holds Lessons for Adult Companies
Everyone has heard of Pinterest, right? Well who do you think owns the trademark to "Pinterest”? The answer depends upon which country you're in, and it might surprise you. An enterprising company, Premium Interest, that does appear not to do much yet, (except presumably register trademarks b... More »

Industry Outlook: Ask The Lawyers

Industry Outlook: Ask The Lawyers
LAWRENCE G. WALTERS The legal trends we will most likely see in 2014 will focus on the shift in adult entertainment from professional porn stars to webcam models, escorts and amateur models. Professional adult production is subject to a substantial level of legal evaluation, performer STI testing,... More »

Legal Reality: Trademark Basics

Legal Reality: Trademark Basics
We live in the age of information. It is an extraordinary time, unlike all others, where literally billions of people have access to an unprecedented amount and scope of content. Amid it all is a relentless deluge of advertising information that has challenged sellers of goods and services like neve... More »

EDUCATIONAL FEATURES

New Solutions for Mobile Video Delivery

With more mobile users hitting websites every day, it is increasingly important for site operators to deploy cross-platform video delivery systems. In 2014, one might think this would be a straight-forward... More »

Internationalization Breeds Discovery Concerns

The Internet as you know it is changing, as billions of non-English speaking users come online, and with them, numerous new top-level domains. This couples with the de-Americanization of the Internet to... More »

Keeping Your 2257 Records Clean

Model Release? Check! Performer ID’s? Check! 2257 form? Check! Throw them all into a file or load them into a database and your legal tail is covered, right? Unfortunately, XXX law is never that... More »
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