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Fraud: 2

Fraud: 2
In part one, we began our look at ways in which adult sites can prevent, reduce and combat credit card fraud. In this conclusion, we'll continue our examination of fraud prevention and mitigation: But whether they are the result of friendly fraud or stolen credit card numbers, too many chargeback... More »

Making Bank

Making Bank
When CBS' "60 Minutes" put together a segment on mainstream corporate America's involvement with adult entertainment in 2004, none of the executives that "60 Minutes" wanted to interview were willing to discuss the specifics of their erotica-related profits on camera — and that attitude has not ch... More »

The Wal-Mart Rule

The Wal-Mart Rule
It's no secret that the Bush administration is under tremendous pressure from religious groups and other ideologically driven special interests to increase the number of federal obscenity prosecutions. With two more years in which to do this, it is this observer's opinion that the right will attempt... More »

The Real Danger: .XXX

The Real Danger: .XXX
Editor's note: this article was written before yesterday's decision by ICANN to reject .XXX for a third time. It is still relevant, however, since some observers feel that we still haven't heard the last of .XXX: If you follow the adult entertainment industry's trade news publications or particip... More »

Lessons From Friends

Lessons From Friends
As a lawyer, I view the world through glasses that are different than those worn by most others. They are certainly not rose-colored. There's not a day that goes by that I don't eat something, watch something or drive by something that reminds me of some monumental court case or important legal theo... More »

Legal Angels: 2

Legal Angels: 2
In part one, we began our look at the impact L.A.-based attorneys have had on 1st Amendment law. We'll continue our look in this conclusion: Landmark Miller Another L.A.-based attorney, Burton Marks, played a key role in a subsequent Supreme Court ruling: 1973's landmark decision in Miller vs. C... More »

Legal Angels: 1

Legal Angels: 1
Skillful, accomplished 1st Amendment lawyers can be found in many different parts of the U.S., including Cincinnati (home to H. Louis Sirkin), Chicago (where J.D. Obenberger and Reed Lee are based) and Buffalo, N.Y. (home of Paul J. Cambria Jr.). But if any American city deserves to be exalted as th... More »

A Look at Worker's Comp

A Look at Worker's Comp
When attorney Michael Fattorosi draws a parallel between workers in the adult industry and migrant day laborers, he isn't comparing pile driving to picking apples — or is he? Because whether an actor suffers a slipped disc while performing on set or a farm worker cracks his head open by falling of... More »

Golden State Jitters: 2

Golden State Jitters: 2
In part one, we began our look at the current state of adult production in California. In this conclusion, we'll continue our look at the "Think Tank" meeting and beyond. And of course, there were the lawyers. In addition to adult industry attorneys, Jeffrey Douglas, Gil Sperling and myself, the ... More »

Golden State Jitters: 1

Golden State Jitters: 1
For at least the past 25 years, Southern California has been the adult video production capital of the world. In fact, at one time the San Fernando Valley, affectionately dubbed "Silicone Valley" by many in the industry, accounted for more than 90 percent of the world's professionally produced porn.... More »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

‘Fifty Shades’: A Marketing Phenomenon

The statistics suggest that at its peak, the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book was selling every second on average. Even years after its 2011 debut, the books have entered the all-time bestseller... More »

Avoiding a Crash Landing While Making Changes

Recently I had lunch with Peter, one of the most successful business coaches in Europe. We sat outside at a cafe a few kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea. It was the middle of winter but the clouds... More »

Finding the Right Road to Success

Last month, I wrote about collaboration, surrounding yourself with good people and top-tier service providers and having an alliance group. In past articles, I have written about the “7 Ps”:... More »
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