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As the Adult Pendulum Swings

As the Adult Pendulum Swings
As I’ve watched the debate concerning David Cameron’s proposal for opt-out porn filters at the ISP level play out in the U.K., I can’t help but wonder if a similar idea might not eventually percolate up again from the bowels of U.S. Congress — perhaps even a bill that lacks s... More »

Snapshot of the Mobile Market

Snapshot of the Mobile Market
It has been about half a dozen years or so now since tech journal headlines proclaimed that mobile Internet access would surpass fixed Internet access “by 2014.” Now that this milestone year is upon us, XBIZ wanted to look at the latest available mobile penetration stats and to contempla... More »

Content vs. Traffic: New Take on the Age-old Debate

Content vs. Traffic: New Take on the Age-old Debate
Among adult website owners, it is the classic “chicken vs. egg” debate rehashed, where a discussion of which is more important — content or traffic — is perennially posed. While partisans play their roles in public responses (with content providers claiming that content is ki... More »

Core of Content Creativity

Core of Content Creativity
Although the topics of innovation and technology are often intermingled, they are not the same: one is more a matter of technique and presentation, while the other centers on the processes and tools. Within the adult entertainment industry (and among many mainstream observers) the business of bawdi... More »

Loss of Pinterest Trademark in the E.U. Holds Lessons for Adult Companies

Loss of Pinterest Trademark in the E.U. Holds Lessons for Adult Companies
Everyone has heard of Pinterest, right? Well who do you think owns the trademark to "Pinterest”? The answer depends upon which country you're in, and it might surprise you. An enterprising company, Premium Interest, that does appear not to do much yet, (except presumably register trademarks b... More »

Industry Outlook: Ask The Lawyers

Industry Outlook: Ask The Lawyers
LAWRENCE G. WALTERS The legal trends we will most likely see in 2014 will focus on the shift in adult entertainment from professional porn stars to webcam models, escorts and amateur models. Professional adult production is subject to a substantial level of legal evaluation, performer STI testing,... More »

Some Consolidation for Dating Sector

Some Consolidation for Dating Sector
Dating is already showing signs of an interesting year online in 2014. As the number and kind of niche specific dating sites continues to grow exponentially, within each niche there does appear to be some consolidation as categories becoming more clearly defined and the audience of each develops its... More »

Traffic Equation: It’s Just Arithmetic

Traffic Equation: It’s Just Arithmetic
Looking forward to 2014, traffic trends emerge from two central points of view, often with significant overlap among them. On the one hand there is a strong consensus that mobile will become increasingly dominant, in terms of raw numbers and in terms of conversion ratios when compared to traditional... More »

2257 Abuse

2257 Abuse
Title 18, U.S.C. Section 2257 (“2257”) has long been a thorn in the side of content producers and webmasters in the adult industry, but now, the controversial statute is being utilized in ways never intended by the drafters of the legislation.  Purportedly created as an ef... More »

Smooth Sailing for the Webcam Market

Smooth Sailing for the Webcam Market
Many who look at the webcam business think they have a good grasp on it and expect only small changes in the near future, but several insiders were willing to point out some significant new perspectives that are already taking shape and will likely flourish as 2014 moves along. “The webcam ma... 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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