Articles by Michael Hayes


The Art of Promotion

Every once in a while you hear about a new porn movie in the most unexpected places. Media outlets like The New York Times, Newsweek, or even The Wall Street Journal, don't generally report on porn. And when they do, the news isn't usually all that favorable for the industry.

Michael Hayes ·

Sk8ing Through a Hot Niche

Producing content to fit the growing emo-twink and skater boy niches presents an immediate and rather obvious problem: once the performers dispense with the setup (if there even is one), there’s scant evidence that the content is in fact skater-specific.

Michael Hayes ·

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Google the phrase “herbal sex supplements” and you’ll likely come away with more questions than answers from the more than 500,000 results.

Michael Hayes ·

Amateur Content: The Real Reality?

Outside a nondescript strip mall, a busty blonde woman wearing too much makeup and not enough clothing waits, when all of a sudden…

Michael Hayes ·

Will Times Change?

Recently, XBIZ asked several industry leaders, "Will the industry always be in danger of governmental regulation/intervention, or will times change?"

Michael Hayes ·

China Tells Mobile Porn Purveyors to Stop or Face Jail

As part of China’s continuing crusade against adult content, authorities have announced that anyone caught sending porn via mobile device will be subject to fines and jail time.

Maleflixxx Launches Adam Male Theater

Gay video-on-demand provider Maleflixxx has partnered with Adam & Eve to launch, a custom-built theater featuring Adam Male content.

Tantus: ‘Make Dildos, Not War’

It wasn’t a hard choice for Tantus CEO Michael Smith, who announced that the adult novelty company had taken a political stand in favor of a sex-positive, liberal slogan to promote the wonders of silicone, the key ingredient for a number of its products, by trademarking the phrase: “Make Dildos, Not War.”

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Child Porn Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down a federal law that made sending computer messages offering child pornography a criminal offense even when no child pornography exists in the messages.

Vote on .XXX Expected Friday

A vote on the controversial proposed .XXX sTLD could come as early as Friday, according to several international news reports. Although ICANN officials have no vote planned for Friday on the Lisbon conference schedule, ICANN’s website shows a discussion of ICM Registry’s application on the agenda for Thursday.

ICANN to Review Domain Registrar Requirements

Responding to fallout from the recent collapse of RegisterFly, officials at ICANN said they plan to look into changing the accreditation criteria for domain registrars.

FSC Denied Injunction in Utah Child Protection Registry Case

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball has refused to issue a temporary injunction that would prohibit the Utah Child Protection Registry site from operating before his court can hear the case in full.

South Korea to Block Foreign Adult Sites

As part of its ongoing campaign against Internet pornography, the South Korean government has drawn up plans to block foreign websites that feature adult content.

Doc Johnson Launches New Vibe Line

Adult novelty manufacturer Doc Johnson has launched the White Heat Double Delights line of vibrators. Known simply as the White Heat collection, the vibrators are made from waterproof, phthalate-free materials. The vibrators feature two powerful vibrating bullets, with one bullet located on the tip and the other positioned to stimulate the clitoris.

Lethal Hardcore Launches Asian POV Line

With an eye toward catering to the popular Asian niche, gonzo studio Lethal Hardcore has launched its latest series, “Young Asian POV.”

Google Wins Search Rankings Case Again

For the second time, a federal judge has ruled in favor of Google and against the Norwalk, Conn.-based KinderStart, saying that the search engine giant has total autonomy in calculating its search rankings.

ICANN Moves Closer to Relaxing Whois Disclosure

An ICANN task force has endorsed a plan to increase privacy options for domain name registrants, which, if adopted, would change the Whois information disclosure requirement for those seeking to set up and operate websites.

Senate Moves to Retract Bush’s Authority Over Federal Prosecutors

An obscure portion of the Patriot Act that allows the attorney general to appoint U.S. attorneys without Senate confirmation has come under fire recently, with the Senate passing legislation that would restore the independence of federal prosecutors.

Acid Rain/Demolition Productions, XXX Content Direct Renew Contract

After a year of working together, gonzo studio Acid Rain/Demolition Productions has renewed its online licensing agreement with XXX Content Direct.

State Sen. Withdraws Porn Tax Bill Temporarily

A state senator who proposed a tax on pornography to help cut the sales tax on food has withdrawn his bill for now, saying that more research is required before the measure is put to a vote.

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