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Hot in 2008

Hot in 2008
With the hundreds, if not thousands, of girls joining the ranks of adult performers each year, picking the 10 stars to strike it big in 2008 is a daunting task, to be sure. The purpose of this list is to identify performers who XBIZ Premiere feels are poised for a breakout year. We chose not to incl... More »

Score One for Pointlessness

Score One for Pointlessness
A recent article on ABCNews.com about the ongoing series of ‘porn debates’ between adult performers and pastors from the anti-porn XXXChurch asks: “Is porn dangerous or harmless? Is it necessarily degrading to women, or could it be empowering?” What is curious to me is that debates about... More »

The Gas Crunch - Bad News or Good?

The Gas Crunch - Bad News or Good?
Higher Gas Prices Mean Less Spending, RIGHT? I’ve found that new research from The Nielsen Company finds that half (49 percent) of U.S. consumers are reducing their spending to compensate for rising gas prices, up four points from June 2007. Consumers are also battling high gas prices by c... More »

An Unauthorized Kumquat

An Unauthorized Kumquat
For more than a few years now, I’ve informally measured the pulse of the industry by the various things that I’ve seen at adult industry tradeshows – and I don’t mean the latest in affiliate programs, tools or technologies – but by the shenanigans that have often typified these gatherings.... More »

And the Retail Winner Is...

And the Retail Winner Is...
US Online Retail Recap Despite looming fears about the economy, online traffic to retail websites grew during the 2007 holiday season, Hitwise http://www.hitwise.com reports. The total market share of U.S. visits to the Hitwise Retail Index increased 17 percent between Thanksgiving and Christma... More »

Back to School

Back to School
I felt like I had come back home. The street bustled with students in UCLA sweatshirts, conversations of exams and groups of sorority girls planning their next soiree. Boys rolled past me on skateboards while teacher’s assistants rushed to class balancing a towering stack of books. Although ... More »

Your 'Alternative' Billing Self-Test

Your 'Alternative' Billing Self-Test
I have always considered true innovation to be at the forefront of industry advancement and at the heart of most beneficial decision making – on every level, really – innovation is an essential driving element in the process of improving every facet of each undertaking in which we engage. Everyo... More »

Super Bowl Ad Spend

 Super Bowl Ad Spend
Super Bowl Ad Spend Reaches $1.84 Billion as the escalating chatter surrounding Super Bowl XLII is not just about the teams competing for the 2008 championship. The TV commercials that will appear during the game are also the subject of growing anticipation and speculation. TNS Media Intelligence ha... More »

Learning to Let Go

Learning to Let Go
"Fuck all that, it's time to get onto these…" or so the rock 'n' roll song goes. Yes, I may be a Pink Floyd fan, but even if I wasn't, I couldn't have said it any better — but this month's column isn't about a song, it's about my life, my love and my work. Back in early August, I posted a blo... More »

Do You Really Bill the UK?

Do You Really Bill the UK?
www.webbilling.com, 2008/2009 Xbiz Awards Alternative Processing nominee and global leader in the provision of real European Direct Debit solutions has announced commencement of real direct debit billing for the UK for their client merchants. For over ten years Webbilling.com has focused on the use... More »

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

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 »

The Skinny on the New DMCA Requirement

The requirements under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) have changed, but the sky is not falling. We have, even as a law firm, been hit with an unbelievable amount of spam sent out by law firms... More »

2017 Outlook: Legal Matters Around the Corner

The adult entertainment business’ legal community recently weighed in the top issues that companies and the industry, as a whole, should be concerned about. XBIZ asked industry attorneys to discuss... More »
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