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Allie Haze to Discuss Role of Leia in Reddit AMA

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Allie Haze to Discuss Role of Leia in Reddit AMA

LOS ANGELES—Adult star Allie Haze takes to Reddit Tuesday afternoon to conduct an "I Am A: Ask Me Anything" session with fans during which she plans to discuss her potential return to the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars XXX sequel The Empire Strikes Back XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, which is currently seeking crowdfunding through Indiegogo.com.

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Haze's Reddit AMA is scheduled to take place today from 4 to 5 p.m. PST. Those interested in participating will find a link to the forum on her Twitter page, @AllieHaze, beginning at 4 p.m. PST/7 p.m. EST. View Haze's photo evidence required by Reddit here.

"This is my first Reddit AMA," Haze said. "I love the idea of doing an AMA to better connect with fans and anyone who is curious about the adult industry. It's also a great way to help promote our crowdfunding campaign for The Empire Strikes Back XXX, as every dollar helps get us closer to our goal of making the best porn movie ever. So join me and ask anything!"

Commented Braun, "Allie Haze was born to play Princess Leia ... or at least our much sexier version. Allie is an amazing actress and adult performer, who can offer some great insight into the porn industry, sex and the $500,000 parody we are trying to produce. I hope her fans log onto Reddit today and take advantage of the opportunity to ask her anything."

For more on the Indiegogo campaign for The Empire Strikes Back XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, click here

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Apr

International Lingerie Show Spruces Up Opening Fashion Show

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International Lingerie Show Spruces Up Opening Fashion Show

LAS VEGAS—For the first time in recent memory, International Lingerie Show organizers made some major changes to the opening-night fashion show, and the gamble looks to have paid off.

Rather than open seating and appetizers for attendees, buyers and exhibitors were treated Monday to a sit-down dinner and models wandering through the aisles and past tables to give everyone up close and personal looks at the latest fashions and trends.

While, in past years, Halloween costumes dominated the fashion show stage for the spring show, this year it was bridal sets of all types that took center stage.

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Adult distributor Eldorado led the way with a number of selections they offer to retailers nationwide. One model’s Classic Bachelorette outfit featured a satin and lace corset from Shirley of Hollywood caped off with a Sassigirl veil and a sash from OMG. The finishing touch was the Dicky Selfie Stick from Pipedream Products.

The distributor also had a model decked out in a Naughty Bachelorette ensemble, which was comprised of a Dreamgirl Microfiber Halter Dress, which is exclusive to Eldorado. Accessories for the outfit were the Little Genie Flashing Feather Boa, the Pipedream Products Flashing Pecker Veil and the Light-Up Diamond Shot Glass from Hott Products.

For all the bridal fashions, Eldorado managed to include husbands-to-be with the Relaxed Pant Style from Jack Adam, another Eldorado exclusive. The pants were paired with the Bachelor Party Groom Glasses from Forum Novelties.

While costumes were not as prevalent this year, there were still companies who presented models decked out in a number of superhero-themed garments during the show.

Chaza Fashions sponsored models with outfits that could easily make the transition from party to the bedroom. Included in the show were a Spider Woman ensemble that included a bright red knit suit that ties around the neck and decorated with sparkly spiders over the bra area and an attached blue bottom with red mesh leggings suspended by black sparkling spider webs. The company also features a sexy Freddie Krueger outfit with a red and black block striped long-sleeved top with matching boy short bottoms and a satin black and brown Freddie Kruger hat.

Highest Heel showcased a Wonder Woman costume from Delicious of NY’s “DC Comics” Ultra Deluxe Collection. The ensemble includes a fitted lame gown with a side slit, gauntlets and a tiara. 

Also heavily featured in the show was menswear, which represents a growing segment of the industry. Participants in the fashion show included Greg Homme, Andrew Christian and Cocksox, and items showcased ran the gamut from thongs to underwear briefs to butt-lifting jocks.

The International Lingerie Show continues through Wednesday at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Look for more coverage on AVN.com.

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Apr

Op-Ed: Tenn. 'Sex Week' Starts; 'Porn Hazard' Bill Looms

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Tenn. 'Sex Week' Starts; 'Porn Hazard' Bill Looms

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Wow! Has it been a year already since the University of Tennessee-Knoxville had its last Sex Week? Must be, because Sex Week 2016 started today, with kick-off events including such seminars as "Tinder Lovin' Care,"  "Drag Theory," "Famous Feminists," "Sexual Selections: Gender and Sexuality in Nature," "Sex Trivia and Pizza" (held at dinnertime, natch!) and for the later evening, "Let's Talk About Sex, UT."

Of course, if there's one thing many Tennessee politicians don't want, it's anyone talking about sex at UT!

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"The content is horrifically disturbing," State Rep. Kevin Brooks told reactionary right-wing activist Todd Starnes. "The fact that we are using state dollars and state classrooms on state campuses to promote UT Sex Week is unforgiveable."

And since "Sex Trivia and Pizza," among several other events, is "funded in part through the Student Programming Allocation Committee," State Rep. Micah Van Huss has figured out a way to fuck them (not literally, of course): cut off those funds!

"These are taxpayer dollars, taxpayer funds," Van Huss told Starnes. "Frankly, [Sex Week] doesn’t represent the values of my constituents and the majority of Tennesseans."

Yeah, education has never been a big draw among some segments of Tennessee's population—but the students themselves are jazzed (again, not literally) about it. Concepts being dealt with during Sex Week include openmindedness, inclusivity, interdisplinarity, sex positivity, growth and development and transparency. Some of the seminars offered during the week which reflect these concepts include "On My Own Terms: Abstinence and Virginity," "Religion and Sexuality," "FTM: Scouting the Unknown," "I Woke Up Like This: Body Image Workshop," "How To Drive a Vulva," "Butt Stuff" and "Straight Edge: Power and Pleasure."

"These events are critically important and were chosen based on an overwhelming number of requests from the UT student body, whose feedback we rely heavily upon in selecting our events," said one of Sex Week's organizers.

And although two of the seminars will be led by Sophia St. James, a former porn star who worked mostly for Trouble Films, there's a conspicuous lack of discussion of porn films, the lone exception perhaps being "Netflix and Chill: College Relationships Workshop."

Of course, that might be because, thanks to the tireless effort of our friends at Morality in Media the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the Tennessee legislature may soon copy Utah in passing Tennessee Senate Joint Resolution 705, headed, "A RESOLUTION to recognize pornography as a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms."

Although the proposed Tennessee bill tracks almost exactly the language of the bill signed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert late last month, there's a curious thing about the Tennessee bill: It apparently doesn't exist, even though MiM NCOSE touted it in its most recent email.

But have no fear; Tennessee's legislative website may simply be a few days behind the times in noting the existence of the Resolution—and if we know MiM NCOSE, it won't be long before the Resolution is introduced, if it hasn't been already... because after all, this is TENNESSEE we're talking about!

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Commentary: Tenn. 'Sex Week' Starts; 'Porn Hazard' Bill Looms

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Tenn. 'Sex Week' Starts; 'Porn Hazard' Bill Looms

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Wow! Has it been a year already since the University of Tennessee-Knoxville had its last Sex Week? Must be, because Sex Week 2016 started today, with kick-off events including such seminars as "Tinder Lovin' Care,"  "Drag Theory," "Famous Feminists," "Sexual Selections: Gender and Sexuality in Nature," "Sex Trivia and Pizza" (held at dinnertime, natch!) and for the later evening, "Let's Talk About Sex, UT."

Of course, if there's one thing many Tennessee politicians don't want, it's anyone talking about sex at UT!

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"The content is horrifically disturbing," State Rep. Kevin Brooks told reactionary right-wing activist Todd Starnes. "The fact that we are using state dollars and state classrooms on state campuses to promote UT Sex Week is unforgiveable."

And since "Sex Trivia and Pizza," among several other events, is "funded in part through the Student Programming Allocation Committee," State Rep. Micah Van Huss has figured out a way to fuck them (not literally, of course): cut off those funds!

"These are taxpayer dollars, taxpayer funds," Van Huss told Starnes. "Frankly, [Sex Week] doesn’t represent the values of my constituents and the majority of Tennesseans."

Yeah, education has never been a big draw among some segments of Tennessee's population—but the students themselves are jazzed (again, not literally) about it. Concepts being dealt with during Sex Week include openmindedness, inclusivity, interdisplinarity, sex positivity, growth and development and transparency. Some of the seminars offered during the week which reflect these concepts include "On My Own Terms: Abstinence and Virginity," "Religion and Sexuality," "FTM: Scouting the Unknown," "I Woke Up Like This: Body Image Workshop," "How To Drive a Vulva," "Butt Stuff" and "Straight Edge: Power and Pleasure."

"These events are critically important and were chosen based on an overwhelming number of requests from the UT student body, whose feedback we rely heavily upon in selecting our events," said one of Sex Week's organizers.

And although two of the seminars will be led by Sophia St. James, a former porn star who worked mostly for Trouble Films, there's a conspicuous lack of discussion of porn films, the lone exception perhaps being "Netflix and Chill: College Relationships Workshop."

Of course, that might be because, thanks to the tireless effort of our friends at Morality in Media the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the Tennessee legislature may soon copy Utah in passing Tennessee Senate Joint Resolution 705, headed, "A RESOLUTION to recognize pornography as a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms."

Although the proposed Tennessee bill tracks almost exactly the language of the bill signed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert late last month, there's a curious thing about the Tennessee bill: It apparently doesn't exist, even though MiM NCOSE touted it in its most recent email.

But have no fear; Tennessee's legislative website may simply be a few days behind the times in noting the existence of the Resolution—and if we know MiM NCOSE, it won't be long before the Resolution is introduced, if it hasn't been already... because after all, this is TENNESSEE we're talking about!

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Apr

Immoral Productions Produces 'My First Threesome'

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Immoral Productions Produces 'My First Threesome'

VAN NUYS, CA — A threesome can be a surprisingly stressful occasion if you're not clean on who does what and who. Fortunately for an assortment of porn newbies, Immoral Productions and Pure Play Media have taken matters into their metaphorical hands and released My First Threesome

Cover-model Cassidy Banks learns the joys of female ejaculation thanks to Ash Hollywood and Porno Dan. Multi-award winning Britney Amber shows Jessie Young how to take it take like a champ from Little Dynamite. Big-booty babe Cherry Morgan and Porno Dan instruct Iris Rose on how to squirt, deep-throat and much more. Kayla Green and Loran Minardi unite with a lucky guy, with newcomer Minardi has her first multiple-orgasms. In the finale, big-breasted Maggie Green teaches all-natural Alice Lighthouse the pleasures of taking it hard.

Immoral Productions director Billy Barbados stated, “We shot some truly awesome new girls in this movie!”

Banks declared, “I had the best time ever with Ash Hollywood and Dan. I can’t wait until the next time I am with a girl and a guy at the same time!”

For ordering, please contact Michael at Mike@pureplaymedia.com or at 954-903-3347 (x2224) or your Pure Play Media sales representative for further details. Michael stated, “Yes, another great idea from the guys who do group sex better than anyone, Immoral Productions."

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Apr

N.Y. Times Op-Ed: Don't Criminalize Teenage Sexters

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Don't Criminalize Teenage Sexters

NEW YORK CITY—According to a report to be issued this month by the religiously-oriented sociologists The Barna Group, titled "The Porn Phenomenon," most teens these days are sexting—61 percent of them, in fact, 51 percent of whom are girls—and 41 percent of teens have received an explicit text (sext), with 69 percent of that number being girls, with almost all of the sexts being exchanged between boyfriends and girlfriends. So perhaps it's not too much of a stretch to suggest that since the sexting is consensual between lovers (or would-be lovers), maybe the state shouldn't be prosecuting the senders and receivers?

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That's the theme of the op-ed titled "Teenage Sexting Is Not Child Porn," by Amy Adele Hasinoff, an assistant professor of communications at the University of Colorado, and published in today's New York Times.

The main problem, of course, as Hasinoff points out, is that while many of these teens can legally have sex with each other, which likely involves seeing at least one partner fully or partially nude, taking a photo or video of such person, either nude, partially nude or involved in an actual sex act, puts both the shooter and any recipient of the image/video afoul of the nation's child pornography laws.

"The University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center estimates that 7 percent of people arrested on suspicion of child pornography production in 2009 were teenagers who shared images with peers consensually," Hasinoff reports.

And while she notes that most prosecutors use their discretion in deciding whether to prosecute sexters as child pornographers, and some states either already have or are considering enacting laws which distinguish between sexts and child porn, as long as such consensual sexual image-sharing is recognized as any sort of infraction, more and more teens will find themselves with criminal records—and those, as the old cop TV shows used to say, "will follow them for the rest of their lives."

"These new laws may seem like a measured solution to the problem of charging teenage sexters with child pornography felonies," Hasinoff notes. "However, once they have the option of lesser penalties, prosecutors are more likely to press charges—not only against teenagers who distribute private images without permission, but also against those who sext consensually."

And what about non-consensual sexting? Hasinoff recognizes that some teens have been pushed (if not actually coerced) into posing for the sexts, and though only a small percentage of sexts—Hasinoff estimates about three percent—wind up being distributed among the sexter's friends and schoolmates (though some go much further) or used as "revenge porn," under the current legal system, they're much more difficult to stop. That's because once a sext has been reported, either to school authorities or the police, the person whose image appears in the sext may be in as much legal trouble as the person who took the shot and/or distributed it. And sometimes, as is the case with selfies, those are one in the same person.

So what's the solution? "What parents and educators need to do instead is help young people learn how to navigate sexual risk and trust," Hasinoff prescribes. "Whether or not it is criminalized, we cannot prevent sexting, just as we cannot prevent teenagers from having sex. What we need to focus on is preventing acts of sexual violation, like the distribution of a private image without permission, pressuring a partner to sext or sending a sexual image to an unwilling recipient," adding later, "the first step is to decriminalize consensual sexting by creating exceptions in child pornography laws for teenagers who are close in age."

The benefits of that plan should be obvious—but then again, sadly, there seems no shortage of ignorant politicians willing to run for office on the platform that the more kids we put in jail for sexted "child porn," the better off the country will be.

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Apr

Ersties.com Offers Female-Friendly Porn with New 'Reality' Content

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Posted Apr 04th, 2016 01:30 PM

BERLIN, GermanyErsties.com, the German amateur erotica content site created by and for women, continues trending towards the mainstream with a new collection of scenes that shine a spotlight on real people placed in real first-time sexual situations.

The company, which gained viral fame last year with its "Tinder Sex Experiment"—two strangers meet on Tinder, then have sex on camera—helped usher in a new wave of "reality porn" where viewers build a relationship with the performers on-screen to better experience the raw energy of their scenes.

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"We at Ersties love porn, and we strive to let our performers present themselves as subjects, not objects," said Paulita Pappel of Ersties.com. “With the rise of pornography in popular culture, the artistic value has decreased while sexual practices and bodies have became extremely artificial."

Ersties' erotic scenes are often playful—two girls unwrap sex toy gifts in "Sexy Surprise Christmas"—but also informative: "Let's Talk About Sex #1" explores the female orgasm while "Let's Talk About Sex #2" gets busy with different sex positions.

Ersties is one of the latest sites to feature the concept of everyday people having sex on camera for the first time in beautiful European locations, a fresh contrast to the glossed-up, bleached and siliconed porn stars of adult films.

"Our all-female shooting team tends to show women's sexuality in a more natural way," Pappel explained. "We are proud to present women who don't look like clichés; we create a genuine and authentic experience for the viewer, as the performers in our movies do what they want to do... no scripts, no faked orgasms, just fun."

The company was recently profiled by Melia Robinson for Tech Insider. 

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Apr

LA Weekly Tours Doc Johnson Pleasure Products Factory

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LA Weekly Tours Doc Johnson Pleasure Products Factory

Posted Apr 04th, 2016 11:24 AM

N. HOLLYWOOD, Calif.Doc Johnson was recently profiled for an in-depth photo essay in LA Weekly entitled “Dildos and Butt Plugs, Made in L.A.: Local Sex Toy Empire Doc Johnson Turns 40.”

LA Weekly also ran a companion piece today: a full-length article called “A Sex-Toy Empire is Thriving in North Hollywood” that dives deeper into the company’s legacy, offering readers a closer look at what it takes to run the largest sex toy manufacturing company in America. Both stories are now running on LAWeekly.com.

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Conceived and written by award-winning journalist Gustavo Turner, both the photo essay and the article showcase some of the day-to-day operations of Doc Johnson’s North Hollywood campus, describing how the company is “bringing sex toys into the current era of slick, smooth, Apple-inspired dildos, dongs, plugs, vibrators and even more exotic forms (like the soon-to-be-launched 'Tryst').”

“It’s exciting to receive coverage from a publication as visible and influential as LA Weekly," said Doc Johnson’s COO and Creative Director Chad Braverman. “Doc Johnson and LA Weekly are both Los Angeles-area institutions that began around the same time, and even though we do very different jobs, there’s common ground in the commitments we’ve made to the community and to local workers. It was fantastic to be recognized as a company that has kept most manufacturing in-house and created jobs in the U.S. since 1976, unlike a lot of others that only began exploring betterpractices a few years ago when labor outsourcing became a hot-button issue.”

Currently, Doc Johnson employs a staff of 500 team members at the company’s 215,000 square foot campus in North Hollywood, with plans to continue expansion through the end of 2016 and beyond. This year marks the company’s 40th anniversary of operations—a significant milestone that not only represents four decades of exceptional service and unprecedented growth but also provides a starting point for exciting new opportunities in the coming years.

“As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we’re very grateful for the opportunity to share a piece of our history and a bit about our vision for the future,” said Braverman. “Innovation has always been at the core of our strategy, and we’re more committed than ever to raising the bar in all facets of what we do.”

View the photo essay here and the full-length feature here.

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Apr

A Bigger & Better Nexus Is Back In The USA

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A Bigger & Better Nexus Is Back In The USA

Posted Apr 04th, 2016 10:40 AM

LONDON, UK—After five years, Nexus, the UK adult toy brand, is back in the USA with its entire range for men and women.

On May 15, the legal agreement prohibiting the sale of particular items in the USA comes to an end, meaning retailers will be able to get their hands on all Nexus products from distributors across the country.

“We are really excited to be back in full force,” said Monique Carty, Nexus Director. “Even with the five-year hiatus, our brand has remained strong in the USA and we are still contacted daily from customers across all channels about selling the prohibited items.”

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In the last five years a lot has changed for Nexus, from new products (now including women’s) to a whole new team, whilst the last two years has seen it build its foundations and put its US distribution network in place, ready for the relaunch this year. 

“In the last five years we have learned a lot as a brand,” added Monique.  “With a larger range and a new team with a wealth of experience, we are in a great place to fully re-enter the US market.”

Highlights of the relaunch include the entire range of the best-selling, award-winning  Revo rotating prostate massagers and the new and improved packaging and pricing of the hard prostate massagers. 

To check out the entire range, customers can visit nexusrange.com

For further information, telephone +44-(0)-20-7260-2912 and/or email monique@nexusrange.com.

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Apr

Katrina Jade Wins 'Empire' Fan Contest

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Katrina Jade Wins 'Empire' Fan Contest

LOS ANGELES—Director Axel Braun announced Monday that 2016 AVN Best New Starlet nominee Katrina Jade came out the winner of the online casting contest for fans to choose the star they'd most like to see in proposed epic The Empire Strikes Back XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, currently seeking crowdfunding through Indiegogo.com.

The contest was launched two weeks ago, and gave adult stars the chance to rally their fans through social media to vote in their favor with a $5 donation to the project. Jade, who boasts 242,000 Twitter followers, claimed the highest response, while Sasha Heart took second place with an honorable mention for the sexy campaign videos she created.

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"I'm very happy to have Katrina on board," Braun said. "She's been in several of my movies, and she's a terrific actress and performer, with a delightful attitude and true superstar potential, and she's a fantastic addition to our stellar cast."

Jade was recently featured on the cover of anthology release Axel Braun's Inked from Wicked Pictures.

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Apr

Eldorado Shares Expertise at ILS

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Eldorado Shares Expertise at ILS

Posted Apr 04th, 2016 06:30 AM

LAS VEGAS—Eldorado Trading Company is in Las Vegas this week for the International Lingerie Show, held April 4-6 at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

In addition to exhibiting pleasure products from the top U.S. and international manufacturers and a huge selection of new lingerie styles, the adult distributor is offering educational seminars and a chance to speak with sexual wellness professionals from the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (CSPH).

The following talks are scheduled:

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How to Become a Sexual Health Resource in Your Community
Speech by CSPH Executive Director Kira Manser, April 5, 2–3 p.m.

According to the World Health Organization, sexual health is not just the absence of disease or dysfunction, but also includes the potential for pleasure. Learn how pleasure-focused organizations can become a trusted sexual health resource for adults in their communities. Join the sex-positive revolution that is changing the way people think, talk and behave as sexually healthy adults. Support consumers in prioritizing sexuality as an important part of their overall health and happiness. Connect them to important information and resources they can use to make informed choices about their sexual adventures.

Manser is a clinician, educator and program manager with expertise in gender and sexual diversity, sexual pleasure, disability advocacy and social justice. She is a licensed social worker with a master’s in education in human sexuality. Manser is working to complete a doctorate in human sexuality and has worked as a sex educator for over a decade.

Manser and Erin Basler-Francis, also from CSPH, will be at the Eldorado booth to talk to attendees. Eldorado is at Booth #347-550.

The Importance of Having an Online Presence for Your Store
Speech by Larry Garland, founder and CEO of Eldorado Trading Company, April 6, 10–11 a.m.

In today’s digital world, retailers would be hard pressed not to find customers online. In fact, according to Google, 97 percent of consumers use the Internet to search for local businesses. Having a strong online presence is crucial to building your brand and gaining credibility to attract more customers. The benefits are numerous including brand building, reaching a greater audience and giving your customers easier accessibility to your products. With surprisingly little investment, creating an online presence can really affect your bottom line in a positive way.

Larry Garland founded Eldorado in 1974 and has led the company to become one of the top international distributors of sexual wellness products and lingerie. As a dynamic player in the industry, Garland stays abreast of the current trends and forces that drive the market. He is a past president and current vice president of the Free Speech Coalition. He has received numerous awards for his achievements in the industry including induction to the AVN Hall of Fame.

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Now What? The Legal Ramifications of Justice Scalia’s Death

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Now What? The Legal Ramifications of Justice Scalia’s Death

This article originally ran in the April 2016 issue of AVN. To see the online edition, click here.

With the country more sharply divided than at any time since at least the 1960s, the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia is likely to set off the most contentious face-off in decades. Within hours of news of his death, Republicans vowed to block any nominee that President Obama might put forth; in turn, President Obama promised to fulfill his constitutional duty to promptly nominate a successor—which he did at press time, naming Merrick Garland. Now it falls to the Senate to fulfill its duty to vote on the nominee.

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The Republicans currently hold a 54-46 majority in the Senate (technically 54-44-2 with the two independents caucusing with the Democrats). That, of course, means that they are capable of knocking down any nominee if they stay in lock-step, which has certainly been the case lately. Perhaps more significant is that the Republicans have a majority on every committee, including the one that schedules hearings and votes. As a result, they could block even a confirmation hearing on a nominee.

Now, might any Republicans jump ship and agree to have a hearing and approve an Obama nominee? That seems unlikely, given the chasm between the parties.

Whatever president wins the election is not likely to bring forth a nomination on his or her first day in office. Rather, even if it is the same party, transitions take time. There is a transition team that goes to work immediately after the election, but it takes a while to implement all of that. Although the sitting president leaves office and the new president takes office at exactly noon on January 20—and the respective staffs do a remarkable job of shuffling things around so that the outgoing president can wake up in the residence and the incoming president can go to bed there that evening—quite a bit must transpire before getting around to judicial appointments.

Justice Scalia died on February 13, 2016; so President Obama had 342 days left in his term upon his death. Add another six months to get a nomination, hearing and vote, so you are talking about 500 or so days before we get a full Court!

That would be a modern record. In modern times, the longest Supreme Court confirmation process from nomination to resolution was Brandeis, at 125 days in 1916. More recently, Justice Kagan’s nomination came 31 days after the seat became vacant; Justice Sotomayor’s, 25 days. Apparently, the record occurred after Justice Henry Baldwin died in office on April 21, 1844. He wasn’t replaced for more than two years, partly because of partisan gridlock.

The balance of the Court will be interesting in light of Justice Scalia’s death. On issues near and dear to readers of this column, the typical split has been 4-4-1. Four typically would side with arguments that would benefit the adult industry in such matters as free speech (Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan); four typically would oppose (Chief Justice Roberts, along with Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito); and Justice Kennedy would provide the swing vote.

Now, with Justice Scalia out of the picture, consider this: If in one of these close cases the justices vote as predicted, that’s four in favor, three against and Justice Kennedy leaving free speech supporters waiting with bated breath. If Justice Kennedy votes favorably, then the free speech side wins, 5-3 rather than 5-4. If he votes unfavorably, rather than a 5-4 loss, it is a 4-4 deadlock. What happens then is that the lower court’s decision is affirmed by an equally divided court.

The last thing is a little complex. Where a case is affirmed by an equally divided court, it is not precedential. The court simply says, “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.” The import of that is to leave standing the lower court’s decision. So, the vacancy created by Justice Scalia’s death will have the practical effect that if a decision that benefits the adult industry was on the way to a 5-4 victory, it will still prevail, but 5-3. However, if it was on the way to a 5-4 loss, the new makeup will result in a 4-4 “no decision”—just as if it never happened.

Two things are clear. A Democrat will appoint a justice with an eye to overruling Citizens United, the 5-4 decision allowing essentially unlimited campaign spending. A Republican will appoint a justice with an eye to overruling Roe v. Wade.

Courts supposedly have great regard for precedent, overruling prior decisions only in the most extreme situations. For example, the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, prohibiting segregation of schools, overruled the 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, holding that separate but equal was just fine. The Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision, striking down criminalizing homosexual sex between consenting adults, overruled the Court’s 1986 decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, holding the precise opposite by upholding those laws. However, both Brown and Lawrence were decided against a background of radically changed social norms. The public’s attitude about segregation dramatically changed during the five decades between Plessy and Brown; as did society’s attitude—dramatically—about gay relationship in the nearly two decades between Bowers and Lawrence.

However, Roe v. Wade and Citizens United present perhaps the most politically contentious issues in modern times.

If the Republicans get what they want, they may wish that they hadn’t asked. A third of the current Senate were elected in the 2010 Republican landslide. In off-year elections—years when there is no presidential election—Republicans do better. In presidential years, Democrats do better down-ticket. Also, of the 34 Senate seats that are up for election, 24 now are occupied by Republicans; only 10 are occupied by Democrats. The Senate definitely is in play; and so is the White House. A Democratic White House with a Democratic Senate would mean that the Democrats could pretty much call the shots as to the Supreme Court.

If President Obama sends a nomination to the Senate that has any chance of passing, it will need to be a moderate. If President Clinton or Sanders sends a nomination to a Democratic Senate, figure on another Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Interesting times!

Clyde DeWitt is a Las Vegas and Los Angeles attorney, whose practice has been focused on adult entertainment since 1980. He can be reached at ClydeDeWitt@earthlink.net. More information can be found at ClydeDeWitt.com. This column is not a substitute for personal legal advice. Rather, it is to alert readers to legal issues warranting advice from your personal attorney.

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Amber Rayne Passes Away

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Amber Rayne Passes Away

LOS ANGELES—AVN has confirmed that adult performer Amber Rayne, an industry veteran of more than 10 years, has died.

Sources close to Rayne told AVN that she passed away peacefully in her sleep at home either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, though the exact cause of death will not be known until autopsy reports are completed at the end of next week. She was 31.

Rayne entered the industry in 2005, and racked up close to 500 credits over the course of her career. She was known for both her wild, no-holds-barred sexual performances and her commanding acting chops. In fact, the Detroit native had a background in professional acting before turning to adult, and those skills paid off, earning her immense acclaim and multiple AVN Award nominations, most notably for her supporting roles in 2009's The 8th Day from Adam & Eve Pictures and 2015's Wanted from Adam & Eve and Wicked Pictures. Also in 2009, she was was crowned AVN's Unsung Starlet of the Year.

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Wanted director Stormy Daniels, who was one of Rayne's dearest industry comrades, told AVN, "She was a really good friend, and one of the best actresses and performers that I've ever had the pleasure to work with, and I'm just glad that I had the opportunity to work with her and call her a friend."

Daniels added that she will be handling the care of the beloved horse Rayne left behind.

Described as kind, funny and genuine by all who knew her, Rayne's passing sent shockwaves through the industry Sunday. A continuing flood of devastated comments from industry heavyweights has appeared on Twitter, including the following:

Wood Rocket (@Wood_Rocket): "Our hearts are broken. Our friend Amber Rayne passed away. She was one of the sweetest people our industry & the world has ever seen."

Christian XXX (@ChristianXXX1): "RIP @Amber_Raynexxx - I knew you for a long time. This is truly a sad day."

Nicki Hunter (@NickiHunter): "My heart is breaking. Just found out that @Amber_Raynexxx has just passed away. May God hold you close now with your angel wings."

Ryan Driller (@RyanDriller): "Completely heartbroken to hear @Amber_Raynexxx passed away. She was a sweetheart and friend, through and through."

Kayden Kross (@Kayden_Kross): "Sad to hear about Amber Rayne passing. She always had a positive attitude and was a credit to our industry."

MimeFreak (@MimeFreak): "You were kind, generous and pure. I will miss your smile. [Your] huge laugh will always be in my heart. [You're] at peace now."

Phoenix Marie (@PMarizzle): "I'm speechless at the thought that @Amber_Raynexxx has [passed]... She's always been an idol of mine... Fun-Loving, Happy, Beautiful..."

David Lord (@DavidLordxxx): "It's a sad day when I must say goodbye to a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love ya kiddo!"

Dee Severe (@SevereSociety): "Heartbroken to hear @Amber_Raynexxx died, she was amazing, a friend n 1 of my favorite ppl 2 work with."

Jonni Darkko (@JonniDarkko): "[News] of Amber Rayne has me destroyed. One of the nicest and sweetest people I have ever met. Very sad day"

Prince Yahshua (@PrinceYahshua): "My heart is bleeding & my soul is crushed. There will never be another u, never! @Amber_Raynexxx enjoy heaven as we all enjoyed u on earth"

Tim Woodman (@ProVillain): "Amber Rayne was one of the BEST people I knew, in or out of the industry. I'm beyond devastated I'm fucking shattered"

Ashley Fires (@AshelyFires): "@Amber_Raynexxx will be missed. As an authentic human being. As a friend. My hear goes to her family and her horse."

Veronica Rodriguez (@LilveronicaR): "@Amber_Raynexxx was an amazing girl with a heart of gold she helped me so much in the past I just appreciated her so much"

Rayne recently appeared on both the "Porn Director Podcast" and JacktheZipper's "Faster Babylon." Hear those interviews at the following links:

Porn Director Podcast

Faster Babylon Podcast (Episode 7 The AVN Awards Pt 1)

Photo of Amber Rayne from Wanted release party by Gordon/EMMreport.com 

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FSC Weighs In on Day 3 of The Phoenix Forum

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FSC Weighs In on Day 3 of The Phoenix Forum

TEMPE, Ariz.—Eric Paul Leue made the most of his platform at The Phoenix Forum, summarizing the direction of the Free Speech Coalition in no uncertain terms.   

“As an industry I want us to play offense, not defense,” Leue said Saturday during a seminar titled “2016: Make or Break of the Adult Industry” at the Tempe Mission Palms.

Wearing a white shirt and black tie on a warm afternoon in the desert, the new FSC executive director gave an overview of several pressing matters facing the adult industry as the three-day conference neared its conclusion.

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“We want to be directing the wave rather than being crushed by it,” added Leue, who took the reins of the FSC on Feb. 1.  

He was joined on the panel by attorneys Karen Tynan and Corey Silverstein, who along with Leue conveyed their passion about helping the adult industry overcome its ongoing challenges through diligent activism.

Among those challenges are various health policy issues, data privacy concerns and censorship battles. 

Leue noted that FSC recently joined the National Coalition Against Censorship and is now one of 56 organizations representing the artistic, educational, religious and labor communities that all share the same interest of protecting First Amendment rights.

The former director of sexual health and advocacy for Kink.com stepped into the job previously held by Diane Duke on Feb. 1, but he was far from a newbie on the lobbying scene. Leue had been a fixture at Cal-OSHA hearings, legislative events, rallies and producer meetings during the past two years, working closely with Duke, whom he lauded for her service. 

The Detroit-based Silverstein noted that FSC, the non-profit industry trade group in its 25th year, has “withstood the test of time.”

He urged audience members and everyone in the industry to become members of the FSC—annual dues are tax deductible as a “business expense”—and to get involved.

Silverstein called Tynan “an employment law warrior” who does a lot of pro bono work for FSC in the areas of regulatory compliance. She estimated 60-70 percent of her work is adult-oriented, while she also has clients in the construction and winery industries.  

The panel brought up the importance of preparing for potential visits from Cal-OSHA inspectors looking for areas of non-compliance.

“It’s a bad idea to ignore Cal-OSHA. It’s a bad idea to give Cal-OSHA the finger,” Tynan said, suggesting producers retain an attorney and keep a letter from that attorney easily accessible should a visit ever come about. “Be prepared. Be nice…”

“If you get a call from Cal-OSHA let us know,” Leue added. “Let us help. Let us guide you through the process.”

On Feb. 18, Leue led an adult industry contingent to Oakland, Calif., where the state’s Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board voted against proposed new rules for adult film production. The proposed regulation known as § 5193.1 would have mandated condom use in sex scenes as well as barrier protection such as goggles and dental dams to protect against potential infection, which could have been devastating to the future of adult productions in California.

The vote marked a huge victory for adult in a six-year fight, but doesn’t mean it will never come up again. Tynan likened the breakthrough to “kicking the can down the road.”

Meanwhile, Silverstein pointed to the “privacy policies” on websites being a target for the Federal Trade Commission.

“If you misrepresent things in your privacy policies they can be criminal offenses,” Silverstein said.

The panel also discussed FSC’s announcement Friday that it is forming several industry sector-specific committees to monitor, address and recommend action on multiple issues, including retail zoning laws, lubricant manufacture, piracy, counterfeit products, and adult film regulation. 

The day started with a presentation by Joey Gabra, the managing director of Affil4you, and the CEO Laurent Baquiast, about their new optimization tool, Khepri. 

“We decided some time ago that we needed a better way to optimize, a better way to A/B test and we took it upon ourself to get out there to see what options we had,” Gabra explained. “We needed something that was a bit more state-of-the-art in terms of algorithms and used with tools that are on the market today, those algorithms were not state-of-the-art. 

“We consider ourselves more of a performance network and that relies on so many different variables of performance that were beyond the capabilities of the majority of the programs and tools that are out there today. So with Khepri, we fixed it.”

Designed by Baquiast to help companies “make better decisions with data,” Khepri originally was meant for in-house use but the company decided to share it with the world. Gabra said he’d even arrange for companies to try out Khepri at no charge.

“It can apply to every single company here, every business. We encourage everyone to try it, challenge it,” Gabra said. 

But the last day was mostly about leisure and social activities, such as Beer Pong by the Pool and a Wet Underwear Contest hosted by Flirt4Free and Mr. Skin/Mr. Man; the return of JuicyDodgeBall, which featured all-girl teams repping JuicyAds and Affil4you squaring off in a friendly game that involved public nudity; and the closing party, "Casino Secrets," presented by ImLive and CCBill. 

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Industry Leaders Discuss Keys to Success at Phoenix Forum

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Industry Leaders Discuss Keys to Success at Phoenix Forum

TEMPE, Ariz.—Sean Christian says physical fitness is something that can’t be discounted when it comes to building a healthy company culture. 

The Sacramento native returned home to launch Revolution Force last year and is now leading a team of 10 affiliate marketing veterans who have all gotten behind his progressive approach to management.

“We are a no-drive shop,” Christian said Friday in front of a packed seminar room at the Tempe Mission Palms. “Everyone either walks or rides their bicycle to work. And three times a week we all walk to the park and eat lunch in the park like a bunch of hippies.”

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Christian made strong remarks on Day 2 of The Phoenix Forum during the entertaining panel titled “7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders,” which was inspired by the bestselling self-help book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey.

The panel featured a diverse group of web-tech executives including Brad Mitchell (MojoHost), Michael Reul (TrafficPartner), Shay Efron (ImLive), Mia Hyun (Mobius Payments), Alec Helmy (XBIZ) and Ron Cadwell, the founder of CCBill, the host of The Phoenix Forum. Jay Kopita of YNOT moderated the session that highlighted a full day of education and networking just a few blocks away from the sprawling campus of Arizona State University.

The wisdom from the panel came early and often and Christian wasn’t the only boss to share a thoughtful revelation.

Brad Mitchell recalled that about seven years ago MojoHost saw “a turning point” when he decided to join the Entrepreneurs Organization, a global non-profit that helps leading entrepreneurs grow through peer-to-peer learning.

“It was a sounding board,” Mitchell said, noting his group of fellow business owners met confidentially once a month. “I got to the point where I couldn’t work any harder; I needed to work smarter.” 

Revolution Force’s Christian can relate; the former executive VP of AdultFriendFinder and co-founder of Cams.com has visited “a business coach” once a week for the past eight years.

“Like a business therapist,” Christian revealed.

Mitchell said that early on he decided to set a higher price and handle a lower volume of clients.

“Because we wanted to provide a higher level of service,” said the Detroit-based Mitchell, whose 16-year-old company is now recognized as an industry leader. “You can’t be everything to everybody.”

Shay Efron said it’s important to know “A to Z by heart” everything about your own company first and foremost, adding “I’ve never made a good deal with someone I don’t know.” 

“It’s about personal relationships,” said Efron, the VP of ImLive and PussyCash. “It takes time.”

Meanwhile, TrafficPartner co-owner Michael Reul assured, “You don’t have to screw people to be successful.”

CCBill’s Ron Cadwell, who is in his 21st year in business and his 16th year conducting The Phoenix Forum, told the audience, “You can only do so much in a day. You can work your 16-hour days, but at a certain point you need to hire that next person. Don’t be afraid to hire that next person.

“Whether you’re going from one employee to two, or 400 to 450, realize these other people can help you grow. We have 500 employees and I just approved two new people today.” 

The day started with an informative discussion moderated by ASACP Executive Director Tim Henning about “Regulatory Changes” affecting the industry.

The well-versed panel included Stephen Winyard (ICM Registry), Peter Phinney (Porn Guardian), Eric Paul Leue (Free Speech Coalition), Cathy Beardsley (SegPay), Raja Roy-Choudhury (Chargeback Help) and seasoned attorney Corey Silverstein.

Noting there are “5.5 to 6 million sites that hold adult content,” Winyard warned the looming topic of age verification in the U.K. continues to be “one of the most highly complicated regulations to ever hit the industry.” 

“The pressure is as high as it’s ever been,” Winyard said, noting that if the regs are approved they could potentially be “very draconian.” “Watch this space. Many other countries in the world are watching to see what happens.”

Peter Phinney, who along with his partner Dominic Ford battles content piracy for about 400 clients, the majority of which are gay, noted, “we’ve found that 80 percent of adult content that is stumbled onto [by underage users] is actually stolen.”

He said some pirates are pulling six-figure incomes by stealing content and that producers should make it a routine to copyright their finished title before it’s released; the cost to do it is $55 and could end up netting you tens of thousands in the event of a lawsuit.

“You should build that into your production scheme,” Phinney said. “I encourage you to.”

Nowadays, if original, or “work-for-hire” music is playing during the intro to a movie or the B-roll footage, that can be grounds for a copyright infringement suit if your movie ends up on a tube site without your permission. Rights holders could sue for performance royalties, statutory damages and legal fees, Phinney said.

“Hire someone who can come at this in a logical and linear way rather than from a point of anger,” Phinney urged.

SegPay’s Cathy Beardsley added, “Visa and Mastercard will act upon something that is copyrighted.” 

The FSC’s Eric Paul Leue pointed out the government doesn’t necessarily want to deal with regulating the adult industry.

“That’s why self regulation is key,” Leue said. “And that’s why working together and standing united is incredibly important.”

Leue also spoke of reducing “the divide between public perception and industry reality.”

He said the mandatory condom fight in California—there is a measure on the November election ballot—is critical because other states don’t have the money or the resources to combat a similar law being passed and it’s possible the outcome in California’s would go regional and then national.

The Detroit-based lawyer Corey Silverstein stressed “the data privacy arena is one of the biggest issues” and companies ought to be taking it seriously.

“It’s not just a U.S. problem, it’s a world problem,” Silverstein said, noting the fully thought-out privacy policies at the bottom of sites are of the utmost importance. 

Beardsley concluded, “Don’t stick your head in the sand. If you hear something that scares you, take the bull by the horns.”

The topic of high-tech interactive sex toys took center stage during “The Power of Pleasure Product Partnerships” panel, which was moderated by C.T. Schenk, the founder of the new male masturbator Blewit!.

Frank Kok, the Amsterdam-based sales director for KIIROO, which makes the Pearl and Onyx devices, said his company places tech first.

“With KIIROO it’s not about our two products, it’s more about our technology behind the products,” Kok said.

He revealed that in less four months KIIROO and Fleshlight will launch a new device that will make the all the millions of Fleshlights already in consumers’ homes “interactive in one click.”

“With our technology we can connect toys together and bring companies together,” Kok said.

Kok was joined on the panel by Jeff Dillon, the VP of business development for Gamelink; Steve Scalzo, sales executive for North America-East and South America for CCBill; and Carrie Martz, the president of Clean Light Laboraties that launched UVeeToys.com at the AVN Novelty Expo in January.

Uvee Sanitizers is billed as “the only sanitizing and charging storage system for adult toys,” promising to eliminate “up to 99 percent” of all germs, bacteria and yeast found on pleasure products.

“We did a lot of work in the science of toys before launching,” said Martz, who spent 30 years in the mainstream advertising sector before venturing into adult. 

Martz said she is on a board of advisers for a high-profile hospital that facilitates the use of sex toys by cancer patients after surgery “to help enhance confidence.”

She added, “We will be selling our product through OB-GYN offices because a lot are beginning to sell vibrators.”

Schenk suggested that in general sex toy users are just “looking for a new experience.”

“Men can have multiple orgasms over and over again for 20 minutes; the problem is men don’t understand what’s possible with their own body,” Schenk said. “True pleasure is 100 percent vulnerability.”

When Friday’s seminar program wrapped, attendees headed to the courtyard at the Mission Palms for the annual Sponsor Meet & Greet, where attendees mingled and picked up bags full of swag. BitterStrawberry’s squirt guns were among the most popular giveaways on the 85 degree afternoon.

Lots of attendees planned to check out The House of Slam, presented by Adnium, at the pool for their late-night entertainment. This year’s musical acts include Method Man of Wu Tang Clan and Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys.

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Colin Kane to Host 19th Annual ED Awards Show in New Orleans

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The adult nightclub industry’s only national awards show is the featured event of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Expo, August 7-10, 2016 in New Orleans

Colin Kane to Host 19th Annual ED Awards Show in New Orleans

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CLEARWATER, Fla.—The 19th Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show—known as the ED Awards Show—will once again celebrate the best-of-the-best in the adult nightclub and feature entertainment industries. Held each year during the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Expo, the 2016 ED Awards Show is slated for Tuesday, August 9, at the Harrah’s Theatre inside the Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans. The 24th Annual Expo is being held directly across the street from Harrah’s at the Hilton Riverside, August 7-10.

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Headlining the 2016 ED Awards Show as host is well-known comedian Colin Kane, who promises to give the show a dynamic edge. The Awards Show will also feature command performances by the four ED Entertainer of the Year nominees, two of whom will be decided at the upcoming EDI West (Scores Presents Platinum 84 in Denver, April 21-23) and EDI East (Double Dee’s Ranch & Saloon, West Palm Beach, FL, June 2-4) contests, produced by ED Publications. The show will also boast a bevy of special presenters, including adult film stars Nicole Aniston and Kaylani Lei.

For fans who like dirty comedy, Colin Kane’s the man. Described by fans as "acerbic and brilliant," Colin Kane has had the opportunity to work for everyone from the racially charged Paul Mooney to the deeply perceptive Jerry Seinfeld. Kane recently made his film debut in a breakout role opposite Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer, which was the #1 comedy in America for three weeks in a row. He has a special on Showtime, won Howard Stern’s “Kill or Be Killed” comedy competition, is a regular radio guest on The Opie & Anthony Show and performs for our troops whenever possible through the Wounded Warrior Project. A Los Angeles resident, the born-and-bred New Yorker sells out theaters and comedy clubs across the country. 

Nominees for the 2016 ED Awards will be determined in part by the Official ED Pre-Nomination Ballot, which will be featured online only at theEDawards.com, starting in early May. Final ballot voting will also take place at theEDawards.com site, and all winners will be announced either at the main ED Awards Show on Tuesday, August 9, or at the Expo Opening Night Party and Pre-ED Awards presentation on Monday, August 8, at Republic NOLA. 

For more information on the 2016 Gentlemen’s Club Expo, visit theEDexpo.com, email ED Publications’ PR Manager Kristofer Kay at kris@edpublications.com, or call (727) 726-3592.

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Censoring Women During Women's History Month

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Censoring Women During Women's History Month

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—It may come as a surprise to non-Los Angeles residents that not only is "West Hollywood" a city (albeit within another city), but that it has its own city hall and mayor. But one would think that such a city, sitting as it does between a large collection of Hollywood studios to the south and "Porn Valley" to the north, it would have a better idea of what's acceptable regarding nudity in the Los Angeles area.

But one would be wrong. Just ask famous photographer Brooke Mason, two of whose photographs—"Glass Ceiling," depicting a nude woman (pussy not shown) sitting on a glass tabletop supported by a man, and "Voyeur," a sort-of "peeper photo" through a sheer curtain of a nude woman relaxing in a chair—were removed after being displayed for five days from the exhibition "EXPOSED: Celebrating Local Women Artists" that began on March 6 in Plummer's Park, which runs between Santa Monica Boulevard and Fountain Avenue, and midway between Fairfax and Highland avenues. Why? Some "unknown city staff member" complained. Those photos can be found here.

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Perhaps even more egregious, though, was the removal of her photo "Soar," depicting a topless black woman who appears to be midway through a balletic jump, from the "Out and About" exhibition in West Hollywood's City Hall, allegedly because city officials believed the model to be underage.

"Even after being informed of the model's age, which is way beyond that of a minor, the City would not allow 'Soar' to be shown, threatening to cancel the entire exhibition if the photograph was included," wrote the National Coalition Against Censorship's (NCAC) Joy Garnett. "Faced with the prospect of having the whole exhibit canceled, Mason pulled Soar from the show."

Of course, once the NCAC (and the ACLU) sent an open letter to West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath and her staff," explaining how the treatment of Brooke Mason violates the First Amendment and calling for the reinstatement of her censored photographs," suddenly it was all, "With regard to the controversy, I want to be very clear that at no time did I personally ask Miss Mason to take down her work. In fact, I don’t find her work offensive at all," said Horvath.

Several City Council members joined that sort-of apology, including Council member John Duran, who noted, "Over the years we’ve had Robert Mapplethorpe exhibits, Tom of Finland exhibits. It’s a city that is not afraid of the open expression of sexuality, and that includes HIV Positive women and men who are also sexual in nature. We have no embarrassment or shame about that sort of expression, either. My apology to the artist. We’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again and, and it sounds like it was an error, so, my apologies."

Indeed; let's hope it doesn't happen again.

Pictured: Brooke Mason with her photo "Soar."

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Fooled Ya! Industry Participates in Holiday High Jinks

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Fooled Ya! Industry Participates in Holiday High Jinks

LOS ANGELES—April Fools Day can be a polarizing holiday—people either love it or hate it. But several adult industry companies showed their love, or at least their appreciation, for the tricked-out holiday on Friday.

Novelty manufacturer Interactive Life Forms, makers of the Fleshlight male masturbator, tweeted about the “newest” Fleshlight Girl, Lucille. Those who aren’t fans of The Walking Dead might not get the reference in the picture: The zombie flesh is easy enough to understand, but the wooden case wrapped in barbed wire is a sly reference to the “girlfriend” of reviled comic book villain Negan.

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Pornhub.com got in on the gags Friday as well with a site redesign … to Cornhub.com. For the day, the site’s landing page featured everything from “Hot Corn Videos” to “Live Corn.” A quick click anywhere on the page took visitors to the real site, though.

Brazzers.com teamed up with Nikki Benz for a video that features the performer calling her colleagues to offer them a part in the world’s first vegan porno. Pranked performers were Abigail Mac, Nicole Aniston, Phoenix Marie, Toni Ribas and Ramon Nomar.

See the full video at YouTube.com.

Even overseas, the prank press releases were sent out. British pleasure product manufacturer Rocks-Off Ltd. announced its RO-160mm vibrator was spotted by SPIRIT, a Mars Exploration Rover, during a routine surface moisture test with its sister rover CURIOSITY.

“The U.N. has hailed the RO-160mm bullet vibrator as the gift that could lead to first contact. UN Space Ambassador, Sue Walsh, tweeted: ‘If there’s one thing that our species’ can agree on, it’s the joy of discovering better sex and getting our Rocks-Off.’” the release said.

Back on these shores, director Will Ryder issued a press release claiming he'd received a letter from Charles Manson complimenting him on his movie Manson Family XXX, and talent agent Mark Spiegler added male performer Keiran Lee to his roster as the first-ever "Spiegler Boy." 

And, of course, there was the “announcement” of the Xhamster/Playboy deal, as seen on AVN.com.

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Hof Eyes Purchase Of Playboy Mansion For LA Bunny Ranch HQ

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Hof Eyes Purchase Of Playboy Mansion For LA Bunny Ranch HQ

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Dennis Hof, owner of the world famous Bunny Ranch legal brothel and star of HBO’s Cathouse, is formally considering a bid to purchase the iconic Playboy Mansion with the intention of converting it into a Hollywood headquarters for his booming sex business.

The palatial estate is on the market for $200 million, and Hof sees a fantastic opportunity to use the historical location as a west coast office, entertainment facility and staging area for his seven legal brothels located just over the California border in neighboring Nevada. The sale comes with the caveat that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is allowed to remain living in the house until his passing, but Hof doesn’t see that as a problem.

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“Hef and I are friends, and I’ve been to many of his parties over the years at the mansion,” Hof said. “I wouldn’t mind having his experienced eye around as I interview potential new bunnies to come work for me at my legal brothels in Nevada. He and I both know what to look for when it comes to spotting a girl with extraordinarily marketable sex appeal.”

Hof realizes that prostitution isn’t legal in California, but sees no legal hurdles to conducting informal job interviews at The Playboy Mansion. “There is so much talent in the Los Angeles area, and many of the kind of girls that we are looking for are already associated with the Playboy brand. In fact, over the years we have had numerous Playboy centerfolds come to work at The Bunny Ranch. This will just make it easier for them to get in touch with me.”

With possible consideration to making the Playboy Mansion his permanent residence, Hof even relishes the idea of having a roommate with similar interests and career pursuits. “Hef and Hof could make for a great reality show,” laughed the legal brothel baron. "We wouldn’t even have to worry about fighting over girls. At our house, there would always be plenty to go around.”

Dennis and the Bunny Ranch girls are available for interviews by contacting Dennis@BunnyRanch.com or 775-720-9090.

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Digital Sin Releases 'My Sister Has A Big Round Ass'

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Digital Sin Releases 'My Sister Has A Big Round Ass'

Posted Apr 01st, 2016 12:34 PM

Digital Sin announces the release of My Sister Has A Big Round Ass, a provocative union of ass worship and stepsibling attraction from award-winning director Eddie Powell. The four scene vignette is toplined by star Abella Danger, named 2016's Best New Starlet by leading industry trade publication AVN.

"I loved being a part of this booty-themed release," Abella Danger said. "From being under the direction of Eddie Powell, who's a pleasure with his constructive criticism and good humor, to getting paired up with Ramon Nomar—he's always more than willing to give me orgasms over and over again. I can't wait to hear from my fans how much they loved this release; hopefully, it's as much as I loved doing it."

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My Sister Has A Big Round Ass stars Abella Danger as Ramon Nomar's big-bottomed stepsister. When she catches him leering at her backside, she confiscates his smartphone only to discover a photo gallery dedicated to candid and graphic pics of her remarkably big, round ass. Fortunately for Ramon, the confrontation gets heated in a way he never thought possible.

My Sister Has A Big Round Ass also features co-stars Harley Jade and Xander Corvus as stepsiblings arguing over an Easter dinner dress that is anything but wholesome, Brittany Shae as Jay Smooth's booty-conscious stepsister, and Gia Paige as an oblivious butt-baring temptress puzzled by her stepbrother Jmac's spying.

"I'm super excited for this scene to come out," Gia Paige said. "Jmac and I work very well together so shooting it was a blast. We have great chemistry and it definitely shows in the scene. I know everyone will love it! Plus we inserted a little comedy."

My Sister Has A Big Round Ass has a runtime of 115 minutes and includes exclusive photo gallery, candid Behind-the-Scenes featurette, and two bonus scenes.

To view the trailer for My Sister Has A Big Round Ass, click here.

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Judge Dismisses ESPLERP Suit to Overturn Prostitution Laws

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Judge Dismisses ESPLERP Suit to Overturn Prostitution Laws

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—In an order issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White granted the Motion filed by Defendant California Attorney General Kamala Harris and others to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Erotic Service Providers Legal Education Research Project (ESPLERP) and three sex workers to overturn California's laws against prostitution. The case was filed in March of last year, with ESPLERP and the other plaintiffs being represented by First Amendment attorneys H. Louis Sirkin and D. Gil Sperlein.

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In dismissing the case, Judge White considered five claims stated in the complaint, the first dealing with plaintiffs' "liberty interest" to engage in paid sexual transactions as protected by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 case which legalized homosexual conduct between consenting adults, which had previously been held illegal.

"Plaintiffs contend that the Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence fundamentally changes the definition and scope of the liberty interest individuals maintain under the Due Process Clause and requires the application of strict scrutiny in this matter..." Judge White wrote. "The Court’s emphasis in defining the liberty interest focused on the choices relating to protected relationships in which the intimate conduct occurs, not solely on the contours of the intimate conduct itself. The Court is not persuaded by Plaintiffs’ contention that the Supreme Court has shifted the definition of the protected liberty interest to comprise merely sexual or intimate conduct, as opposed to the relationship in which the sexual or intimate conduct occurs. The Court similarly is not persuaded by Defendant’s contention that the due process analysis here should be predicated exclusively upon an asserted fundamental right to commercial sex."

Judge White focused on the "family and other group relationships" to which the Supreme Court has directed its opinions regarding the Fourteenth Amendment's "liberty interests" and concluded that the relaitonship between a sex worker and a client just isn't "intimate" enough to invoke a "liberty interest," and therefore concluded that sex worker rights should not be analyzed under "strict scrutiny," which would require the government to state a compelling governmental interest for the prostitution laws' existence, but rather under "rational basis" (intermediate) scrutiny, which balances government interest against individual rights. As such, Judge White bought the defendants' argument that prostitution laws serve several government interests, such as preventing sex trafficking, preventing drug use, and "deterring the commodification of sex." (As part of its response to the complaint, the defendants offered as an exhibit an article by virulent anti-prostitution activist Melissa Farley linking prostitution with human trafficking.)

Building on that premise, Judge White then dismissed the plaintiffs' charge that the laws violate sex workers' rights to free speech and association, since he had already ruled that there was no constitutional right to engage in sex work. Likewise, he dismissed their claim that the laws affect sex workers' right to earn a living, stating that, "A protectable liberty interest in employment arises only 'where not affirmatively restricted by reasonable laws or regulations of general application'," and that therefore, "This Court has found as a matter of law, that Plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate that they have a protectable liberty interest in the profession of prostitution."

Judge White's full opinion can be read here (.pdf).

"Simply put, this is a deeply flawed decision; a judge’s bias against sex worker rights in search of a legal justification," stated ESPLERP head Maxine Doogan in a press release. "This decision flies against all legal precedent, especially Lawrence v Texas, the 2003 Supreme Court landmark decision that held that intimate consensual sexual conduct was protected by the 14th Amendment. It also ignores the recommendations of a whole series of reputable international organizations, including Amnesty International, the World Health Organization, the Lancet, Human Rights Watch, and the UN Global Commission on HIV and the Law, all of which call for the decriminalization of sex work and recognize that consenting adults have the right to be free from state criminalization of their sex lives."

"This decision is horribly mistaken," added Claire Alwyne, Board Member of ESPLERP. "The judge completely misinterprets Lawrence v Texas. He claims that Lawrence v Texas only protects sexual conduct in the context of a meaningful relationship, while in fact it protects even the most brief, casual, and impersonal sexual interactions. While he might not like it, Lawrence v Texas clearly protects sex workers and their clients."

"It is completely offensive that a federal judge says that criminalizing sex workers promotes public safety and prevents injury and coercion,” declared Bella Robinson, of ESPLERP and the sex worker protection group CoyoteRI. "In real life, it’s the other way round. Doing sex work under the constant threat of police and jail is far from occupational safety, and violence against sex workers is very common when sex work is illegal."

Doogan stated that ESPLERP is currently consulting with its legal advisers regarding its next steps.

"We have until May 6 to file an amended complaint, but seriously doubt that we will have a fair hearing in Judge Jeffrey S. White’s court," she stated. "Given that, we may have no option but to appeal to the Ninth Circuit, where we are confident that the merits of our case will finally be recognized and we will be granted relief."

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Joanna Angel Signs Directing/Performing Deal With HoloFilm

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Joanna Angel Signs Directing/Performing Deal With HoloFilm

LOS ANGELES—Alt porn pioneer and newly inducted AVN Hall of Famer Joanna Angel enters the virtual reality realm by way of a new deal with VR studio HoloFilm Productions under which she will direct and perform in content for the company's flagship site HoloGirlsVR.com employing her trademark BurningAngel style.

The first offering under the deal, a solo scene with Angel, went up on HoloGirlsVR Thursday.

"This is an incredible leap forward for the world of erotic VR," HoloFilm CEO Brian Shuster said. "This first of a kind deal in the VR space will allow all the amazing technology that we've developed for our own adult content production to be used by another studio. BurningAngel has some of the most creative concepts and by far the hottest alternative women in the business, who can all now get recorded for VR consumers to experience."

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Angel and HoloFilm struck this deal earlier in the year, and she has a number of scenes already in the can awaiting release. Those include a POV with herself, AVN Best New Starlet Abella Danger and leading male performer Manuel Ferrara, as well as a group scene in which she's joined by Katrina Jade, Charlotte Sartre and Small Hands.

"I am truly proud to be producing VR content with the people who are best at it in the business," Angel said. "It's been a lot of fun making my BurningAngel style content with a whole different medium. The fans will truly love seeing all our tattoos in 3D!"

See Angel's first VR scene now at HoloGirlsVR.com.

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FSC Announces Formation of Industry-Specific Committees

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FSC Announces Formation of Industry-Specific Committees

Posted Apr 01st, 2016 10:40 AM

CANOGA PARK, Calif.—In its ongoing effort to lead, protect and support the growth and well being of the adult industry, the Free Speech Coalition will begin formation of several industry sector-specific committees to monitor, address and recommend action on multiple issues facing the pleasure products and adult entertainment industries, including retail zoning laws, lubricant manufacture, piracy, counterfeit products, and adult film regulation.

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Each committee will meet separately from the Free Speech Coalition board to evaluate issues, build relationships, communicate goals and recommend engagement, said Eric Paul Leue, Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition.

“The pleasure products and adult entertainment community is a diverse collection of producers, manufacturers, retailers, performers, agents, and other industry professionals. To be an effective coalition, however, it is crucial that we are able to address the myriad of issues that affect our different members, and to do so quickly and effectively. By creating committees within each industry that will report to the Board, we can better serve everyone in the coalition.”

Leue says that initial committees will be formed in the next few months, beginning with Pleasure Products, Lubricant Manufacturers, Adult Film, Live Content/Cams and Retailers. Committees will meet once a month by conference call, and will be co-chaired by an industry member and a FSC staff member. Participation on a committee is open to all active members of the Free Speech Coalition.

Leue eventually sees a growing committee system as the key to expanding FSC’s effectiveness in both public policy and industry growth.

“An engaged membership can accomplish so much more together than each of us can individually,” Leue stated. “United we stand, divided we fall. Never has this been more true than it is today.”

Those interested in participating in a committee, or suggesting a new committee, should contact Leue at Eric@freespeechcoalition.com.

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xHamster Buys Playboy, Announces Launch of PlayHamster

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xHamster Buys Playboy, Announces Launch of PlayHamster

Posted Apr 01st, 2016 06:00 AM

CYBERSPACE—It was a surprising announcement: a venerable brand acquired by a new media company. In a company press release, Xhamster explained its bold move.

“As many media experts and digital marketers have already noticed, the recent decision by Playboy to switch over to safe for work (SFW) content without any nudity at all was a very short-lived success. Yes, the brand garnered plenty of free media attention when the change was first announced, but since that point it has become increasingly obvious that fans want to see all the naughty bits of their favorite centerfolds along with the news and interviews Playboy is known for—and that is what prompted xHamster.com to make an offer,” the release stated.

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“We have always had our eyes on Playboy, from the first time we snagged a nudie magazine to enjoy some quality alone time long before the Internet existed to the Jimmy Carter interview and even the most recent editions,” said an xHamster representative. “We do not see Playhamster as a safe-for-work content provider, and are eager to move the Playboy catalog of playmates beyond the mild nudity they were previously known for over the years.”

Financial details of this monumental deal in the adult sector have not been disclosed, but a recent article about Playboy being up for sale did peg the asking price as somewhere north of $500 million. As CEO Scott Flanders previously told The New York Times, "that battle has been fought and won. You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it's just passé at this juncture."

Playboy owner Hugh Hefner also was in the news earlier this year when the famed Playboy Mansion was reportedly listed for sale with a price tag of $200 millions in January. Representatives from Playboy or xHamster were unable to comment about the rumored sale of the property due to terms of the corporate brand sale agreement.

Media entities and interested parties are encouraged to contact communications@xhamster.com with any additional information requests. The consolidation process is presently under way and all of the associated intellectual property will be transferred within the second quarter of this year, as adult’s biggest hamster consumes the industry’s iconic bunny.

The news is causing quite a stir among media watchers and millions of adult entertainment fans, in particular thanks to the unveiling of a logo that can best be described as a hamster with bunny ears. See it at the new Playhamster.com website, which is live now.

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The Phoenix Forum Kicks Off

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The Phoenix Forum Kicks Off

TEMPE, Ariz.—The Phoenix Forum began in earnest Thursday for the 16th time, creating a festive atmosphere at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.

The mild forecast—it was a mere 75 degrees in the mid-afternoon—and the familiar surroundings for one of the industry’s most popular gatherings, led to a day full of optimism as the conference began taking shape.

In one of the highlight sessions of opening day, Kristen Kaye, head of KSquared Dynamics and chief marketing officer for Fleshlight, moderated a roundtable session called “Success and Adaption.”

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With the panelists positioned in the middle of the room and the audience members sitting theater style around them, the expert speakers shared insights about the importance of networking at shows such as TPF.

“Work with every single person,” said Ed Kunkel, the chief operating officer of The Dating Network whose been in adult since 1993. “Get cards. It is a business first. Take risks. It’s a wonderful business. It’s a forgiving business. You’ll find certain people who know everybody and remember everybody. Have somebody take you under their wing.”

Holly Ruprecht, the senior manager of business development for LFP Internet Group, also offered sage advice.

“Don’t believe your own hype, no matter how big you think you are,” Ruprecht said. “It doesn’t matter what size company you are or who you think you are, you have to be able to work with anybody.”

Trans icon Buck Angel said things are looking up for the adult industry because “there’s more sex positivity” in general in America today.

Meanwhile Wendy Nelson, the vice president of sales for Netbilling, told attendees to make sure they do their homework when choosing a billing company.

“Check them out and make sure they’ve been in the space for a long time,” Nelson said, noting it can’t be a one-way street of communication. If you haven’t heard from your biller in six months, that’s a red flag. “They need to go to you, too. You don’t need to always go to the billing company.”

Drawing from his own experiences of building and rebuilding various companies, The Dating Network’s Kunkel suggested, “You need a shit storm once in a while. It can help you to change your focus, especially if you’ve gotten too complacent.”

The “Traffic ABC’s” panel, moderated by Affil4you Managing Director Joey Gabra, featured comments from Paul Kluzak (CCBill), Sarah Mallie (EroAdvertising), Jeremy Wagshul (Revolution Force) and Brian Elkan (Affil4you). 

"Tracking is key to successful media buying,” Elkan emphasized. “It’s not even worth doing trials if you don’t have tracking set up."

When the topic switched to ad formats, Elkan said, “all traffic ad formats can work; it’s just a matter of your level of expertise in optimizing them.”

Wagshul, the senior media buyer for the Sacramento-based Revolution Force who is at TPF for the first time, found the panel to be productive and inspiring.  

“I thought Joey did a really good job moderating. It’s incredibly energizing to see other like-minded people that are willing to discuss topics that I think about all the time,” Wagshul said afterward.

“This is not a career or a job, this is a lifestyle. That’s really what it comes down to. There’s never really an end to the day. There’s never really a start to the day. It’s just a constant evolution of change and basically where do you get in and how do you last in this industry?”

Wagshul continued, “There’s always something new that’s exciting to me or something I had no idea about. For instance the ad blocking. I have a total understanding of it, but just to bring it up and think about it and try to develop a process of how I would answer that it’s good. It makes me learn. It makes me think about what I want to do on the forum tonight—to go ahead and read a little more in depth about that so I can have similar valuable information to pass along.”

A native of the Bay Area, Wagshul said he recommends starting off as an affiliate, just like he and his brother did.

“Anyone who finds interest in it should push, push, push until you can get something to pop. You have to be out there. You have to exercise all possibilities, no questions asked,” he said.

To complement the beginner’s traffic panel, TPF added a “Traffic XYZs” panel that included perspectives from Danny McKaren (Playgirl), Ray Kelsey (CCBill), William Soares Pinto (TheHubPeople), Chris Rodger (Payze), Lauren MacEwen (7Veils) and Yancy Naughton (HasTraffic). Nigel Williams of DigiWorldPartners moderated the session.

“That one one of the most engaged panels you’ll see,” Naughton said, noting the well-roundedness of the speakers on the stage.

In what has become an online community tradition, the spacious courtyard at the Tempe Mission Palms once again was the central hub for casual conversation for the 800-plus attendees that traveled to the Valley of the Sun from all over the world.

Representatives from the host company, CCBill, decked out in crisp, turquoise polo shirts, circulated the property throughout the day to make sure attendees were finding their destinations and all the sessions were running smoothly. 

A leader in payment solutions since 1998, CCBill processes more than a billion dollars in transactions each year and is one of the largest third-party payment processors in the world.

Just after sundown, CCBill owner Ron Cadwell took the stage in the back of the courtyard, thanking attendees and showing his gratitude to the sponsors by calling them to the stage and handing each a bottle of Cristal champagne.

That set the tone for the evening, which had just begun as the Cybersocket Opening Party loomed along with what was sure to be no shortage of action in the Late Night Suites. 

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Adult Store Owner Sues Competitors For Ordering His Store Burned

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VANCOUVER, Wash.—Back in 2003, Levi Bussanich had a pretty good business going at Desire Video, located at 4811 NE 94th Avenue, selling XXX-rated DVDs, novelties and other items of interest to open-minded adults. But all that changed on March 27 of that year, when arsonists Mark Fuston and Ken Courtney torched the place—yet managed to stay out of prison until Courtney turned state's evidence and implicated Fuston, who received a two-and-a-half year prison sentence in 2013.

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But with Courtney having allegedly committed suicide, now that Fuston has been convicted, it's he who's doing the singing. He's implicated Daniel and Donna Cossette and Michael J. and Linda M. Wright in a conspiracy that led to the arson, leading Bussanich to file a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, charging the Cossettes, Wrights and the bookstores they own under several sections of the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, as well as Criminal Profiteering, trespassing and property damage as a result of the arson.

Police spent a decade investigating the case, eventually getting the goods on Courtney, who then acted in an undercover capacity to help prosecutors build the case against Fuston, as well as providing information on the Cossettes and Wrights.

In the meantime, in 2005, Bussanich inquired about buying Adult Video Only, Inc., which was owned by the Cossettes and Wrights, and in the course of getting a tour of the store, learned that Adult Video Only was doing a great arcade business—and that according to Bussanich, little or none of that income was being reported on the store's tax returns. The same was apparently true of other adult businesses that the defendants owned. It's that allegation that is the basis for the RICO charges: Bussanich claims that the defendants used the unreported arcade funds to pay the arsonists who burned Desire.

Well, that, and the allegation that the defendants also had a profitable marijuana growing business whose income also was not reported, some of which funds were also allegedly used to pay Fuston and Courtney.

"This was definitely not a case of unrestrained moral outrage or some misguided attempt to protect the community from pornography or the social ills that can be connected to that industry," Fuston's prosecutor argued in court. "Rather, Mark Fuston's singular goal was to get paid."

According to a report on Vice.com, "Fuston had been wrapped up in porn mayhem before: In 1977, the career criminal was charged with trying to burn down an adult bookstore, but got off even though cops found him holding a gas can and matches at the scene. And in 1991, a man who looked an awful lot like Fuston was spotted near a Portland porn store just before it burst into flames, courtesy of a pipe bomb."

Bussanich managed to rebuild his store, which reopened under the name Taboo Video and continues to do business in Vancouver to this day.

The whole scenario is reminiscent of the adult industry's early days, when a few top moguls were alleged to have burned down competitors' businesses to increase their profits—but that had stopped by the early 1980s, so it's sad to see that there are still places where such practices had continued into the new century.

A copy of the lawsuit can be found here.

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Wasteland Teams With Severe Sex, Exile for DVD Line

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Wasteland Teams With Severe Sex, Exile for DVD Line

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—AVN Award nominated BDSM site Wasteland.com partners with fellow fetish producer Severe Sex to offer its content on DVD for the first time ever with new line Severe Sex Presents Wasteland, to be released through Severe Sex distributor Exile Distribution.

The first title due for release under the deal, Punishments Incorporated, is scheduled to street in May.

"We at Wasteland.com are absolutely thrilled with this collaboration with Severe Sex Films," commented Wasteland founder and CEO Colin Rowntree, a member of the Internet Branch of AVN's Hall of Fame. "It's a match made in kinky heaven in so many ways, most importantly that Wasteland and Severe Sex Films share the same fundamental vision and values in creating authentic BDSM movies.

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"So much of what has been produced over the past seven years for the internet under the guiese of 'BDSM' is simply very rough porn star sex with bondage sets and gear thrown in for shock value," Rowntree continued. "I call this the 'Flog and Fuck School of Film Making,' which has very little to do with the realities of consensual D/s relationships and activities. Both Wasteland and Severe Sex Films work with lifestyle kinky players that know exactly what they are doing, and the result is far more compelling for viewers."

Offered Severe Sex co-owner Dee Severe, "When I was first coming out as a kinky person in the late '90s, Wasteland.com was one of the first sites I ever visited. It's such an honor to be able to work with them!"

"Both companies believe in the importance of presenting authentic BDSM," Severe's partner Jimmy Broadway added. "Nothing is faked, there are no special effects or make-up, we both showcase performers that practice BDSM off camera."

Rowntree further noted, "We're also very happy to hear that we in some way paved the road for Dee Severe into the kinky realm, and also the be under the superb distribution leadership of Exile."

For its part, Exile chief Howard Levine said, "As you know, the Severe Sex line has grown into one of our most successful lines. The addition of Wasteland content is a pivotal move for this very successful company. The content is top notch, the actors deliver 100 percent, and it is shot beautifully."

On debut title Punishments Incorporated, Severe remarked, "I love that this is a Maledom release, it serves as a good counterpoint for Severe Sex content, which tends to be Femdom. Together, we're giving our fan base the full spectrum of BDSM and fetish."

For sales inquiries, email howard@exiledist.com or davep@expxxx.com or call (866) 629-4271.

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FSC Joins National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)

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FSC Joins National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)

Posted Mar 31st, 2016 10:00 AM

CANOGA PARK, Calif.—The Free Speech Coalition has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), and will be working with NCAC on upcoming censorship issues, including the battle over California’s controversial Weinstein Initiative.

The NCAC is a diverse coalition of over fifty organizations, including the ACLU, the American Library Association, Planned Parenthood of America, and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, and is dedicated to opposing censorship in all its forms.

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Eric Paul Leue, the Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition, stated joining the coalition is an important step in fighting the war on sexual speech.

“While the regulation-as-censorship battles we face in California have been the most prominent, sexual speech and sexual expression are under attack nationally and internationally, from the Exxxotica Expo ban in Dallas and the Rentboy bust in New York to discriminatory zoning restrictions across the country. Joining the NCAC gives us access to a deep network of experience, contacts and advocacy, and enables us to better educate the public about the adult industry. We are thrilled.”

Joan Bertin, Executive Director of the NCAC, was equally enthusiastic.

“FSC joining our coalition is a no-brainer," she said. "The whole reason NCAC came into existence was in response to the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Miller v. California, which narrowed First Amendment protections for sexual expression and opened the door to obscenity prosecutions. Four decades later, we’re fighting all forms of censorship, but the moralizing of sex, sexual expression, sexual identity, and sexual orientation remains the root of many of our free speech battles. NCAC is proud to join FSC’s advocacy against the relentless attacks on adult entertainment, and to have Eric and his team be a part of our national efforts to protect and promote free expression.”

The NCAC will announce FSC acceptance into the coalition by sending a recent op-ed by Leue regarding the condom battle to the organization’s member base.

The Free Speech Coalition is the national trade organization of the adult entertainment industry. It's the reason adult content is not specially taxed, the reason young-looking adults can appear in hardcore content, and the reason drawings and animation that use no actual children are no longer considered to be "child pornography," among other successes.

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