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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Makes Cyber Leap

Sep 23, 2004 1:30 PM PDT
Often criticized for its outdated procedures and questionable oversight of the patent application process, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made strides recently to move its system into the electronic age as part of its "21st Century Strategic Plan."
Former Screw Publisher’s Plea Motion Denied

Former Screw Publisher’s Plea Motion Denied

Sep 23, 2004 10:39 AM PDT
Former Screw magazine publisher Al Goldstein suffered a legal setback recently when a motion to vacate his guilty plea in a harassment case was denied. Goldstein pled guilty to three counts of aggravated harassment and one count of stalking last year while on more than a dozen medications.
IBill's Motion Against First Data Denied

IBill's Motion Against First Data Denied

Sep 22, 2004 2:33 PM PDT
As beleaguered payment processor iBill continues to process payments amid looming uncertainty, Judge Orin Kitzes of the New York State Unified Supreme Court issued a motion denying its request for a preliminary injunction against credit card processor First Data Merchant Services Corp.

Porn Mogul Sentenced to Federal Prison

Sep 20, 2004 10:16 AM PDT
The owner of 27 adult-oriented businesses was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison last week and ordered to forfeit $8.1 million in property after he pleaded guilty to racketeering, obscenity and fraud charges, according to a statement released by the Department of Justice.

Massive Child Porn Sting Rocks Switzerland

Sep 17, 2004 1:37 PM PDT
In what officials are calling one of the largest child porn raids since 2002, ten people have so far been arrested in Switzerland for their involvement with website operations that allegedly distributed child porn. The raid was the result of a coordinated effort by police officials in more than 120 countries.

FBI Seizes $87 Million in Fake Software

Sep 17, 2004 11:18 AM PDT
FBI agents seized close to $87 million in counterfeit software and fingered 11 people for conspiracy to distribute the pirated software, officials said Thursday.
Cal/OSHA Fines Adult Video Companies

Cal/OSHA Fines Adult Video Companies

Sep 17, 2004 10:57 AM PDT
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has issued steep fines against two porn companies for allegedly failing to protect three employees from health hazards on the film set of "Split That Booty 2," which starred Darren James, Jessica Dee and Lara Roxx.

Court Says Use of Metatags by Rival Unlikely to Confuse

Sep 16, 2004 10:36 AM PDT
In a case of interest to mainstream and adult webmasters, a federal court has ruled that a competing company doesn’t commit trademark infringement by using a rival’s trademarks in metatag coding of its website to alert potential customers searching for the availability of a rival’s goods.
Judge Says Mich. Porn Law Is Constitutional

Judge Says Mich. Porn Law Is Constitutional

Sep 14, 2004 8:49 AM PDT
A federal court ruled Monday that Michigan’s state law barring pornographic material to minors is constitutional. The law, known as 2003 Michigan Public Act 192, imposes criminal liability on those who “knowingly disseminate or distribute sexually explicit material that is harmful to minors.”
Acacia Files Lawsuits Against 19 Cable Companies

Acacia Files Lawsuits Against 19 Cable Companies

Sep 13, 2004 10:55 AM PDT
Acacia Technologies Group filed lawsuits against 19 small and medium cable companies for alleged infringement on its Digital Media Transmission patents.

PROFILES & BIOS

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

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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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