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Understanding Europe's Payment Culture

Understanding Europe's Payment Culture
Online transactions are now an integral part of everyday European life. But while a few years ago everybody reasonably expected the rise of the Internet to bring European payment behavior closer in line with the U.S. or at least align across Europe, it remains as diverse as it ever was across the co... More »

Attempting to Make Sense of Alternative Payment Offerings

Attempting to Make Sense of Alternative Payment Offerings
The way we’ve paid for things has evolved over time. Life used to be simple; we’d barter. I’ll give you eggs and you give me corn. It was face to face and each party got something they needed. And while it might have been simple, it wasn’t very scalable. Then we looked for n... More »

Cooperation, Positivity Enables the Growth of the Pleasure Products Industry

Cooperation, Positivity Enables the Growth of the Pleasure Products Industry
The best part about growing older is the super swell things you learn about the world around you. A new fun fact that I just recently discovered is that people really don’t like to be told that they are wrong. They also love to point out when other people are wrong. I’m not one of those ... More »

Technology Breaks The Barrier For Payment Processors

Technology Breaks The Barrier For Payment Processors
XBIZ recently asked some of the top providers of European billing services for their view on the market, and the various advantages and disadvantages of being a U.S.-based operator serving an overseas audience in 2015 — a question transcending the billing space to encompass the entire online e... More »

Brand News: How to Lose a Company's Trademark

Brand News: How to Lose a Company's Trademark
Earlier this year, in a case of first impression before the Federal Circuit, the court directly addressed “whether the offering of a service, without the actual provision of a service, is sufficient to constitute use in commerce under Lanham Act § 45, 15 U.S.C. § 1127.” The cou... More »

Paysite Power: Making the Switch to a New Content Management Platform

Paysite Power: Making the Switch to a New Content Management Platform
I was recently asked by an industry pioneer and someone reviewed by many as a production legend to give my feedback on a new design in the works for modernizing of his heavily branded paysite. Everything seemed standard until I saw a comment on the designers’ client feedback portal and saw on... More »

Uplifting Sales by Creating a Positive Work Environment

Uplifting Sales by Creating a Positive Work Environment
The attitudes of your team members are a reflection of the attitudes of management. The ultimate goal in retail stores is to provide patrons with the most positive experience possible. Attitude starts at the top and has a trickle-down effect. Your bottom line is a direct result of your team’s ... More »

Keeping It Juicy: Beyond the Conventions

Keeping It Juicy: Beyond the Conventions
Our industry is one that enables an enormous amount of travel. It’s somewhat part of the genetics of adult that we find ourselves over and over again with friends in foreign lands. I remember flying to The Island Gathering just two years ago with my girlfriend (now fiance, after a successful... More »

Dispatch From the U.K.: Britain Aims to Take More Control of Web

Dispatch From the U.K.: Britain Aims to Take More Control of Web
A 15-year old cartoon shows Uncle Sam holding a box labeled, “Control of Internet Speech.” The “corporate media” asks “how would you like this wrapped?” The two wrapping options are “Anti-terrorism” and “Protect kids.” Porn and terrorism: b... More »

Law Between the Sheets: Tradeshow Etiquette Part II

Law Between the Sheets: Tradeshow Etiquette Part II
In March of 2014, I had the pleasure of writing an article for XBIZ titled “Tradeshow Etiquette.” That article can be found online or in the March 2014 print edition of XBIZ World magazine. I was flattered by the amount of positive feedback received from that article and I am equally fl... More »

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

Preventing Legal Problems Before They Start

Dentists typically recommend that a person’s teeth be cleaned every six months and that oral X-rays be taken at least once every year. Internists recommend that a person receive a physical examination... 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 »

Porn ‘Public Health Crisis’ Is False, Dangerous

We are witnessing the early stages of a moral panic, the likes of which we have not seen since the Reagan Administration. As I write this, there are 27 states in the process of passing mandatory porn... More »
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