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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 »

2257 Abuse

2257 Abuse
Title 18, U.S.C. Section 2257 (“2257”) has long been a thorn in the side of content producers and webmasters in the adult industry, but now, the controversial statute is being utilized in ways never intended by the drafters of the legislation.  Purportedly created as an ef... 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 »

Censorship in the UK

Censorship in the UK
Regulators in the UK are creating an unprecedented wave of censorship that not only pushes for filters at the ISP level, but also criminal prosecution for consumers of what government officials consider “extreme porn.”  I have had the pleasure to work with a group of a... More »

2257 Compliance?

2257 Compliance?
Our firm’s approach to adult entertainment law has always included the use of technology in conjunction with legal advice. So, years ago, when Congress passed the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) requiring that all adult websites incorporate some form of user age verification, we created the... More »

FSC 2013: A Very Busy Year!

FSC 2013: A Very Busy Year!
As 2013 closes and we look forward to a new year, I wanted to thank all of our members for their generosity and support. I would like to thank the members of our Board of directors for the countless volunteer hours and their tireless commitment. Finally, I would like to share just some of the projec... More »

Witnessing Transformation – Performers into Producers

Witnessing Transformation – Performers into Producers
The beginning of a new year in the adult entertainment industry is always filled with excitement, trade shows, and hopes for success in the year ahead.  Now is also the time when the industry tries to identify upcoming trends in production and distribution of erotic content.  Fresh in the ... More »

Legal Reality: More Pooling for Porn

Legal Reality: More Pooling for Porn
Last month I reported what some very good news regarding new federal securities regulations that went into effect in September that conditionally allow start-ups and small businesses to use Internet advertising and other mass marketing means to raise investment capital for businesses. The new rules ... More »

Corpus Juris: Filming in California?

Corpus Juris: Filming in California?
In July, a federal judge largely upheld Congress’ most recent changes to 18 U.S.C. § 2257, the highly burdensome record-keeping regime that requires adult content producers to verify the age of performers by inspecting identification documents and maintaining cross-referenced records of t... More »

Crowdfunding: Pooling for Porn

Crowdfunding: Pooling for Porn
On Sept. 23, new securities regulations went into effect allowing start-ups and small businesses to use Internet advertising and other mass marketing means raise investment capital for business. The new law lifts a longstanding ban on public advertisement of private stock sales that had been in plac... More »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

Putting a Dollar Figure on Your Website's Worth

Daily, I get asked the question, “what’s my website worth.” And it’s the hardest question for me to answer. Someone will go to my website and fill out the contact form, put in... More »

New Solutions Require a Bullheadedness, Different Process

Each January we lead a small group of industry leaders on a tour of the crazy innovations at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. It’s a grind on our bodies. We all train for it beforehand.... More »

Adult VR Is Growing as a Profitable Market

A recent series of events is showing adult industry insiders that all the buzz about virtual reality is on a trajectory similar to the rise of mobile and unlikely to flame out the way 3D TV or cryptocurrency... More »
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