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Guilt By Association

Guilt By Association
This Legal Update will not be the usual collection of interesting news stories and legal tidbits. The current prosecution of Extreme Associates and the industry’s response thereto is and must be the single most important issue for adult webmasters to consider presently. That issue therefore will... More »

Porn Today: Is It Worth It? Part 2

Porn Today: Is It Worth It? Part 2
In the first part of this two part series, I told you that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the online adult industry – where it’s been, where it is, and where it’s now headed – and an ongoing onslaught of legal perils is not the only hurdle aspiring Net porn mongers face these days... More »

Porn Today: Is It Worth It? Part 1

Porn Today: Is It Worth It? Part 1
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the online adult industry – where it’s been, where it is, and where it’s headed. The broad market trend, current events, and a few really insightful comments have left me wondering if it’s all worthwhile. If you’re just starting out in this ... More »

Is The Sky Falling? Part 2

Is The Sky Falling? Part 2
After a long and tedious few months of speculation, rumors and facts being presented to those of us in the adult industry working on AEN (formerly known as AVS) sites, it seems that VISA has put a strain on AEN companies to start re-working and renaming their sites to fall under the 'Adult Entertain... More »

AVS - Is The Sky Falling?

AVS - Is The Sky Falling?
With the recent announcement from several of the large AVS systems, including Free Age Card, Sex Key, and Gay Passport (plus speculation on and off the forums stating that Mass Pass was also aware of this happening) that they will no longer allow webmasters to use the terms “AVS, Adult Verificatio... More »

Why VISA/MC Drives Me Nuts!

Why VISA/MC Drives Me Nuts!
Tired of being manipulated, penalized, and discriminated against by the major credit card companies simply because you are an online merchant - and worse yet - in the porn business? Well, so is Doug, and if you’re like him, you’re shaking your head and wondering why… I think at this point t... More »

Library Filters: Another Perspective

Library Filters: Another Perspective
After reading my news article and opinions on the issue of filters in public libraries and the recent Supreme Court decision mandating their use, Doug from XYCash had quite a bit to say in response – and believing in equal time for dissenting opinions, I wanted to share them with you: [After re... More »

Filtering Out Public Porn

Filtering Out Public Porn
On Monday, The United States Supreme Court, in a non-unanimous ruling, declared that Congress may compel public libraries to install anti-pornography filters on their computers, stating that the use of filters does not violate the First Amendment rights of patrons, despite the fact that many legitim... More »

Forget "Bigger is Better" – "More is Better"

Forget "Bigger is Better" – "More is Better"
Most people recognize Adult Sites Against Child Pornography (ASACP) as the organization established in 1996 by Alec Helmy to help the adult site industry make a difference in the battle against child pornography. Over the years, ASACP has accepted and reviewed thousands of reports of suspected chil... More »

Santorum Uncorks the Privacy Genie

Santorum Uncorks the Privacy Genie
What is it about monogamous, heterosexual relationships that conservatives hate so much? What is it about “traditional family values” that makes a hardcore Capitalist suddenly want to clamp down on the free market, restrict consumer options, and engage in protectionist policies? What is it about... More »

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

Visa Cracks Down on ‘Shell’ Billing Firms

There was a time not so long ago when website operators created billing companies in favorable jurisdictions, whose sole purpose was to bill customers for services provided by the operator and remit the... More »

Randazza: Trump Victory, Big Prop 60 Win

On Tuesday afternoon, I boarded a transatlantic flight. Given all of the negativity in the 2016 presidential race, I was delighted that I would be absent for the results. I found both Donald Trump and... More »

Dissecting an $11.9M Affiliate Marketing Judgment

The Federal Trade Commission scored another major win in early October when the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling, requiring LeadClick Media LLC to pay an $11.9 million award. The... More »
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