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Your Permanent Record

Your Permanent Record
On April 27, representatives of the Justice Department met privately with employees of various Internet service providers and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at the Holiday Inn Select in Alexandria, Va., where they discussed the possibility of mandatory data retention being im... More »

Commentary on 2257

Commentary on 2257
Listening to the Justice Department's lawyers arguing their side of the 2257 case in Denver, I was reminded of the old joke about the man who lost the dollar bill on 3rd Street, but is looking for it on 4th Street. Why does he look on 4th Street? Because the light is better there! That might once ha... More »

The "3 Rs" of Online Adult

The "3 Rs" of Online Adult
With the online adult industry receiving ever-increasing scrutiny and legislators at all levels of government pushing for greater regulation of our sector, voices of concern are ringing out from throughout the adult business community. Business owners, webmasters, attorneys and performers all have ... More »

An Extreme Appeal

An Extreme Appeal
For the first time in generations, there is a realistic possibility that there will be an end to obscenity prosecutions in this country. Pending before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the government's appeal of the dismissal of the federal obscenity indictment against Extreme Associates.... More »

Regarding: .XXX TLD

Regarding: .XXX TLD
Editor's note: The following is a letter sent by noted adult industry attorneys J. D. Obenberger and Reed Lee to ICANN, outlining some of the reasons that the "dot xxx" TLD should not be adopted. A well thought out, logical and eloquent statement, I present it for your consideration: We are Free ... More »

The Silver Lining?

The Silver Lining?
With all of the industry outcry and vociferous objections to the recently-amended Section 2257 regulations, many in the industry have failed to recognize that this otherwise burdensome legislation may have some unintended positive effects. While the entire statute may be unconstitutional, and the c... More »

2257: A Temporary Truce: 2

2257: A Temporary Truce: 2
In part one we looked at what's next in regards to 2257 and how the FSC still needs your support. Now we'll look at "the 11th Commandment," and the dangers of "colorful" language: The 11th Commandment In last month's column, I made reference to one of my adult business maxims I share with all my... More »

2257: A Temporary Truce: 1

2257: A Temporary Truce: 1
On June 23, the Free Speech Coalition and the other plaintiffs in the case of Free Speech Coalition et al. vs. Alberto Gonzales won the first skirmish of the 2257 wars. The victory provided a temporary, but effective, 2257 "enforcement shield" to members of the FSC in good standing as of June 25. ... More »

Treacherous Toyland?

Treacherous Toyland?
While they might seem like harmless fun to open-minded people, sex toys can cause serious injuries (and serious legal headaches) if they're misused or defective. Novelty makers and sellers face unique challenges when it comes to legal issues concerning product liability and the legality of selling ... More »

Buzz Builds Over .XXX

Buzz Builds Over .XXX
The Commerce Department's June 30 announcement that the United States would retain, and perhaps expand, control over the Internet infrastructure is roiling other countries hoping to see an international body assume that role. But many industry insiders believe the move was a direct response to a ser... 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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