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Rights From Performers: Minor Role, Big Impact

Rights From Performers: Minor Role, Big Impact
A recent federal appeals court ruling has underscored, once again, why it is so important for content producers to properly acquire intellectual property rights from persons providing creative contributions to their content. In Garcia vs. Google Inc., No. 12-57308, an actress successfully obtained a... More »

Censorship by Money: Snuffing Out Adult Entertainment by Denial of Banking Services

Censorship by Money: Snuffing Out Adult Entertainment by Denial of Banking Services
Adult film stars are reportedly having their bank accounts systematically closed by JP Morgan Chase bank, for no other reason than their connection with porn. According to industry publications and more directly, tweets from adult film performers, Chase has been busy sending letters to hundreds of p... More »

Michigan Joins the "Revenge Porn" Ban Bandwagon

Michigan Joins the "Revenge Porn" Ban Bandwagon
I'm not sure why it took so long, but on May 1, 2014, the State of Michigan joined a growing number of states in seeking to criminalize "revenge porn". Michigan Senate Bills No. 924 and No. 925 would make it either a misdeameanor or a felony (depending on whether its the individual's first or subse... More »

Legal Reality: Picking an Identity

Legal Reality: Picking an Identity
Obtaining a desired domain name is a critical part of modern commerce. Unfortunately, all too often a company or a person will register a domain name and use it without sufficient consideration of whether doing so will infringe another’s trademark or service mark. This can be a very costly mis... More »

Isaacs Obscenity Case & Life Without Miller

Isaacs Obscenity Case & Life Without <em>Miller</em>
In a not-so-surprising, albeit disappointing, decision affecting the adult entertainment industry, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the obscenity conviction of fetish producer, Ira Isaacs. Isaacs was originally charged with violating federal obscenity statutes in 2007, after the dist... More »

Lessons From History: How We Arrived at Where We Are

Lessons From History: How We Arrived at Where We Are
Attending one of the recent trade shows reminds anyone there of the broad diversity of the members of this industry. The attendees ranged from entrepreneurs barely old enough to gain entry to those whose hair, what might be left of it, is snow white; from “newbies” to seasoned veterans; ... More »

Placing Regulations on Adult Sites

Placing Regulations on Adult Sites
As stories of the government’s assault on the adult industry based on obscenity prosecutions and 2257 inspections fade into legend, a new legal boogieman may be waiting in the shadows. It is known by several names including the “FTC,” state “Consumer Protection Divisions,&rdq... More »

Acquiring Online Businesses

Acquiring Online Businesses
2013 was a busy year in the online adult industry; especially in terms of business purchases, sales and mergers. Online businesses were purchased at record prices in 2013 and I expect that 2014 will continue the trend. This is the first of a series in which I will discuss some of the more important... More »

Is It Legal to Shoot Porn in Your State?

Is It Legal to Shoot Porn in Your State?
This is the first of a series of articles comparing and contrasting the legal, political, and economic landscapes in California, Nevada, and Florida as they relate to adult film production. Historically, the vast majority of adult film production took place in Southern California — more speci... More »

Legal Reality: Warning! Net Neutrality is Terminated — This is Not a Test

Legal Reality: Warning! Net Neutrality is Terminated — This is Not a Test
On Jan. 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down a ruling of monumental importance. In its long awaited decision in the case of Verizon vs. Federal Communications Commission the court effectively ended what has come to be known as “net neutrality.” ... 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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