Stolen Moments – Addressing Webcam Show Piracy

Many webcam performers have experienced a new trend in online piracy – the illegal recording and publication of live webcam performances. The “business model” is disturbingly simple: sign up to purchase or view a live webcam performance on any number of webcam networks, use current screen capture technology to record the performance, then distribute the performances on numerous pirate websites hosted in some remote jurisdiction. Throw in a remote proxy server for good measure, and start generating traffic to a website populated with stolen performances. Offer a tease of the Read more [...]

Website reporting obligations under federal law

Introduction Adult website operators are typically familiar with the obligations imposed by Title 18 U.S.C. § 2257 (“Section 2257”) which mandates the compilation and maintenance of certain records relating to the production of sexually explicit content.  Less well known, but equally if not more important, are the reporting obligations imposed on certain website operators under 18 U.S.C. § 2258A.  This federal statute requires “electronic communication service providers” such as hosts, forums, dating sites, tube sites, and advertising networks, to report any apparent Read more [...]

Live Web Cam Best Practices

By: Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Walters Law Group www.FirstAmendment.com Introduction: As the live web cam business continues to surge in popularity, more attention will be focused on operators and performers by law enforcement and other government agencies. The best time to consider operational risks and develop best practices is before notification of an investigation or formal inquiry.  The following best practices are submitted for consideration by both performers and web cam site operators.  Some are legally mandated, and others are designed to mitigate legal exposure. For Read more [...]

Porn.com Recovered After ‘Hijack’ Attempt

Lawrence Walters assists in recovering hijacked, multi-million dollar porn[dot]com domain name, several days after the piracy was first noticed. The legal team included company attorney Corey Silverstein, Esq., and noteworthy domain attorney, Paul Keating, Esq. By utilizing all available tools Porn.com’s legal team was able to prevent the day-to-day business from being affected at Porn.com. As a result the consumer experience was not impacted in the slightest. Thanks to the countless individuals that offered assistance and support on GFY and elsewhere. AVN Theo 09:15 PM Read more [...]

Lawrence G. Walters to present Legal Workshop at Camming Con in Miami Beach

Lawrence G. Walters, founder of Walters Law Group FirstAmendment.com will deliver a practical legal presentation at the upcoming Camming Con, in Miami Beach, FL, on August 2, 2014, at 12 noon. Mr. Walters has focused on representing the interests of the live cam industry since its inception, and is thrilled to be invited to speak at this inaugural event:  “The live web cam industry deserves an event of its own, and I’m happy to help educate the attendees on the unique legal issues facing both the operators and the performers,” Walters said. Camming Con will occur at Read more [...]

censored by google: what’s next?

Google, a name most associated with the popular, gargantuan search engine, has been making its way into the headlines for a different and much more egregious reason: censorship across its platform of products.  The company recently made waves for prohibiting adult material on its advertising network, AdWords.  Now, it seems, Google has expanded its censorial policies and many are wondering just where the company will stop. Xbiz.com founder and editor, Alec Helmy, called out the search giant for its hypocritical behavior; echoing the concerns of many in the adult industry.  Read more [...]

byte-sexual: recognizing the evolving relationships with our electronic devices

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. It was impossible to imagine just a few years ago that we would become a society dependent on our bots, for everything from driving to a place we’ve never been to seeking out the latest movie reviews.  Perhaps predictably, some individuals prefer interacting with artificial intelligence over human beings.  Others have even developed ‘feelings’ Read more [...]

Walters Law Group to Conduct Legal Workshop for Camming and Dating Websites at Xbiz Summit in Miami

The law firm of Walters Law Group, through its founder, Lawrence G. Walters, and of counsel, Corey Silverstein, have been tapped to present a legal workshop focused on the issues facing live web cam and online dating sites, at the upcoming Xbiz Summit in Miami.  The attorneys will update Summit attendees on hot legal topics affecting these sites such as consumer protection complaints, lawsuits against online dating sites, 2257 compliance, Bitcoin payments, solicitation concerns, age verification, and other important issues.  As the online dating and camming business models have Read more [...]

Isaacs obscenity case & life without miller

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 statutes in 2007, after the distribution of several of his fetish films via U.S. mail. Isaacs’s 2008 trial was placed on hold and eventually resulted in a mistrial, amid judicial controversy. Judge Alex Kozinski, who presided over the obscenity prosecution, recused himself within days of commencing the trial, after Read more [...]