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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 »

Byte-Sexual: Recognizing the Evolving Relationships with Our Electronic Devices

Byte-Sexual: Recognizing the Evolving Relationships with Our Electronic Devices
Does the virtual assistant on your smartphone just “get you”? For many smart phone users, interacting with a natural speech-recognizing, intelligent, digital assistant - ever-present on their devices - has become a way of life. It was impossible to imagine just a few years ago that we wo... More »

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 »

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Sex Toy Storage Creators Discuss Growing Consumer Demand for Hygienic Options

Growing up, you probably had a few toys. When playtime came to an end, you were probably asked to put them away. Now, you are a grown up, and you probably have some toys of a different variety. But where... More »

Uncovering the Newest Trends in Alternative Billing

For adult merchants, especially adult website operators, the notion of “alternative billing” hasn’t really evolved from its Ameri-centric “anything but MasterCard or Visa”... More »

Sexual Enhancement Market Sees Growth From Couples-Friendly Approach

From cock rings and penis pumps to creams, gels and sprays, male sexual enhancement products have long been a fixture in the pleasure products/sex toys sector. But the marketing of those products has evolved... More »
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