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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 »

Measure B — Is the Sky Falling?

Measure B — Is the Sky Falling?
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has approved the denial of interim injunctive relief that would have stopped enforcement of Measure B, Los Angeles county’s condom requirement for adult motion picture production. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and its driving force, Michael Weinstein, ar... More »

Adult Biz & the Law: Violations and the Violated

Adult Biz & the Law: Violations and the Violated
In early November, Uber found itself under fire for a number of privacy violations and frankly chilling suggestions of how it can use its data. One of Uber’s executives admitted spying on a journalist, and reports leaked out about how Uber used its “God view” ability to watch well-... More »

Get Off Your Butt and Email the FCC Now

Get Off Your Butt and Email the FCC Now
The Place: http://www.fcc.gov/comments The Message: “Net Neutrality Now.” Do it now, pass it on. I am beginning this month’s article with what I hope will be an unambiguous call to action for everyone in the greater online adult entertainment community to join the battle to resto... More »

Mounting Breaches: Are You Paying Enough Attention to Internet Security?

Mounting Breaches: Are You Paying Enough Attention to Internet Security?
For those of you who haven’t been paying attention to the news, there is an epidemic in the online world and it’s getting worse. Last month JPMorgan Chase announced that 76 million households were affected by a recent security breach in which many individuals had their personal informati... More »

Legal Reality: DMCA Takedown Notices, Requirements

Legal Reality: DMCA Takedown Notices, Requirements
Recently I have received a lot of requests from our readers regarding the requirements for a proper DMCA takedown notice. For those not familiar with a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notice, it is a communication that is sent to an online service provider (OSP) by a party that owns... More »

Legal Reality: Should You Have a Prenuptial Agreement?

Legal Reality: Should You Have a Prenuptial Agreement?
Summertime has passed, and like every summer, the weather was beautiful and a whole lot of people got married. That’s a good thing, for as a friend of mine once told me, “Marriage is a sacred institution. It’s something a man only does ... two or three times in his life!” Unf... More »

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Hidden Gems: Digging Deeper Into Traffic Ecosystems

As adult content continues to evolve from the glory days of its time as a product for monetization into a valuable marketing hook for other products to monetize, the proliferation of new ad networks and... More »

The Digital Factor: Industry Execs Discuss Trends in E-Commerce

The concept of selling sex toys and sexy attire via mail-order existed long before the Internet, but e-commerce has made it much more widespread than it was back in the 1970s and 1980s (when Adam &... More »

Keeping Pace With The Evolving Market Spells ‘Success’ For Distributors

Change is hard to accept. It means adjustment. Shifting. Re-organization. Cost. And that can be jarring and, in turn, a big headache when you’re comfortably set in your ways as a business and, supposedly,... More »
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