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ASACP Issues CP Alert

ASACP Issues CP Alert
The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) CP reporting hotline Compliance Manager has uncovered a new trend in marketing child pornography (CP), causing ASACP to issue this alert to surfers: Criminal CP rings have long used spam email to market to very large numbers of recipien... More »

The Year It Got Serious: 2

The Year It Got Serious: 2
In part one, we looked at some of the landmark decisions in the areas of obscenity and copyright law and the unprecedented enforcement activity by government agencies such as Cal/OSHA and the Federal Trade Commission, the new 2257 regulations and beyond. In this conclusion, we'll look at some of the... More »

The Year It Got Serious: 1

The Year It Got Serious: 1
A year ago, a small upstart publication that many said could not possibly survive the competition or the difficulties of operating a print publication in the era of e-commerce, published its first issue. A year later, XBiz World is one of the most widely read and most trusted sources of news and inf... More »

"We Have A Warrant"

"We Have A Warrant"
Many business owners in the adult industry are familiar with the imminent threat of having their offices raided by the feds. However, few know what to expect when they actually come knocking and haul away servers, files, DVDs and personal records for the purposes of investigation. While a searc... More »

Copyright Basics: 2

Copyright Basics: 2
In part one we looked at copyrights as property and the six separate rights granted to copyright owners. In today's conclusion, we'll examine copyright enforcement, statutory damages and beyond: Enforcement Until relatively recently, adult entertainment companies, with the exception of Playboy a... More »

Copyright Basics: 1

Copyright Basics: 1
Throughout the summer, the adult entertainment business and its attorneys have been understandably focused on a number of criminal laws directly targeting the industry. For some, all the scary legal news has been a bit overwhelming. Consequently, for the first time in several months, this column ... More »

The U.K.'s R18 Rating

The U.K.'s R18 Rating
Great Britain has a long history of erotic expression — from the Skin Two Rubber Ball (one of the world's largest S&M/fetish gatherings) to London's notoriously decadent Hellfire Club of the 18th century to the dominatrix-like attire that actress Diana Rigg often favored when she portrayed sexy sp... More »

Unsolicited Bulk Email

Unsolicited Bulk Email
What is spam? We all know what spam is when we are on the receiving end. Every day most of us delete endless meaningless emails from sources we don't know or care about. So is that what spam really is? Unsolicited bulk email? Even the term "unsolicited" is vague. And where does the adult webmaste... More »

The Balancing Act: 1

The Balancing Act: 1
These are perilous times for legitimate adult web operators as they try to understand and manage the huge array of new regulations as well as the hostile political environment they now find surrounding their livelihood. Massive changes are often wrought with unplanned work, procedural uncertainty, a... More »

Legal Beat: October, 2005

Legal Beat: October, 2005
On Aug. 2 at U.S. District Court in Denver, Judge Walker D. Miller heard oral arguments regarding plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction in the case of Free Speech Coalition vs. Gonzales. The lawsuit seeks to restrain government enforcement of the "2257 regulations" set forth at 18 U.S.C. ... More »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

Data Privacy Is Tightening Up in the E.U.

Have you begun preparing for GDPR? If you are like most, you haven’t even heard of GDPR, but also if you are like most, it is going to affect your business, starting May 25, 2018. The GDPR, or General... More »

Could Adult Content Be Banned?

Earlier this month, I met with the Free Speech Coalition’s board of directors for our annual review. Despite the headwinds our industry faces, politically and economically, we are, as an organization,... More »

Cutting Costs in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Adult website owners are comprised of two groups: One is comfortable giving up 30-50 percent of their site’s gross sales revenue (aka profit) in exchange for software, hosting and services despite... More »
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