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A Retrospective on the Adult Industry’s Tall Climb

A Retrospective on the Adult Industry’s Tall Climb
As certainly the oldest member of the current adult-industry Fourth Estate, and having written for many adult publications, some of which no longer exist, I write this in the first person which, if you have read my articles in the past, isn’t usually my style. The reason I do so is that I&rsqu... More »

Touring Attorney Takes Look at Porn Under Putin

Touring Attorney Takes Look at Porn Under Putin
About four miles northwest of the Kremlin, three blocks off of Tsverskaya Ulitsa (a congested throughfare, which in communist times had a reputation akin to Times Square on account of reputation for commerce in flesh), in an old Georgian neighborhood, lies tree-shaded Tishkinaya Square. On that tri... More »

FTC Continues to Make Its Presence Felt

FTC Continues to Make Its Presence Felt
Make no mistake about it, if you are an online business operator, legal compliance should be at the top of your list of priorities. For the better part of the past decade I have preached about the importance of being cognizant of the Federal Trade Commission and its various powers. Once again, the ... More »

Business Models Can Trigger Regulatory Compliance

Business Models Can Trigger Regulatory Compliance
Adult website operators are typically familiar with the obligations imposed by Title 18 U.S.C. § 2257 (Section 2257) which mandates the compilation and maintenance of certain records relating to the production of sexually explicit content. Less well known, but equally if not more important, ar... More »

Another Attempt to Blame Pornography

Another Attempt to Blame Pornography
And round and round the censorship wheel goes. Utah state Sen. Todd Weiler is just the latest to try and shape the marketplace of ideas to his own superstitious views of morality. Weiler proposed S.C.R. 9, seeking to have pornography declared a public health hazard. The resolution is hilariou... More »

Stop ‘Borrowing’ Website Terms and Legal Disclaimers

Stop ‘Borrowing’ Website Terms and Legal Disclaimers
During the past decade, I have had the honor and privilege of speaking at tradeshows across the U.S. and Canada with some of the brightest entrepreneurs and many respected legal practitioners. I have spoken about various legal and business issues that the adult industry faces on a daily basis and a... More »

The Condom Battle Is Far From Over

The Condom Battle Is Far From Over
On Feb. 18, Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board voted down new regulations for adult film performers. These regulations not only included mandatory condoms, but latex dental dams to protect the mouth and eye protection such as goggles. This was a huge victory for adult performers, and the adult industr... More »

Pushing Claims Off Through a CGL Policy

Pushing Claims Off Through a CGL Policy
Federal litigation is expensive. Even if you win your case, you can still lose by spending many thousands of dollars defending an unjustified case. The Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corp. conducted a study that shows the average cost of litigating even a low-dollar copyright infringement ... More »

2016 Outlook: Attorneys Share Foresights

2016 Outlook: Attorneys Share Foresights
XBIZ: What Lies Around the Corner for the Online Adult Entertainment Industry in 2016? Gregory A. Piccionelli Piccionelli & Sarno I think 2016 will be a pivotal year for the online adult entertainment business, as it will be for the broader entertainment industry as a whole. I believe it will ... More »

Law Dragon: Insurance Comes in Handy When You Get Sued

Law Dragon: Insurance Comes in Handy When You Get Sued
Business insurance is important. Unfortunately, many small business operators fail to think about it until it is too late. That is especially true for startups. Businesses — especially new ones — sometimes overlook what can go wrong. Accordingly, there are some disaster-prevention activ... More »

EDUCATIONAL FEATURES

Search Oftentimes Is Left to Chance

Adult content is frowned upon in search, whether in paid, organic or social. With the big algo updates from the past few years, Google has cleaned up search, trying to get rid of spammy and low-quality... More »

Five Tips to Generate Repeat Business

A $50 sale is great. But what if you could get that same $50 sale to come back four times in the next few months? Here are some ideas how to achieve that. 1) On your receipts, you should have an option... More »

Impact Play: From Foreplay to Finding the Perfect Toys

When it comes to BDSM impact play implements, one size certainly does not fit all. Different tools can produce a wide variety of effects and selecting the right one is largely dependent on what the recipient... More »
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