2012 in Review: Internet Censorship & the Acronyms We Love to Hate

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. With the new year upon us, two things become painfully apparent in concluding 2012 sans post-apocalyptic bedlam: 1) the Mayans seem to have preferred tequila breaks over finishing their calendaring duties, and 2) there are

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Baby Steps: In Brooke S.B. v. Elizabeth C.C. New York Highest Court Expands The Meaning of “Parenthood”; (but insists on a maximum of two)

By Thomas E. Joaquin, Esq. Being a parent used to be easy.  Not the job, of course — I doubt that’s ever been easy — I mean being a legal parent of a child, with all the responsibilities and rights

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Back to the Future – Hatch Calls for More Obscenity Prosecutions Just in Time for the Presidential Bids

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Gas up the DeLorean, because Orrin Hatch is taking us back to 1984.  “As the toxic waste of obscenity continues to spread and harm everyone it touches, it appears the Obama administration is giving up

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Byte-Sexual: Recognizing the Evolving Relationships with Our Electronic Devices

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Does the virtual assistant on your smartphone just “get you”? For many smart phone users, interacting with a natural speech-recognizing, intelligent, digital assistant – ever-present on their devices – has become a way of life.

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Caged Pussy Riot: Protecting the Peace or Putin’s Political Revenge?

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Between YouTube videos sparking Middle Eastern riots, and the Westboro Baptist Church continuing its ministry one hateful protest at a time, recent headlines have illustrated the unique place that Free Speech rights occupy in American

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Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act: A Law With Global Impacts

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Canada is home to many adult website operators, and a large consumer market. While developments in U.S. copyright law have been at the forefront of late, recent dramatic changes in Canadian copyright law are also

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Censorship by Money: Snuffing Out Adult Entertainment by Denial of Banking Services

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Adult film stars are reportedly having their bank accounts systematically closed by JP Morgan Chase bank, for no other reason than their connection with porn. According to industry publications and more directly, tweets from adult

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Close Up the Internet and Repeal the First Amendment – Election Season is Here

Blog post by Lawrence G. Walters You know elections are upon us when politicians start talking about wanting to “close up” the Internet, or censor Twitter and Facebook.  Throw in a couple terrorist attacks and you have the perfect storm

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Criminalizing Online Innovation: State Attorneys General Seek to Amend Section 230

by Guest Blogger: Kimberly A. Harchuck Deceptively invoking the ‘save the children’ mantra yet again, State AG’s are reigniting the battle against online escort advertising websites, this time calling on Congress to amend one of the Internet’s few statutory guardians: Section

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Dangerous Intersections

by Guest Blogger: Kimberly A. Harchuck Could a webcam model also be a paid escort and an active member of a “hookup” dating site?  Naturally, the answer is “yes,” but at what costs?  Blurring the lines between these adult-themed user categories

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DMCA Evolution: Forum Solicits Input on Possible Changes to Notice and Takedown Procedures

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) “notice and takedown” procedure and the attendant “safe harbor” protections afforded to service providers often spark controversy and debate. Originally designed as a way to balance the interests of

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Feminism or Fascism: Iceland’s Stunning Ban on Pornography May Be Spreading

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Iceland recently made headlines with the latest project on its allegedly progressive agenda: a nation-wide ban on pornography.  No stranger to proscribing activities related to commercializing sex, Iceland has already passed laws banning printed pornography,

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Florida Sheriff Continues ‘War on Porn’ and Sets Sights on Backpage

by Guest Blogger: Kimberly A. Harchuck Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is well known for his faith-based campaign against erotic entertainment.  His morality police strike again, this time with a promise to go after the world’s second largest classified ad website,

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Isaacs Obscenity Case & Life Without Miller

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. In a not-so-surprising, albeit disappointing, decision affecting the adult entertainment industry, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the obscenity conviction of fetish producer, Ira Isaacs. Isaacs was originally charged with violating federal obscenity

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Keeping Your Records Clean: Segregating 2257 Records under Federal Law

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Performer ID’s? Check. 2257 form? Check. Model release? Check. Throw them all into a file or load them into a database and your legal tail is covered, right? Unfortunately, XXX law is never that simple,

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Killing the Messenger: The Campaign Against Online Escort Advertising Sites

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Part I – Setting the Stage The recent guilty plea by Escorts.com has ignited interest in the legal issues surrounding the operation of an online escort site.  In this two-part blog post, the author will

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Killing the Messenger: The Campaign Against Online Escort Advertising Sites Part II – Operational Policies & Legal Issues

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. In Part I of the Killing the Messenger blog post, we addressed the latest headlines highlighting the plight of online escort directories, specifically including the story of Craigslist.org, Backpage.com, and Escorts.com.   We now turn to

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Mommy Porn & Social Media: Erotic and Mainstream Meet in the Middle

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Christian Grey. If you haven’t heard that name uttered dozens times over the last year, it’s safe to say that you may have been living under a rock. While certainly not a literary prose masterpiece,

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Private Censorship – Fighting Suppression of Speech by Non-Governmental Actors

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Government censorship in the Internet age has been a consistent focal point for free speech advocates.  Recent examples of censorship by the American government can be egregious, including the curtailment of First Amendment rights through

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She Was How Old? – The Current Dangers of Accidental Involvement of Minors in Erotic Imagery

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Protecting minors from involvement in adult entertainment is a common theme in politics and law. Each year we see numerous new bills introduced at the state and federal levels, creating stricter punishments for any form

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