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Website Legal Reviews: 2

Website Legal Reviews: 2
In Part 1, we examined the scope of website legal reviews, corporate formation and structuring, online agreements and intellectual property concerns. In this installment, we'll examine issues surrounding the infringement on the rights of others, age verification and 2257, plus obscenity and content ... More »

Website Legal Reviews: 1

Website Legal Reviews: 1
A substantial percentage of adult webmasters are still operating without having had their website reviewed by an attorney. Various reasons are offered for this, including: "I know the law," "I stick to soft-core content," "My friend told me what his lawyer said," or, "What is a website review?" No... More »

U.S. Obscenity Laws: 2

U.S. Obscenity Laws: 2
In Part 1, we discovered the historical protections of freedom of expression and the intent of the Founding Fathers. In this wrap up of our look at U.S. Obscenity Laws, we'll examine lust, prurience, and finding value in erotica: Looking At 'Prurience' In establishing the law of punishable obsce... More »

U.S. Obscenity Laws: 1

U.S. Obscenity Laws: 1
Editor's note: Observers of the Washington scene will have noticed by now that certain elements within the federal government are pushing for a reinvigorated assault on the adult entertainment industry; including the redefinition, and prosecution of, federal obscenity laws. To better understand wher... More »

Commentary For Congress

Commentary For Congress
Editor's note: The following is the Written Testimony of Lawrence G. Walters and Marc J. Randazza, of Weston, Garrou, DeWitt & Walters, submitted to the Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights of the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate on March 16, 2005, as comme... More »

Obscenity Basics: Part 2

Obscenity Basics: Part 2
Editor's note: In this series' first part, we were introduced to US federal obscenity laws and their application to distributors of explicit depictions of hardcore sexual activity. Today we'll examine what obscenity is, and issues of compliance: What Is Obscenity? So what is obscenity? Simply pu... More »

Obscenity Basics: Part 1

Obscenity Basics: Part 1
If you distribute explicit depictions of hardcore sexual activity, via the Internet or otherwise, you are subject to the federal obscenity laws. These are serious criminal laws. They are federal felonies that carry substantial penalties for their violation, including lengthy prison terms, fines and ... More »

Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows
When John Lawrence and Tyron Garner were having a drink at Lawrence's Houston apartment on Sept. 17, 1998, and decided to move the party into the bedroom, they had no idea that their passion might be setting a precedent for the rights of adult content producers a scant six years later. When Harris ... More »

The War On Adult?

The War On Adult?
On Dec. 1 in Washington, former CIA Director George Tenet addressed an information-system security conference, warning that al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations could use the Internet to carry out cyber attacks against the United States and calling for greater Internet governance. Tenet as... More »

The Ultimate Attack?

The Ultimate Attack?
Like it or not, the participants in, and consumers of, our industry are reviled, and looked down upon by the mainstream world, including by those who partake of our wares and services. This is never more apparent than when one party wishes to launch a personal attack on another: rarely is a better v... More »

PROFILES & BIOS

Q&A: Holiday Products Founder Moe Levy Reflects on Decades of Career Accomplishments

Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., as an only child, Moe Levy learned to become business savvy at an early age from his parents. Even more importantly, Levy says his parents instilled in him their people-oriented... More »

AWSummit’s Alexandru Gheorghe Has Eyes Set on Growth

The AWSummit has quickly made its mark and has become a top draw for chat hosts, studios and cam sites from all over the world. Founded by CEO Alexandru Gheorghe just two years ago, the cam-centric AW... More »

WIA Profile: Elle Sonson

Each month, industry news media organization XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of... More »
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