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FTC Examines Cloud Privacy

FTC Examines Cloud Privacy
One issue that must be faced by all website operators is protecting the privacy of visitors — or of at least clearly informing them about it when you're not protecting their privacy. This isn't simply a matter of being polite, it's most often a matter of law; and for U.S.-based webmasters, online ... More »

Virtual World Phenomenon Gets the U.S.'s Attention

Virtual World Phenomenon Gets the U.S.'s Attention
A recently published study by the Federal Trade Commission entitled “Virtual Worlds and Kids: Mapping the Risks” is yet another sure sign that massively multi-user virtual environments (MMVEs) are rapidly growing in popularity and importance. The report, released in December, was the result... More »

The CAL-OSHA Story

The CAL-OSHA Story
In 2008, Cal-OSHA began to focus its attention on the adult entertainment industry. A handful of companies were visited by Cal-OSHA and were cited for everything from exposed electrical cords to expired fire extinguishers. Most companies are unaware that OSHA requires all businesses to have a workpl... More »

Whip Me, Beat Me... Now Go to Jail?

Whip Me, Beat Me... Now Go to Jail?
The increase in both frequency and popularity of erotic content depicting fetish activity such as bondage, discipline, sadomasochism and sadism ("BDSM") warrants some exploration from the legal side. For years, industry producers repeated the urban legend warning against the creation of any materia... More »

Another Patent Troll Attacks Industry

Another Patent Troll Attacks Industry
For most adult entertainment entrepreneurs intellectual property issues are usually constrained to acquiring or protecting copyrights in their content or trademark rights in their brands. But there is another very important type of intellectual property that is all too often overlooked by adult e... More »

Revolution for Community Standards

Revolution for Community Standards
Every now and then an event occurs in the adult entertainment industry that is of critical interest to every participant in the business. On Oct. 28, 2009, such an event occurred. On that day the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals became the first to adopt the requirement that content distribut... More »

FSC: Strong Returns

FSC: Strong Returns
In these tough economic times, it is easy to ask yourself “Why should I be a member of the Free Speech Coalition?” Because, for a small investment, FSC is an asset that that will always give you a strong return on your investment. FSC’s mission is to lead, protect and support the growth and... More »

Top 50 Newsmakers '09

Top 50 Newsmakers '09
2257 In 2009, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld 18 U.S.C. § 2257, the federal record-keeping law in the long-contested Connections case. According to Los Angeles attorney Gregory Piccionelli, “The majority opinion is a piece of pretzel logic that utterly fails to address any of the we... More »

Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences
A recent opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Cincom Systems Inc. v. Novelis Corp, 92 U.S.P.Q.2d 1085 (6th Cir. 2009)), serves as a strong reminder to those web-based businesses that have licensed code, scripts, and other software, to carefully consider the impact of federal... More »

FSC's New Challenge to 2257

FSC's New Challenge to 2257
On Oct. 7, the Free Speech Coalition launched a lawsuit against the federal government challenging the constitutionality of 18 U.S.C. § 2257. If you are not an FSC member, don’t miss your opportunity to be included under the umbrella of this critical litigation. Why Now? On Dec. 18, 2008, t... More »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

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 »

The Journey Toward Artificial Intelligence in Processing

Let’s be honest. If you’re running a company you spend most of your time trying figure out what the hell is going on. Then you spend the rest of your time — what’s left of it —... More »
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