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Legal Reality: Immoral, Scandalous Trademarks

Legal Reality: Immoral, Scandalous Trademarks
Competition in the adult entertainment industry is intense. The widespread availability of free adult materials online, rampant Internet piracy and very low barriers of entry for new competition all combine to make profitability more difficult than ever before. Successful adult entertainment compan... More »

Law of Sex: ‘The War on Porn’ Is Rebranded

Law of Sex: ‘The War on Porn’ Is Rebranded
On October 8, 2014, ThinkProgress.com declared the end to the War on Porn. The censors had lost and erotic media would live on. One sign that the war had been lost was the fact that annual contributions to the well-known anti-erotica group, Morality in Media, had dwindled from over $1 million in 200... More »

Legal Reality: Net Neutrality Turnaround

Legal Reality: Net Neutrality Turnaround
The net neutrality war is still far from over despite the Federal Communications Commission’s historic vote on Feb. 26 that approved a policy for an open Internet. Earlier last month, on Feb. 4, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced new proposed regulations directed to reinstate net neutrality un... More »

Stealing Website Terms & Policies – Not the Best Idea

Stealing Website Terms & Policies – Not the Best Idea
The Internet has become a notorious breeding ground for poaching others’ intellectual property. While all forms of IP infringement are discouraged, one in particular can create a massive headache for Internet businesses: misappropriation of another website’s Terms, Conditions, Policies &... More »

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 »

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Manufacturers Take Action Against Counterfeit Sex Toys

The mainstreaming of pleasure products is proving to be a blessing and a curse for the sex toy industry. As the demand for pleasure products continues to grow, manufacturers are seeing an increase of counterfeiters... More »

Trends in Paysite Design, Content Delivery

Given the highly visual nature of adult entertainment, it is no surprise that many paysites have shown design-forward approaches — some skirting the bleeding edge, while others sought stability over... More »

Surviving Affiliates Seem to Be Thriving

Long a mainstay of traffic generation for adult website owners and monetization channel for tech savvy marketers, “sponsor programs” have delivered countless millions of dollars to affiliates... More »
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