FTC Investigation into Misuse of Online Profiles

Lawrence Walters Comments on FTC Investigation into Misuse of Online Profiles Xbiz.com asked adult entertainment industry attorney, Lawrence Walters, for his reaction to the FTC probe of jerk.com, relating to the company’s alleged misuse of online profiles scraped from other sites: Adult industry attorney Lawrence Walters of Walters Law Group said he wasn't surprised of the charges levied against Jerk.com's operators because he's noticed that the FTC is becoming much more active in pursuing deceptive trade practices claims against social-networking website operators. This Read more [...]

Keeping Your Records Clean -Segregating 2257 Records Under Federal Law

Keeping Your Records Clean -Segregating 2257 Records under Federal Law By: Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Walters Law Group             Model Release? Check! Performer ID’s? Check! 2257 form? 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, particularly when discussing compliance with the federal regulations applied to highly-regulated, sexually-explicit content. One of the most common mistakes our firm has seen over the years with section 2257 compliance is the inclusion Read more [...]

2257 Abuse Article by First Amendment Attorney Lawrence Walters

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 effort designed to prevent the proliferation of child pornography, 2257 has historically been used by the federal government as a tool to enforce producer compliance with its onerous record-keeping and labeling obligations designed to verify the age of models appearing in sexually-explicit imagery. Some records Read more [...]

Xbiz Taps Lawrence Walters for Comment on Massachussetts Upskirt Ruling

XBiz.com covered the recent Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that upskirt images and videos taken by Michael Robertson were legal and did not violate any law sine the persons are still fully clothed. Xbiz referred to adult industry attorney, Lawrence Walters, for comment, who said, "This decision dealt with a charge of ‘upskirting.’ Different states have passed a variety of differently-worded statutes to address this conduct, in recent years. The Massachusetts statute at issue here prohibited the filming of persons who were ‘nude’ or ‘partially nude. Immediately, Read more [...]

Upcoming panel apearance at the Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention

Laws, movements and acts – in this industry, these can have massive consequences on how your business operates. What impact does this have on you and what new laws should you be aware of and prepared for? Find out from the experts! On Feb. 27, 2014 at 2pm (Pacific) Lawrence G. Walters will be participating in the Politics of Porn panel along with Diane Duke, Don Parret, Greg Piccionelli, and Jerry Barnett. The panel will be moderated by Colin Rowntree and appears in conjunction with AEVC, the Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention. Don't miss out -- register now. Read more [...]

2014 Adult Industry Tradeshows/Seminars

Larry Walters @ XBIZ 360 Mix & Meet – Jan 23, 2014 from XBIZ on Vimeo. From XBIZ NEWS: "XBIZ 360 Digital Media Seminars: Day 1" "XBIZ’ panel of expert adult industry attorneys, advocates and piracy pursuers, including Larry Walters and Corey Silverstein, Greg Piccionelli, Gill Sperlein and Diane Duke, with Nate Glass as moderator, took on the most important issues facing the adult industry today and for the foreseeable future, includingEurope’s Internet censorship initiatives to the ongoing war against digital media piracy...." Full Article... Read more [...]

Witnessing Transformation: Performers into Producers

The beginning of a new year in the adult entertainment industry is always filled with excitement, trade shows, and hopes for success in the year ahead. Now is also the time when the industry tries to identify upcoming trends in production and distribution of erotic content. Fresh in the minds of many performers and producers are the battles over condom laws, and production moratoria resulting from STD outbreaks. This, combined with advances in technology and plummeting DVD sales, has encouraged many performers to explore alternative forms of erotic entertainment to fill the gaps Read more [...]

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

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 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  Section 230, arguably the most important law to date in terms of protecting online speech and innovation, provides immunity to certain online service providers against liability for their users’ content or publications.  If you’re getting a sense of déjà vu, it’s rightfully so.  Going all Read more [...]

Florida sheriff continues ‘war on porn’ and sets sights on backpage

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, Backpage.com.  The threats of prosecution come on the heels of a four day sting operation resulting in the arrest of almost 100 people, with charges ranging from offering to commit lewdness to aiding and abetting prostitution, deriving proceeds from prostitution, escape, traffic offenses, possession of illegal drugs, battery on a law enforcement officer Read more [...]