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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 »

Brand News: How to Lose a Company's Trademark

Brand News: How to Lose a Company's Trademark
Earlier this year, in a case of first impression before the Federal Circuit, the court directly addressed “whether the offering of a service, without the actual provision of a service, is sufficient to constitute use in commerce under Lanham Act § 45, 15 U.S.C. § 1127.” The cou... More »

Law Between the Sheets: Independent Contractor or Employee?

Law Between the Sheets: Independent Contractor or Employee?
All too often, adult business operators spend so much time focusing on things such as obscenity, record-keeping and intellectual property that they neglect some important corporate issues, including taxation and employment law, which can have a tremendous impact on a business owner. Make no mistake... More »

Courtrooms in the Cloud: For 2257, What Comes Next?

Courtrooms in the Cloud: For 2257, What Comes Next?
In resolving the latest assault against 18 U.S.C. § 2257, a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals roundly rejected the Free Speech Coalition’s broad assault on the substantive provisions of 2257, largely centered on arguments arising from the First Amendment. But cur... More »

Raising Capital: New SEC Rules May Be a Crowdfunding Game Changer

Raising Capital: New SEC Rules May Be a Crowdfunding Game Changer
On Wednesday, March 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced its unanimous approval of the final rules for Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, also known as the “JOBS Act.” The announcement, which Kiran Lingam of Crowdfund Insider described as “a bombs... More »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

Paysite Meetup: Catching Lightning in a Bottle

We just completed the first XBIZ.net Paysite Meetup in Prague. We caught lightning in a bottle. I first heard that expression from a friend who works in TV. He started in TV in the 1960s selling advertising,... More »

Why a Traffic Network Killed a Popular Offering

Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast. If a man habituated to a narrow circle of cares and pleasures, out of which he seldom travels, step beyond it, though for never so brief a space, his departure... More »

Luring Cam Users With the Right Ad Format

The live cam marketplace is highly competitive filled with big-, medium- and small-sized players. So how do you stand out from the crowd to attract new users or persuade users to come back and spend their... More »
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