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Revenge Porn: Is a Federal Criminal Ban Imminent?

Revenge Porn: Is a Federal Criminal Ban Imminent?
According the National Conference of State Legislatures, “revenge porn” is defined as “the posting of nude or sexually explicit photographs or videos of people online without their consent, even if the photograph itself was taken with consent. A spurned spouse, girlfriend or boyfri... More »

Alternative Currency; Is Regulation in Store?

Alternative Currency; Is Regulation in Store?
Hardly a day goes by without some headline referring to developments in legal status or use of alternative currency such as bitcoin. At times it seems the virtual currency is nearly taking over the Internet. How, though, will this new trend affect the adult entertainment industry? Although the overa... More »

Legal Reality: Cliff Notes on 2257

Legal Reality: Cliff Notes on 2257
Unlike producers of nonsexual content, adult content producers must comply with a complex and burdensome set of federal criminal regulations known as the 2257 regulations. For those who are not familiar with the 2257 regulations, they are a pair of statutes (18 U.S.C. § 2257 and 18 U.S.C. §... More »

Rights From Performers: Minor Role, Big Impact

Rights From Performers: Minor Role, Big Impact
A recent federal appeals court ruling has underscored, once again, why it is so important for content producers to properly acquire intellectual property rights from persons providing creative contributions to their content. In Garcia vs. Google Inc., No. 12-57308, an actress successfully obtained a... More »

Legal Reality: Picking an Identity

Legal Reality: Picking an Identity
Obtaining a desired domain name is a critical part of modern commerce. Unfortunately, all too often a company or a person will register a domain name and use it without sufficient consideration of whether doing so will infringe another’s trademark or service mark. This can be a very costly mis... More »

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 — 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 »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

E-Commerce and Adult Video Sales

I’ll never forget the first system through which I performed order fulfillment for adult videos that had been sold online — mostly because it was a ludicrously tedious and inefficient exercise... More »

Online Billing: More Monitoring at the Transaction Level

Operation Choke Point and increased pressure by bank regulators on financial Institutions to identify and eliminate merchant fraud has certainly increased the monitoring efforts by banks regarding their... More »

The Role of E-Commerce in the Pleasure Product Sector

One of the more obvious impacts of the Internet is the way in which it globalized so many things that used to be thought of as entirely local phenomenon. In the old days, if an American wanted to buy a... More »
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