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'2257's Pros, Cons and Constitutional Quandaries

'2257's Pros, Cons and Constitutional Quandaries
Editor's note: the following article first appeared in the Feb. 2009 issue of XBIZ World Magazine. In a development that was a long time coming, the U.S. Justice Department recently released its newest revisions to the record-keeping regulations collectively known as "2257," immediately setting o... More »

Legal Considerations of Starting an Online Business

Legal Considerations of Starting an Online Business
While one of the most costly aspects of developing your Internet business plan is the obtainment of qualified legal advice, the failure to do so can be even costlier. For some startups, however, the price of even a single hour with one of the industry's best attorneys is prohibitive — causing some... More »

A Welcome Opportunity

A Welcome Opportunity
Since its inception, the adult entertainment business has been the target of unfair and frequently unconstitutional government regulations. Enactment of onerous laws such as, the federal record keeping and labeling regulations (18 U.S.C. §2257), harassing criminal prosecutions and shameful particip... More »

Balancing Talent Agents, Performers and Producers

Balancing Talent Agents, Performers and Producers
There has been much debate recently as to the role talent agents play in the adult entertainment industry. In November 2008, seven California-based licensed and bonded talent agencies came together and formed the Adult Entertainment Agents Trade Association. The mere fact that the "legal" talent ... More »

In the Wake of the Piracy Summit

In the Wake of the Piracy Summit
On Nov. 18, FSC in conjunction with law firms Jenner Block and Mitchell Silberberg, pulled together an unprecedented group of mainstream entertainment executives to talk to the adult entertainment industry about the problem of piracy. Surely these top executives, these strategists from Sony, NBC Uni... More »

Online Privacy: The Naked and the Scanned

Online Privacy: The Naked and the Scanned
If you work with a company that provides erotic content online, then there's something you should know. Some of your customers — the visitors to your website — are breaking the law. No, I don't mean that they are "hackers" trying to gain access to your proprietary data, nor that they are underag... More »

The Top Ten Lawmakers Influencing Online Adult Content

The Top Ten Lawmakers Influencing Online Adult Content
Although the adult webmaster can make a good living through entertaining online patrons with steamy content, it’s important to remember that there are lawmakers who make their living by fighting against the same. The movement to ban or tax online adult content has its roots in morality, greed and ... More »

A New Hope for Tolerance

A New Hope for Tolerance
The adult entertainment industry has great reason to celebrate this holiday season and the reason why can be summed up in three words: President Barack Obama. Adult entertainment businesses traditionally encounter substantial governmental hostility under conservative Republican regimes. This has pa... More »

DigiProtect Targets Piracy

DigiProtect Targets Piracy
One of the most disturbing trends in online business is the rampant abuse of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks as a means for illegally distributing digital media: music, video, software and games. This explosion in illegal downloading has hit the adult business particularly hard. Companies are becomi... More »

Considering Inbound Transactions

Considering Inbound Transactions
Is your company in Canada or the Netherlands Antilles but doing business in the U.S.? Are you considering a company outside the U.S. that would be using an office in the U.S.? Then this brief overview should be of interest to you. Too often we run across owners of a business or a web-based site w... More »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

How Advertisers Use Your Devices to Sell You Stuff

The paranoia has reached an all-time high. Now some people actually believe that their microwave ovens are spying on them — despite the fact they don’t have any listening devices or cameras.... More »

As Mobile Grows, So Does Need to Push Sales

The number of consumers browsing and buying online will reach 270 million by 2020, driven largely by activity on mobile devices, according to Forrester. Business is booming and the fact that most purchases... More »

With AI, Routine Tasks Start Fading Away

I just turned 42. The list of things I may never do again is growing fast. I no longer dream that I will become an Olympian in any sport except archery or horseback riding. The oldest Olympians in those... More »
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