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Initiating a UDRP Claim

Initiating a UDRP Claim
During the 1990s, the Internet emerged as a common platform upon which individuals and businesses, for both commercial and other purposes, could interact and conduct business via websites. As is commonly understood, websites are identified by a domain name, such as Yahoo.com. As the Internet grew, a... More »

Viewing Rights - The Constitutional Right to View Erotic Material

Viewing Rights - The Constitutional Right to View Erotic Material
What are your constitutional rights when it comes to viewing pornographic, violent or controversial material in your own home? This is a question we frequently address as First Amendment attorneys, and on which there is still some confusion in the minds of consumers.  Is there a right to view o... More »

Legal Reality: Net Neutrality Update

Legal Reality: Net Neutrality Update
Earlier this year, in my article entitled “Warning! Net Neutrality Terminated! This Is Not A Test,“ I discussed how a recent federal court ruling has set the stage for potentially unprecedented regulatory changes that might well spell the end of the Internet as we know it. Specifically, ... More »

Legal Reality: Discussing Intangibles

Legal Reality: Discussing Intangibles
We live in an age of unprecedented consumer access to a nearly limitless amount of content. As a result, sellers of goods and services have been challenged like never before to find ways to reach new customers amid the relentless deluge of information. And as the competition for eyes and ears has in... More »

The "Collaborative Era" and Legal Ramifications

 The "Collaborative Era"  and Legal Ramifications
Most individuals who have been working in the online adult industry marketplace during the past 10 years agree that making money and being successful has gotten more difficult and costly.  Many of those individuals have spent a lot of time attempting to place blame on the change in the marketpl... More »

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 »

Censored by Google: What’s Next?

Censored by Google: What’s Next?
Google, a name most associated with the popular, gargantuan search engine, has been making its way into the headlines for a different and much more egregious reason: censorship across its platform of products.  The company recently made waves for prohibiting adult material on its adve... 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 »

DMCA Evolution: Forum Solicits Input on Possible Changes to Notice and Takedown Procedures

DMCA Evolution: Forum Solicits Input on Possible Changes to Notice and Takedown Procedures
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) “notice and takedown” procedure and the attendant “safe harbor” protections afforded to service providers often spark controversy and debate. Originally designed as a way to balance the interests of copyright holders and onl... More »


Adult Industry Keeps Fighting On

On Nov. 8, we had one of the most momentous — and to political observers, improbable — victories in the history of our industry. We defeated, by popular vote, a purportedly progressive measure... More »

Finding the Right Payment Business Model

One consistency among nearly all paysite owners is that they are creatures of habit. After all, how else could someone tirelessly produce or procure similar content steadily in order to update their commercial... More »

What Payment Plan Suits Your Bottom Line

The most disappointing aspect of merchant processing is having to tell a merchant that all domestic options have been exhausted and that there isn’t a bank in the U.S. willing to open a merchant... More »
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