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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 »

Law of Sex: Close Up the Internet, Election Season Is Here

Law of Sex: Close Up the Internet, Election Season Is Here
You know elections are upon us when politicians start talking about wanting to “close up” the Internet, or censor Twitter and Facebook. Throw in a couple terrorist attacks and you have the perfect storm for loss of cherished First Amendment rights. Donald Trump’s suggestion that A... More »

Legal Perspectives: What the Adult Industry Owes to James Joyce

Legal Perspectives: What the Adult Industry Owes to James Joyce
The adult industry has a very good sense of history. For example, none would challenge the statement that this industry took a leading role in protecting First Amendment rights for all Americans. In the adult industry, we have our heroes and martyrs. Larry Flynt, for example, never shied away from a... More »

Courtrooms in the Cloud: The DOJ Calls and Raises at the 3rd Circuit

Courtrooms in the Cloud: The DOJ Calls and Raises at the 3rd Circuit
On Dec. 9, a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument from the parties and take a second look at the decision it rendered in May concerning the Free Speech Coalition’s constitutional attack against 18 U.S.C §§ 2257-2257A, the recordkeeping st... More »

Legal Perspectives: ‘Dancing Baby’ Case's Effects on Adult Business

Legal Perspectives: ‘Dancing Baby’ Case's Effects on Adult Business
In 2007, Stephanie Lenz went to You-Tube and posted a video of her baby running around her kitchen, pushing a toy cart, with a few seconds of Prince’s “Lets Go Crazy” playing in the background. Little did she know that this 29- second video would turn into a landmark court decision... More »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

Next Big Success Could Come From Greatest Failure

Some people think that success is inevitable for successful people, or that some people are just lucky. In reality, success is something more like dating. The vast majority of first dates are probably... More »

Evaluating the ROI of Social Media Campaigns

So much of our business world surrounds the term ROI (return on investment). This word can be used to empower, as justification or as a weapon. People are happy when they have positive ROI. They feel justified... More »

8 Tips for Successful Business Partnerships

2016 marks my 16th year in the adult entertainment industry and the 10-year anniversary of my adult paysite management CMS software company, Elevated X, a still-thriving business formed out of a partnership... More »
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