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May

AEE/ANE/AVN Fan Fest 2014 Tickets Are Now on Sale

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The AVN Show website is also live, providing complete information about the week’s events.

AEE/ANE/AVN Fan Fest 2014 Tickets Are Now on Sale

Posted May 22nd, 2013 11:10 AM

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—The wait is finally over! Trade may now register and fans may purchase tickets for AVN Show 2014, taking place mid-January at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Concurrently, the website for four of the week’s major events—Adult Entertainment Expo, AVN Fan Fest, Adult Novelty Expo and the AVN Awards Show—is now live, providing immediate and comprehensive access to all of the information anyone needs about these world-class fan and trade events.

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For more than 30 years, AVN Media Network has presented a global platform for the companies and stars that make up the adult entertainment industry to present their products to the public while also coming together to do business with one another. Intermingled with the pure business, hundreds of the world’s most accomplished adult stars provide an injection of sex and energy into the show that helps explain why the AVN Show is the most reported on event in adult entertainment industry history. There simply is nothing like it.

For 2014, all of the same education, networking and entertainment elements that went into making AVN Show 2013 such a successful and memorable series of event will remain in play, but the show organizers have also planned some very special additions to the schedule that are designed to add lasting value. Once again, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will become ground central for this annual gathering of industry leaders, outstanding talent and the fans who adore them. 

The individual events are schedule as follows:

AEE: January 15 – 18, 2014

AEE Fan Fest: January 16 – 18, 2014

AVN Novelty Expo: January 15 – 17, 2014

AVN Awards Show: January 18, 2014

For Trade, badges are now on sale at early bird pricing and may be purchased here. Please note that the more expensive badge includes all the official parties!

Expo Plus Badge: $100

Includes:
*  All AEE & ANE exhibits
*  Seminars
*  Keynote Presentation

All Access Pass: $185

Includes:
*  All AEE & ANE exhibits
*  Seminars
*  Keynote Presentation
*  All official parties

Fan Tickets starting at $55 are also available for purchase here. There are several options available, running from single general admission tickets up to the Extreme VIP Tickets and the Ultimate Tour Pass. Suffice to say the last two options require the purchaser to be 21 years of age or older.

Rooms at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas can also be booked now. Attendees can acquire rooms for the following rates by reserving them at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10610446.   

* Weekday Rates (Sunday - Thursday) from $89/ night

* Weekend Rates (Friday - Saturday) from $199/night

There are other cool options for fans this year, including The Lair (for the kinky) and sundry events such as Porn Star Karaoke, Porn Star Beer Pong, Male Revues, Burlesque Dancers and Aerial Acts. All of this in addition to 300 of the industry’s top adult stars appearing at the show.

For more information, visit AVNshow.com.

For Sales info, email aeesales@avn.comor call (818) 718-5788.

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22
May

Judge Slaps More Fines on Prenda Attys, AF Holdings, Ingenuity

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Judge Slaps More Fines on Prenda Attys, AF Holdings, Ingenuity

LOS ANGELES—The Prenda Law collaborators—John Steele, Paul Hansmeier, Brett Gibbs and Paul Duffy—are fast running out of road. Yesterday, after being earlier rebuffed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after filing an emergency appeal in a last minute bid to head off impending sanctions, the lawyers were slapped with additional monetary penalties by Judge Otis Wright on top of the original sanctions he originally levied against the four last month.

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The additional penalty applies to the principals as well as Prenda clients AF Holdings and Ingenuity 13, supposed adult companies that Wright has inferred are actually owned by the Prenda Law principals. The actual ownership of these entities was one element of the questions asked by Wright during the Ingenuity case that the Prenda lawyers declined to answer in court, deciding instead to plead the Fifth.

In his Tuesday order, Judge Wright once again expressed barely concealed disdain for what he calls Prenda’s latest attempt “to remedy a problem of their own making.” Referring to the failed emergency application, which was kicked back to him by the Circuit for having been filed in the wrong court, he wrote, “Not only was this application improperly filed; but once again, Prenda resorted to an eleventh-hour plea for relief.”

He added, “Under the Court’s order, Prenda, along with John Steele, Paul Hansmeier, Paul Duffy, Brett Gibbs, AF Holdings LLC, and Ingenuity 13 LLC, were required to pay by May 20, 2013, an attorney’s-fee award of $81,319.72. By filing this application, it appears no such payment was made.

“Instead,” he continued, “an emergency motion was filed with the Ninth Circuit to stay enforcement of the order. That motion was promptly denied. (ECF No. 150.) Prenda now seeks to remedy a problem of their own making. By refusing to pay, or at least refusing to post a supersede as bond, Prenda (and the other parties) cannot establish that it ‘is without fault in creating the crisis that requires ex parte relief, or that the crisis occurred as a result of excusable neglect.’ (Mission Power Eng’g Co. v. Cont’l Casualty Co.) Prenda’s application is therefore DENIED

“Further,” concluded Judge Wright, “Steele, Hansmeier, Duffy, Gibbs, AF Holdings, Ingenuity 13, and Prenda are hereby ORDERED TO SHOW CAUSE why they have contravened the Court’s order to pay the attorney’s-fee award. The Court hereby imposes a penalty of $1,000 per day, per person or entity, until this attorney’s-fee award is paid or a bond for the same amount is posted. This penalty shall be paid to the Clerk of Court on the same day the attorney’s-fee award is paid or the bond is posted. This penalty must be paid unless it is evident that the award was paid or the bond was posted on or before May 20, 2013. Failure to comply will result in additional sanctions.”

The judge did add, however, “Upon motion and posting of a supersede as bond, the Court will stay execution of the attorney’s-fee award.”

It remains to be seen if even these new sanctions have their assumed effect of tempering the activities of the Prenda principals. As Ars Technica noted yesterday, “Even as the sanctions move forward, Paul Duffy's name has been showing up on new batches of threat letters regarding porn downloading.”

As far as the sanctioned entities go, paying out daily amounts rather than taking them in via settlements with alleged infringers is obviously not what the Prenda lawyers intended.

Judge Wright’s order can be read in its entirety here.

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May

Devil’s Film to Release Collector’s Edition 5-Packs

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Devil's Film to Release Collector's Edition 5-Packs

Posted May 22nd, 2013 10:43 AM

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Devil’s Film presents an attractive box set offering for fans of its niche movies with new color-coded Collector’s Edition 5-Packs. Released in sets of 12, each bundle includes five full-length, genre-specific DVDs taken from Devil’s Film’s library.

“Every 12-set of our Collector’s Edition 5-Packs now features our Devil’s embossed flame in a different color so that customers know it’s brand new and stores can push it as a fresh item,” said Steve Volponi, Devil’s Film’s vice president of sales and production. “The packs also fit perfectly into our Devil's Film 112-piece, black spin-rack display.

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“What we’re doing with these Collector’s Edition 5-Packs is unique and guaranteed to attract the consumer’s attention,” Volponi continued. “And while I hate to give my competition any trade secrets, I simply think we really don't have any competition in this area.”

Devil’s Film’s Green Collector’s Edition 5-Packs are available now. They include Anal Initiation, Asses Galore, All in the Family 2, Blast That Teen’s Ass 2, Cock Hungry Babysitters, Cream Pies 3, Cream Pie Nymphos, Damn, That’s a Hairy Pussy 2, Guys Who Crave It Up the Ass 2, Frat House Fuck Party, Lesbian Fuckfest 2 and Transsexual Gang Bangin’ 2.

For sales information, contact Steve@DevilsFilm.com.

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May

Immoral Prods. Cleared of Condom Violations by County Health

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LOS ANGELES—Two days following the announcement in March by AIDS Healthcare Foundation that it had filed a complaint with the Director of Public Health and Health Officer County of Los Angeles accusing Immoral Productions of, among other things, shooting scenes in the county without using condoms, the Health Department began an investigation into the allegations, Immoral Productions CEO “Porno Dan” Leal told AVN today. The results of the investigation followed quickly: Immoral was cleared of any wrongdoing. It was clear vindication for a man who insists he has been working hard for years to become a responsible producer of hardcore content.

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AVN spoke Tuesday with Leal and his attorney, Michael Fattorosi, in an exclusive interview about the investigation, the results of which are only now being disclosed. Though Leal is clearly relieved that the potentially serious allegations AHF allegedly received from an anonymous source have been found to be baseless, he and Fattorosi remain troubled by the fact that AHF felt emboldened enough not only to file the complaint without having conducted any apparent due diligence, but also to follow up the filing with a press release and press conference before an investigation into the charges was even begun. In fact, Fattorosi has sent a letter to AHF (see below] demanding a retraction, with the caveat, “Failure to publicly retract your statements may lead to litigation.”

Leal told AVN, however, that he has no such complaints about the manner in which the Health Department inspectors conducted themselves during the inspection of his workplace. “They could easily have come in and hassled us, but they didn’t,” he said. “I have no complaint with them. They were courteous to us and utterly professional.”

Leal was kind enough to answer the following questions from AVN:

What were the original allegations by AHF?

That we did not have an exposure control plan, we had not been through blood-borne pathogen training, we did not have proper signage and we did not shoot with condoms.

How long after AHF filed their complaint did the Health Department conduct their investigation?

They called us the next day and came to my studio the following day to do their on-site investigation.  

What were the results of the investigation? When did you first get them? Why have you delayed releasing the results?

They found no wrongdoing and dismissed the charges. Quite frankly, I am very busy running my company and expanding our operations; that is why I delayed releasing the finding.

How long did the investigation last? Do you have any details about the extent of the investigation? How many people did they interview, if any? Did they watch the video in question?

They were at my studio for about an hour and a half. They took pictures of our signage, condoms we have available, my invoices from Stericycle (who handle our biohazard removal—used condoms), my Stericycle trash can, locked unit where we keep the trash can, red bio-hazard bags, latex gloves and pictures of our set and studio. They already had copies of my exposure control plan from when I went to apply for my health permit. The video in question was from 2011.

Do you know if this investigation by the Health Department was a new endeavor for them, of whether it was routine? Aside from the results, do you (Michael) have any issues with the way they conducted the investigation?

This was their first investigation and I have no issues with the way they conducted themselves. I found them to very professional.

Did you find out anything specific you did not previously know about the genesis of the original complaint, and who might have been the anonymous tipster?

Yes, we were able to read the complaint which was sent to the AHF. I believe, based on the way it was worded, that it came from someone who works in the adult industry.

Is there a lesson for producers or talent to learn from this first reporting episode in terms of preparing for a potential investigation by the Health Department?

Make sure you apply for and have all your permits in order and that you shoot with condoms.  Use someone like we use at Stericycle to help you get your exposure control plan in place.  It is not a question of if you will get caught if you do not do these things, but when.

Obviously, AHF submitted a false report of a violation to the Health Department? Do you believe they were incompetent in doing so, acted in good faith, or too quickly out of malice? Is there anything beyond speculation that you know regarding their motives?

No comment.

AHF not only submitted a report of a violation by Immoral, but held a press conference and disseminated the "news" to the world. How do you plan to respond to that, if at all?

I’ll let my lawyer comment on that.  

Fattorosi commented: I cannot say what Mr. McGrath, Mr. Weinstein, or AHF's motives were for filing the complaint. I do believe that they acted with malice. That seems clear from their press release and the subsequent press conference. In my opinion, AHF targeted Immoral and Dan. Even the mainstream reporters covering the press conference sensed this and asked Weinstein why did he file a complaint against the one company that was complying with the law. I also find it interesting that AHF has now removed their libelous press release about Immoral Productions from their website.

What have you learned, if anything, from this episode?

I learned you can't be proactive enough, and I am very thankful I have all of our permits, exposure control plan and signage in place.

Leal also stressed to AVN that his commitment to being a responsible member of the adult entertainment industry, including taking an active involvement in the CalOSHA process for several years, is nothing new. In fact, Leal reminded AVN that he was previously inspected by CalOSHA regarding the disposal of condoms and passed the inspection with flying colors, and that he also was previously cited for filming without a film permit, which Fattorosi got dismissed by the court as well.

Leal added that police officers who have stopped by his studio—less than a handful of times for periodic visits—have made clear to him that there is a task force already in place that is tasked with finding illegal porn shoots as well as any other productions that do not have the requisite permits. The LAPD task force, he said, is comprised of six officers who travel around the city making sure that all film shoots, including porn shoots, have the right FilmLA permits.

“If you’re shooting without condoms in L.A.,” he warned, “you’re going to get caught.”

In the end, the larger message for Leal seems to be that if this can happen to a producer who is also well-known to everyone involved—AHF, LAPD, County Health and CalOSHA—it can happen to anyone.

“Complying with this law is not something I ever wanted to do,” he told AVN, “but the sad reality is that the nature of my business and my high profile in the industry puts a target on me, and I accept that. All these investigations do is make my company stronger. This did not hurt my business at all; in fact, my business has grown during this time period.

“And we’re shooting live,” he added. “During our live shows, people will ask me, why are you shooting with condoms, and I reply to them right away, it’s the law. But even more amazing is that other members in the chat will also jump up to defend our decision to shoot with condoms.”

He added that as a performer he also now shoots with condoms and that even though it was not easy to perform with them at first, he quickly got used to them. He said the same goes for his hired performers, who also have had to adjust, but he said they are all acclimating to the new requirement just fine.

Fattorosi's letter to AHF on behalf of Immoral, which he sent today, May 21, notes that the organization was informed by the Department of Health in a letter dated April 15, 2013 that its complaint was “not substantiated” and that the “investigation was closed,” and no further action would be taken. (Both letters are available below.]

“We now demand," the letter continued, "that AIDS Healthcare Foundation publish a retraction to their libelous press release dated March 19, 2013... Your retraction should be distributed via Business Wire, the same service that distributed your original press release which libeled my clients. Your organization should be bear such costs in order to mitigate the damages that my client has suffered. My client demands that the press release stating your retraction also be posted to your website (aidshealth.org). It is noted that you have already removed your original press release from your website. For this we thank you; however, that is insufficient to make my client whole.” The mention of possible litigation follows.

The March 17 complaint sent by AHF to County Health is here.

The April 15 letter from County Health to AHF Clearing Immoral Productions is here.

Michael Fattorosi’s May 21 retraction demand letter to AHF is here.

Image: Immoral Productions CEO Dan Leal, left, and AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein.

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May

(Top Halves of) Big Hollywood Stars to Do Hardcore for Von Trier

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(Top Halves of) Big Hollywood Stars to Do Hardcore for Von Trier

CANNES—We don't know much about Lars Von Trier's upcoming film Nymphomaniac except what it says on the Nymphomaniac page of the Internet Movie Database: "A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating"—and it's the final part (well, two parts, actually) of his "Trilogy of Depression," the first two parts of which are Antichrist (2009) and Melancholia (2011)—which, like Nymphomania, star Brit-born Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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Oh; and one more thing: When the film was about to begin production, much of the buzz surrounding it centered on the announcement that many of its main characters—famous Hollywood actors all—would be having hardcore sex on camera. Besides Gainsbourg, this would possibly include Uma Thurman, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Shia LaBoeuf, Willem Dafoe, Stellan Skarsgaard and Christian Slater. (Von Trier is being very closed-mouthed about the details of the film, including who's supposed to get it on with whom, though his producer said that, "It's about religion, about God, about philosophy.")

Sadly, the announcement that some or all of these stars would be getting it on hardcore-style didn't get as much traction in the media as it deserved—and now we know that that early buzz was only partly true.

"We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post we will digital-impose the two," explained Nymphomaniac producer Louise Vesth at the Cannes Film Festival, where the two-part film was supposed to debut this month. "So above the waist it will be the star and the below the waist it will be the doubles."

And while it's sad that audiences won't get to see Beatrix Kiddo and the other cuties bare it all and ball the night away, the very fact that Von Trier will attempt to "use experimental graphical elements" and "double exposures" to simulate the big stars having sex raises a bunch of questions of its own.

For instance, without knowing how many sex scenes are contained in the film, or how closely the "porn stars" hired to do the hardcore resemble the stars they're semi-body-doubling for, we do know that it'll take at least six more months beyond the time they've already spent to do the superimposition so that the match-ups will look real—and only time will tell if Von Trier's editors are actually able to synch up two pairs of moving bodies so they appear to be just one couple... or will it simply be a laugh riot? Nor do we have any idea how much this graphic manipulation will cost Von Trier to accomplish, but we're guessing it's got to be in the hundreds of thousands if not millions of bucks.

Just some things to think about as the lawsuit against Measure B winds its way through the courts, with Intervenor AIDS Healthcare Foundation claiming that the measure doesn't infringe on adult filmmakers' rights because, according to AHF's Motion to Dismiss the complaint, "To be clear, Measure B does not require that condoms or other safety measures appear in the final product or film." [Emphasis in original.] By that, of course, they mean digitally removing from the finished film the condoms, gloves, face masks and other paraphernalia the California Health Code requires that performers wear during sex—so the adult industry should follow with interest just how successful Lars Von Trier will be at performing a similar digital feat... and how much it will cost him to do it!

Pictured: A scene from Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac.

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May

Erotique Entertainment Signs Six Contract Girls

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Erotique Entertainment Signs Six Contract Girls

Posted May 21st, 2013 03:13 PM

LOS ANGELES—Eric John's Erotique Entertainment has signed six adult stars to non-exclusive performing contracts with the company's live broadcast division, ErotiqueTV. All the performers inked to the deal will be exclusively performing live boy/girl feature shows for Erotique while free to work for any adult movie studios they so choose for non-live content.  

The non-exclusive deals went into effect this month and last for one year. 

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The ErotiqueTV contracts call for each of the girls to perform in a certain number of live shows per month. The ErotiqueTV girls are Aleksa Nicole, Raven Bay, Veronica Rodriguez, Allie James, Heather Vahn and Adriana Chechik. All the models are repped by LA Direct Models. 

Erotique started broadcasting live on Labor Day 2010. The company produces 10 shows per week—one or two boy/girl shows per day for a total of 40 shows per month. As John explained, live broadcasting started off as a small division of the company but it's grown into the biggest source of revenue, with Streamate as Erotique's primary broadcasting partner.

As John explained, it was a comment by Rodriguez that got him thinking about signing girls to non-exclusive contracts. When he was preparing a press release for a live show the pair filmed, Rodriguez said something to the effect of that she wished she could only do live cams for Erotique. This got John's gears turning. 

John said he chose each of the girls because he's worked with them before, and not only was there already a level of comfort in place, but he believes they are among the top performers in the industry. 

"These are some of my favorite people that have been on the show, and it was time that we made a commitment to them and they made a commitment to us to really take this to the next level for the next year," John told AVN. "These girls that are in the industry for the right reasons—they like performing, they like sex, are smart and are in charge of their careers. These are very much the type of people my company has always supported." 

ErotiqueTV's live broadcasts are more than just a cam show, John said. "We are a studio producing a feature show with multiple cameras and good lighting with high-quality as opposed to an amateur setup," he explained. "Our show is dream girls having high-end sex in a professional production in a professional setting." 

The girls, who all except for James visited AVN to make the announcement official, expressed happiness at having a destination place for their live performances. 

"I was really excited to find out," Nicole said. "Eric is really easy to work with and we always put on good shows. I think doing a live broadcast is really important for your career and some girls don't realize that. You can really build a great fan base because it's live interaction—there's no editing—and what you see is real."

John echoed Nicole's comments, saying that the experience of live broadcasting can't be replicated, and that fans feel more connected to the performer because there's a higher level of involvement.  

For Bay, one of the newer performers in the room, she cited the enjoyment she gets from performing with John as one of the things that excite her about the contract. 

"I like having one place my fans can go to see my live performances," Bay said. "I love sex, I'm very open with my sexuality. You get a real performance from me, my orgasms from Eric are real and I think that comes through on camera."

Chechik, who is about five months into her performing career, already understands the importance of live shows. She recently appeared on her first box cover, Pretty.Dirty 6, for New Sensations.

"As one of the newer performers here who's looking to build a name, I think associating myself with this company, and with the other girls here today, is only going to be good for all of us," Chechik said. "I understand how important it is to build a connection with the fans, and I think live performances are a great way to do that."

For four-year industry veteran Vahn, the deal made sense purely from a business standpoint. She likened her fellow girls to sorority sisters that support each other in order to reach similar goals. Vahn also believes the visibility she'll have on ErotiqueTV will benefit her other projects outside of porn including the webisode series she's featured in, Malibu Clout, which begins filming this summer. 

"I'm approaching this from a business standpoint and I believe ErotiqueTV gives me a great platform to promote myself and my name. Getting in touch with my fans is really important," Vahn said. "All the other girls here are beautiful; this is a great group. We're all different but we all know each other and get along well. Eric has always been professional and I really like working with him. This is his company and this makes us like a big family." 

And as Rodriguez explained, doing a featured live show will be a huge promotional tool for her career. 

"I live in Miami, but every month when I'm in LA, I shoot for [Erotique]," Rodriguez said. "What I like about [this deal] is that I can make this a big thing for my fans because this is the only place they can see me live. They will anticipate it. Coming to AVN to announce this shows that we're all planning for this to be fun and to be big. I'm happy because now my fans know exactly where they can see me live every month."

ErotiqueTV broadcasts live programming 24/7/365. ErotiqueTV currently can only be viewed live at the scheduled broadcast times, as the sex is happening.

Morning or early afternoon “ErotiqueTV Sex Daily” broadcasts can be seen here. Late afternoon or evening “Late Night Fantasy” broadcasts can be seen here.

News about the ErotiqueTV girls' live performances will be promoted on Twitter through their personal accounts. Follow all the ErotiqueTV girls on Twitter at @AdrianaChechik, @LilVeronicaR, @HeatherVahn, @RavenBayXXX, @AleksaNicoleXXX, @AllieJamesXXX. Erotique Entertainment, along with John, can be found on Twitter at @Eric_John@ErotiqueEnt, @ErotiqueTV and @ErotiqueStudios.

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May

Minna Life Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Next Toy

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Posted May 21st, 2013 12:49 PM

SAN FRANCISCO—Minna Life, makers of the award-winning Ola vibrator, has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo.com for their newest product, the Limon.

The campaign, which runs for the next month, can be found at http://igg.me/at/limon.

“In developing Limon, we tried to create an approachable, fun product that lets couples and individuals explore and enjoy their sexuality,” says co-founder and CEO Brian Krieger. “Its unique form perfectly leverages our squeezable control technology and its exclusive Rumble Motor Technology packs a powerful punch. With these innovative new features and the company’s revolutionary technology, Minna Life has successfully developed a new standard for improved pleasure and intimacy.” 

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Vibrators and other pleasure products are increasingly becoming part of a healthy sexuality for couples, however, the overwhelming majority of vibrators are not designed with couples in mind. That is what makes Limon so special. Minna Life’s Stanford-trained mechatronics engineers, product designers, and sexperts have developed a product that is just as fun for couples as for singles.

Some features include: 

Squeezable Control: Limon acts as an extension of your body and reacts to your desires—the harder you squeeze, the stronger the vibrations. 

Revolutionary “Rumble” Technology: Limon's unique Rumble Motor Technology makes it the strongest couples vibrator in the world. It focuses vibrations into the tip instead of the hand, creating much stronger sensations compared to competing products. 

Customizable Memory: Everyone’s body is different. Limon's ability to record and replay any pattern you can compose lets you have a completely personalized experience every time you pick it up. 

Unique Shape: Ergonomically designed to be very approachable and fit nicely in the palm of your hand. 

Completely waterproof and composed of body-safe materials: 100 percent phthalate-free, body safe silicone. 

By launching an Indiegogo campaign, Minna Life hopes to achieve the necessary funding to begin manufacturing the product immediately and will then distribute and launch the product to consumers nationwide. For a starting contribution of $89, supporters will receive the Limon at a pre-sale price and help bring the next generation of couples vibrators into bedrooms across the country. 

For more information, visit MinnaLife.com.

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May

Sex Party on Australian Budget: Tax Churches, Not Families!

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Tax Churches, Not Families!

AUSTRALIA—In her response to the government’s just-released budget and opposition leader Tony Abbott’s reply to it, Australian Sex Party President Fiona Patten has called on both sides of the political spectrum to immediately take action to relieve the tax burden on families by overhauling tax concessions provided to churches and religious organizations.

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“At a time when the latest figures are showing that less than 8 percent of Australians are regular church-goers," she said, “it would come as a shock to many Australians that churches are managing to avoid taxes by some billions of dollars.

“A conservative estimate is that income tax exemptions alone to churches and religious organizations cost taxpayers nearly $ 20 billion a year,” she added. “Add to that GST concessions, exemptions from capital gains tax (on property and share trading) and the Fringe Benefits Tax Exemption and the cost to tax payers is staggering.”

Patten said churches own billions of dollars worth of real estate and companies turning over hundreds of millions of dollars a year and all were getting a free ride, care of the Australian tax payer. “We are one of the few remaining countries in the world which allow these sorts of tax breaks for churches,” she said.

Sanitarium, for instance, owned by the Seventh Day Adventists, is said to have nearly 25 percent of the cereal market valued at over $ 300 million dollars, but it is not subject to company tax, she said, adding that the market share that they have been able to achieve is testimony to the unfair advantage they have been given over their tax-paying competitors.

Patten said it is difficult to put an exact figure on the amount of tax lost because churches report to no one. “After years of lobbying against a charities commission,” she said, “the churches finally acquiesced, leading to the newly formed Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), but alas, buried deep in the legislation is an exemption for churches from the reporting requirements placed on other charities.

“The churches argue that the profits of these enterprises go back into their ‘good works,’” she continued. “This may be the case but the total lack of transparency is cold comfort. If all the profits are indeed going back into charitable works well they can be accounted for (and receive a tax deduction) just as a regular company would do.”

Under Australian Taxation Office (ATO) rules, to qualify as a charity an organization will qualify even if its sole purpose is for ‘the advancement of religion’. This means that we are effectively subsidizing everyone from the local priest right through to powerful groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby, who argue against many things that the bulk of Australians belief in, such as same sex marriage, ethics classes, adding RU486 to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and voluntary euthanasia.

 “I will campaign to remove the ‘advancement of religion’ clause from the ATO definition of charity,” Patten concluded. “Furthermore, I am totally committed to abolishing tax concessions for all religions. If their profits are directed to truly charitable causes they should have no fear being accountable just like all other organizations”

The next federal election in Australia takes place Sept, 14, 2013. Liberal/National Coalition leader Abbott leads in three recent polls.

For more information about Australian Sex Party, go here.

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21
May

Chanel Preston Discusses Bank Controversy on ‘TMZ Live’

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HOLLYWOOD—Adult star Chanel Preston's recent 86'ing by City National Bank due to her line of work continues to earn the bank ever more high-profile chastisement, now from TMZ Live, which interviewed Preston late Monday about her experience.

"This is just outrageous. This ... literally makes my blood boil," TMZ cheif Harvey Levin said before bringing Preston onto the show via Skype. (Wait—TMZ is outraged over a business' lack of morals? Just checking.)

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Levin asked Preston to explain what had happened, and she recounted the story she previously told CNBC about learning her new City National account had been shut down due to "compliance issues" when she went in to deposit checks just days after opening it.

She went into a little further detail in this interview, saying, "The reasoning they gave me was fairly evasive, but I know it had something to do with the webcam option on my website, which has nothing to do with the bank. But they weren't very clear about what it was about the webcam. It sort of seemed as if for them it was sort of risky, like I was going to do risky, illegal activity on the webcam and they were not in control of that, but I don't see why that would be their responsibility. The webcam website takes their own precausions to alleviate illegal activity."

Levin then brought up JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s similar recent refusal to do business with softcore producer Marc L. Greenberg, and slammed that bank for its seemingly hypocritical practices. "A U.S. Treasury office of foriegn assets and control found that JPMorgan illegally aided dictatorships in Cuba, the Sudan, Liberia and Iran, including transferring 32,000 ounces of gold bullion for an Iranian bank," Levin quoted. "So that's OK, but it's not OK to loan money or have a bank account for a porn star.

"How screwed up is our country that we would allow banks to operate this way?" he continued. "Banks that we have given billions of dollars to to bail out for their mismanagement, banks that have bankrupted cities by bad financial advice, banks that have done horrible things to people, and they are saying this offends them."

Added Preston, "That's the thing, is they're discriminating against us, and when you do that you're making assumptions about people or industries, whereas there's so many industries or companies that are more unassuming and are really involved in illegal activities, so why are they making that assumption about us just because we have sex on film?"

"This is just absurd," Levin concluded. "This is absurd."

As a happy ending note to Preston's banking travails, she also announced yesterday via Twitter that Union Bank had contacted her personally to let her know that it is adult friendly. The only point of caution there, as she revealed in her next tweet, is that she has no idea how Union Bank got her number.  

She Chanel Preston's full TMZ Live interview here, at the 13:48 mark.

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May

Ninth Circuit Denies Admission to Prenda Law Attorney

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Ninth Circuit Denies Admission to Prenda Law Attorney

SAN FRANCISCO—Ninth Circuit Appellate Commissioner Peter L. Shaw filed an order Friday in a case called Ferreira v Brown that has denied Prenda lawyer Paul Hansemeier admission to the court’s bar in order to represent the objector-appellant in the case. To be more precise, Shaw ruled that Hansmeier’s “application for admission be held in abeyance pending the outcome of his referral to the Minnesota State Bar and the Central District of California Standing Committee on Discipline in Ingenuity 13 LLC v. Doe.”  

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Ingenuity 13, of course, is the now legendary John Doe copyright infringement case that derailed into a criminal inquiry by District Judge Otis D. Wright II, who ultimately issued the sanctions heard ‘round the country. Hansmeier was one of the sanctioned lawyers. The Ninth Circuit also issued a separate ruling in an emergency motion filed by Hansmeier last week seeking a stay of the sanctions pending his appeal; more on that in a minute.

Unfortunately for Hansmeier, and probably also for his co-sanctioned colleagues—Prenda lawyers Paul Duffy, Brett Gibbs and John Steele—the Shaw order is a direct consequence of Judge Wright’s sanctions, which in addition to a doubled monetary fine of over 80 thousand dollars, payable jointly, included referrals to state and federal bar organizations and disciplinary committees; referrals to the United States Attorney for the Central District of California; referrals to the Criminal Investigative Division of the Internal Revenue Service; and the notification of "all judges before whom these attorneys have pending cases."

Shaw’s order also means, as Ars Technica noted, that until Hansmeier is admitted to the Ninth Circuit,” he'll have the right to represent himself, but he will not be able to represent other Prenda-linked parties.”

That part relates back to Hanmeier’s emergency motion filed last week to appeal Judge Wright’s sanctions, which today was also denied by two Circuit judges, who denied it without prejudice “upon the filing and disposition of such request in the district court.” In other words, with Judge Wright, something Hansmeier already mentioned in his emergency motion was doomed to failure.

Among other reasons, he wrote, “The district judge has prejudged the issues such that petitioning the district court for a stay would be futile. When a district court's order demonstrates commitment to a particular resolution, application for a stay from that same district court may be deemed futile and hence impracticable.” Obviously, the two Circuit judges found his arguments unpersuasive.

That’s two appeals court doors shut on Hansmeier, who, according to his University of Minnesota law school buddy John Steele, was the first lawyer in the country, along with Steele, to pursue illegal downloaders in court. Minnesota Public Radio reported today that Steele, who graduated a year ahead of Hansmeier in 2006, “said he got the idea to pursue illegal porn downloads when he was in law school.”

Steele continued, "Me and my partner were the first ones to ever really do it, about three and a half years ago. Clients hoped going after people would scare people away from stealing their content."

All four of the referenced legal documents can be found on TechDirt.

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20
May

2257 Judge Gives His Reasons for Denying Summary Judgment

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—In a "Memorandum and Order Denying Cross Motions for Summary Judgment" filed today in the 2257 lawsuit filed by Free Speech Coalition and 15 other plaintiffs, Judge Michael Baylson detailed his reasons for denying both the Plaintiffs' and Defendant's Motions for Summary Judgment in the case.

Judge Baylson began by referencing the limited number of issues approved for remand by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals just over one year ago—issues which include charges that 2257 and its companion law 2257A are both vague and overinclusive, and that they violate Plaintiffs' rights of free speech and against unwarranted searches and seizures. He also noted that the appeals court had concluded that both laws are "content-neutral," and that therefore, only intermediate scrutiny of them is to be applied, meaning that the laws must still "further [a] compelling government interest" which the judge later describes as "whether the Statutes burden substantially more of Plaintiffs' speech than is necessary to further the government's legitimate interest of protecting children."

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Also open to question at the trial will be whether the laws "leave open ample alternative channels of communication" for explicit sexual speech, or whether "a substantial number of [the statute's] applications are unconstitutional, judged in relation to the statute's plainly legitimate sweep"? Finally, the trial will deal with whether "the inspections under Sections 2257 and 2257A were unconstitutional either because they were unjustified warrantless 'searches' of areas or items in which there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, or because they involved 'common-law trespass'."

However, not included in the upcoming trial will be the question of whether 2257 and 2257A require an unconstitutional "burden shifting"—that is, whether the laws as they currently exist require that "speakers" of sexually explicit material must prove that the material does not contain minors, in violation of the Fifth Amendment's proscription against a defendant being forced to be a witness against himself, or whether the government itself must prove a violation of child pornography laws without any help from the defendant him/her/itself. If the current trial upholds 2257/2257A [herafter just "2257"], that would undoubtedly be a primary issue on appeal.

Judge Baylson then proceeds to analyze both sides' arguments on the above-noted issues. He first rejects Plaintiffs' claims that 2257 sweeps in an incredible amount of non-commercial material such as that held or transmitted on cellphones, non-commercial computers and social networking sites, and that, according to one of Plaintiffs' experts, only two percent of commercial sexually explicit material "depicts persons that could be confused as minors."

Instead, Judge Baylson finds that "there are genuine disputes of material fact that preclude judgment as a matter of law," including whether there actually is all that much non-commercial material that would be subject to 2257 scrutiny. Rather, he gives credence to the government's claims that "[i]t is impossible to determine a person’s age based on visual observation alone," and that "the vast majority of women employed as performers by the pornography industry are either youthful or very youthful looking." Moreover, the judge challenges the Plaintiffs' assertion that "only a small proportion of the persons depicted in commercial pornography are youthful-looking adults," claiming that he will need to hear testimony on the actual number of "youthful-looking adults," and in what to some might appear to be an exercise in paranoia, "whether there is a considerable number of mature-looking individuals below age 18 who might be tempted to participate in commercial pornography and who would be readily hired by producers if there were no record-keeping requirement." (Even absent 2257, however, child pornography laws exist. If an adult producer knowingly hired a mature-looking minor, that producer would face far harsher sentences under child porn laws than s/he would under 2257.)

Also, in what may force an extraordinary amount of further pretrial work, Judge Baylson states that he wants to hear testimony "about the options Congress had before it when fashioning the statutes to further its stated goal of preventing juveniles from participating in the pornography business." (One of those options being... anti-child pornography laws?)

"From Plaintiffs," the memorandum continues, "the Court would benefit from testimony by witnesses regarding what might have been a more appropriate line for Congress to have drawn—i.e., to require record-keeping only from producers who use models over age 30 or 40 or 50. [???] From Defendants, the Court would benefit from testimony as to why any other statutory scheme would not be appropriate, and as to why the prophylactic nature of Sections 2257 and 2257A is the most effective mechanism to further Congress’s intent."

Considering that in the 27 original inspections plus two repeats that the FBI conducted of adult producers in 2006, not one underage performer was found, that evidence should weigh heavily in the plaintiffs' favor—and again, the "most effective mechanism to further Congress’s intent" has to be the anti-child pornography laws which every state has passed, all of which have survived Supreme Court challenge.

Judge Baylson also wants to hear testimony regarding what areas of the inspected adult businesses were searched by the FBI inspectors. The Plaintiffs have claimed that "the FBI entered personal officers [sic], employee break rooms, office conference rooms ... locked rooms where the records ... were stored [and] closed file cabinets," while the Defendant claims that "the inspections were generally limited to publicly-accessible portions of Plaintiffs’ places of business; that 'to the extent [the inspection] involved entering a nonpublic area, it was a consensual entry as well as a very limited one'; and that 'few, if any, inspections involved the inspection team searching the filing cabinet or other location where 2257 records were kept' as opposed to being given the records by the producers." He will also hear argument on whether the FBI, before beginning an inspection, should have obtained a warrant "issue[d by a judge] ... upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

"These questions of fact—concerning the expectations of privacy in the areas searched, the character of the searches and whether they progressed in a cooperative and consensual manner, and the overall reasonableness of the FBI’s conduct—are best resolved through trial, where there is the possibility for in-court testimony, credibility assessments, and cross-examination," Judge Baylson stated in the memorandum. "Given that both parties rely so heavily on FBI reports, the Court also believes it is essential that the FBI agents involved in the investigations be subjected to cross-examination and possible questioning by the Court." (Indeed, the head of the inspection team, FBI Special Agent Charles Joyner, is expected to be present and testify.)

And finally—and one has to wonder if this were not the deciding factor—Judge Baylson essentially states that, considering his firm trial schedule, he would run out of time if he were forced to consider all the "material submitted by both parties on summary judgment [which] stacked together are several feet high, representing hundreds of pages of briefs, allegedly undisputed facts, deposition excerpts, and other exhibits." Instead, although he avers that he's already fairly familiar with all the material submitted, "further research may be required, and that cannot be completed by June 4, 2013."

What all that seems to mean is that the first two weeks in June in the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Philadelphia are going to be very interesting to the adult entertainment community.

Judge Baylson's Memorand and Order can be found here.

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May

Spartacus Founder ‘Big Al’ Peterson Dies

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Posted May 20th, 2013 03:42 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—“Big Al” Peterson, founder of Spartacus Leathers, died May 3, at the age of 85. Spartacus issued the following statement:

“Big Al” Peterson, the man who built Spartacus Leathers from the ground up, passed away surrounded by friends and family Friday, May 3, at the age of 85. The founder of Spartacus, Big Al was a pioneer in the BDSM community. His legacy in the adult industry and commitment to providing handcrafted products made from quality materials has made Spartacus the industry leader.

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Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1928, Big Al immigrated to the United States by boat in 1953 with less than $200 in his pocket. He held his first job at an adult store while completing his master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Indiana. Eventually, the aging store owner passed his business on to Big Al, who was likeable and a hard worker.

Under his ownership, the business saw immense success, and Big Al eventually sold it and moved to San Francisco. After a brief foray into the field of highway construction, he began opening adult novelty businesses, eventually owning stores and video arcades everywhere from Hawaii to Chicago.

Big Al moved to Portland, Ore., in the early 1970s, and lived there for the remainder of his life. Upon settling, he quickly opened several adult stores called Hard Times, which became a very successful Northwest chain. Throughout the years, he opened many other businesses, including restaurants and cafes, and grocery and liquor stores.

A desire to pursue a business in the BDSM industry led Big Al to found Spartacus in 1987. A visionary pioneer of the BDSM product industry, he expanded the business quickly, producing a full line of bondage gear.

Big Al changed the lives of many. On numerous occasions, he provided the opportunity and funding for others to open their own fledgling businesses. He has welcomed hundreds of people into the Spartacus family, and is a friend to all in the adult industry. He is survived by his wife Lynda, three children, two stepchildren, and five grandchildren.

Big Al will be missed by all of us in the adult industry, especially his family here at Spartacus. His pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit will live on in the adult industry.

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May

New Sex Tracker Survey: Mila Kunis Porn #1 Most Wanted

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Posted May 20th, 2013 09:05 AM

LOS ANGELES—The latest Sex Tracker Survey from XCritic.com and Vivid Entertainment places Mila Kunis in the top spot of celebrities adult movie fans would most like to see go porno, overtaking reigning Academy Award Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence in that spot from last month's survey.

The 10th Sex Tracker Survey indicates about 38 percent of fans would like to see Kunis in an explicit role, while Lawrence slipped to second place with about 23 percent. Trailing them are Sofia Vergara at 15 percent, Angelina Jolie at 13 percent and Selena Gomez with just under 10 percent.

The survey also revealed that just over 30 percent of men watch porn with a wife or girlfriend; just under 38 percent said she knows about his porn watching habits but doesn’t partake with him; and 18 percent said there’s no way they would ever watch it together.

More than 80 percent of the respondents said porn stars are equal to or even better looking than mainstream actresses. About three-quarters of those polled said they watch porn in the evening or night, while just 11 percent said they watch in the morning and 14 percent said they watch in the afternoon. The full survey results are available here.

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May

UPDATE - Yahoo Nabs Tumblr (And Its Porn) for a Cool Billion

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LOS ANGELES—Yahoo’s board of directors has voted to acquire Tumblr for a reported $1.1 billion. All Things Digital said yesterday the vote was taken at an undisclosed time, but that it was procedural anyway. Sources close to the board said the acquisition was a foregone conclusion and was unanimously approved,” ATD reported.

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While many reports have speculated on what Yahoo will do with all that porn, the supposed quandary was apparently not a significant consideration for the board. Saturday, Peter Kakfa mused on a few ways Yahoo could either deal with its new porn or dispose of it. Shortly after the news of the vote was leaked (i.e. unofficially announced), he received an email.

“Now that the deal is done,” he wrote in an update to his Saturday story, “a Tumblr backer has piped up to offer a more concise version of my argument: ‘Non-story. Tumblr is the Internet. It’s a dashboard follower model, opt-in.’ That would have saved me a bunch of typing!”

That sounds to us as if Yahoo will live with things as they are for a while. At least they know what they’re getting into. Interesting times.

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In a conference call Monday morning, Yahoo CEO Melissa Mayer spoke directly if obliquely about the "porn question" in a way that should relieve any immediate concerns people might have that their non-brand safe Tumblr pages will be disabled anytime soon, if at all.

According to Huffington Post, Mayer on the call "emphasized that Yahoo wants to 'let Tumblr be Tumblr,' which she suggested would include allowing its numerous X-rated accounts to continue pumping out pornography undisturbed.

"Asked by an investor how Yahoo would balance user and advertiser interests with regard to Tumblr content that is 'not as brand safe as the rest of Yahoo' -- content that presumably includes posts by sexually explicit Tumblrs such as 'Red Hot Porn,' 'Porn and Weed' and 'Secretary Sex' -- Mayer noted that the diversity of Tumblr's content was 'exciting' because it allowed Tumblr, and by extension Yahoo, to reach a far wider audience." 

Mayer did not use the word "pornography" during the call, HuffPo noted, but she nonetheless broke corporate ground by referring to adult fare on Tumblr in surprisingly positive terms. "I think the richness and breadth of content available on Tumblr—even though it may not be as brand safe as what's on our site—is what's really exciting and allows us to reach even more users," she said.

That truly is a remarkable atatement.

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May

Yahoo Nabs Tumblr for a Cool Billion, Porn Notwithstanding

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LOS ANGELES—Yahoo’s board of directors has voted to acquire Tumblr for a reported $1.1 billion. All Things Digital said yesterday the vote was taken at an undisclosed time, but that it was procedural anyway. Sources close to the board said the acquisition was a foregone conclusion and was unanimously approved,” ATD reported.

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While many reports have speculated on what Yahoo will do with all that porn, the supposed quandary was apparently not a significant consideration for the board. Saturday, Peter Kakfa mused on a few ways Yahoo could either deal with its new porn or dispose of it. Shortly after the news of the vote was leaked (i.e. unofficially announced), he received an email.

“Now that the deal is done,” he wrote in an update to his Saturday story, “a Tumblr backer has piped up to offer a more concise version of my argument: ‘Non-story. Tumblr is the Internet. It’s a dashboard follower model, opt-in.’ That would have saved me a bunch of typing!”

That sounds to us as if Yahoo will live with things as they are for a while. At least they know what they’re getting into. Interesting times.

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May

Topless Photog Sues NYC for Being Committed to Mental Hospital

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NEW YORK CITY—Holly Van Voast is a celebrity photographer—a paparazza, if you will—whose schtick is to attend events and photograph them ... while topless and sporting a brown fedora, a Marilyn Monroe wig and a penciled-on "Don Juan" mustache. She calls that character "Harvey Van Toast."

For her profession, it's a guise that makes almost perfect sense. Although Van Voast has said that her attire (or lack of it) "is partially to gain exposure for her friends in the 'punk drag' community" like drag queens Charmin Ultra, Misty Meaner, Mary Jo Cameltoe, Heidi Glum and Cherry Poppins, there's no denying that when she's behind a barricade, trying to photograph celebs on a red carpet walk or in a parade, being female and topless (especially with a hat and mustache) is a surefire attention-getter—and the best shot is almost always the one where the subject is looking directly at the camera!

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But the New York City Police Department (NYPD) hasn't exactly seen it that way. Over the past couple of years, Van Voast has been "stopped, detained, harassed, arrested, summonsed, charged and/or prosecuted" 11 times for such horseshit as "indecent exposure," "public lewdness" and appearing topless "without a permit." Most egregiously, however, was the incident on March 14, 2012, when Van Voast chose to doff her top on Manhattan's ritzy Upper East Side ... right outside the P.S. 6 elementary school. For that, the cops not only arrested her, they had her committed to the psych ward at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she was held "for observation" for six days!

"Plaintiff chose that location to stand specifically to express her opinion that the sight of women's breasts is not dangerous to children, and that claims of 'protecting' children from toplessness were misplaced," her recently filed complaint against the NYPD states.

But that's not all. According to the report on CourthouseNews.com, "[a]fter she appeared topless at the Bronx Day Parade on May 20, 2012, police sent her for evaluation at Montefiore Hospital, where she was handcuffed to a bed for 'an extended period of time,'" and later, "NYPD officers sent her to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital for being topless in front of a Hooters restaurant in Midtown Manhattan."

So, yep, she's suing—and if the city's legal department has any sense, they'll try for a quick settlement, since it hasn't been illegal for a woman (or man) to walk around the city topless for more than 20 years.

Specifically, the case is People v. Ramona Santorelli and Mary Lou Schloss, a 1992 decision by the New York State's Second Appellate Division, involving two women who bared "that portion of the breast which is below the top of the areola" in a Rochester public park. In that case, the appeals court found that Penal Law §245.01, originally enacted in 1967 to "discourag[e] 'topless' waitresses and their promoters," was discriminatory in that it banned public displays of upper-body exposure for women but not for men.

"The statute, they [defendants] urge, is discriminatory on its face since it defines 'private or intimate parts' of a woman's but not a man's body as including a specific part of the breast," the appeals panel wrote. "That assertion being made, it is settled that the People then have the burden of proving that there is an important government interest at stake and that the gender classification is substantially related to that interest. In this case, however, the People have made no attempt below and make none before us to demonstrate that the statute's discriminatory effect serves an important governmental interest or that the classification is based on a reasoned predicate."

But sadly, that case didn't stop the cops' harassment, etc. of Van Voast, so she's filed suit against the city, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and dozens of police officers in U.S. District Court in Manhattan—and her attorneys are prominent civil rights attorneys Ron Kuby and Katherine Rosenfeld.

So not only does Van Voast have an excellent chance of winning the suit (or a large settlement in lieu of a trial), but recently, the NYPD has taken to reminding its patrol personnel during morning roll call—10 consecutive times since February—that  "[i]f they happened upon a topless woman, they were not to arrest her," according to a report published in The New York Times on Wednesday.

In fact, the roll-call reminder was the result of a memo, presumably authored by the city's law department but which is in fact unsourced, that was included in Van Voast's suit.

"Even if the topless display draws a lot of attention, officers are to 'give a lawful order to disperse the entire crowd and take enforcement action' against those who do not comply," reported The Times' J. David Goodman. "Whether the individuals are clothed is not a factor in making a determination about whether the above-mentioned crowd conditions exist."

And it's a good thing the cops are taking this law (and Van Voast's lawsuit) to heart: Seems that, according to the website GoTopless.org, National Go Topless Day this year is Sunday, August 25—and you'd better believe that plenty of New Yorkers are ready to celebrate it!

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May

Asa Akira Talks ‘Gangbanged 6′; Reveals Next Directorial Effort

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Posted May 17th, 2013 04:23 PM

LOS ANGELES—Reigning AVN Female Performer of the Year turned new director Asa Akira's debut directorial effort, Gangbanged 6, stars Alexis Ford in her first-ever gangbang.

Akira told AVN that Ford took on seven lucky studs in her scene, as did Chastity Lynn, who also stars in the movie. Lynn's group scene is the first gangbang she's performed on camera outside of a bondage scenario. 

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Two girls taking on a total of 14 guys definitely is the right recipe for some gangbang fun, Akira reports.

"Both girls went hard," Akira said. "I got home from the first scene and was like, 'Damn! That was more exhausting than getting gangbanged!' And I should know."

Akira seemed to be particularly proud of Ford, who has been consistently upping the ante on her performances as of late.

"Alexis is in the greatest place right now when you want to try everything," Akira said. "It's kind of awesome to watch someone else go through that phase. I feel nostalgic."

Akira also revealed plans for her next directing gig for Elegant Angel, which will be a Club 59 lesbian title. Of course, as the director Akira calls the shots, and decided to perform herself in the movie.

So, Asa, tell us who you're going to be working with…

"I can't say yet, but I texted the girl's agent 'She'll be working with…me! Not joking." 

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May

Seka Releases Autobiography About Her Career in Adult and Out

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LOS ANGELES—Bear Manor Media has just released an autobiography by top adult actress Seka, Inside Seka: The Platinum Princess of Porn, written with Kerry Zukus, a veteran of over 40 books.

All fans of classic adult films know who Seka was: The Virginia-born platinum blonde who entered the adult industry by running a chain of adult bookstores, but who in the early 1970s began doing nude modeling, gradually started acting in loops, and eventually graduated to hardcore features in 1977 when she and husband-to-be Ken Yontz moved to Los Angeles, which was not then quite the center of adult filming that it would become a decade later.

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Seka starred in nearly 100 adult movies, the first of which with any information available about its contents being 1977's Love Notes, directed by Rik Taziner and also starring Rhonda Jo Petty. But the busty blonde quickly caught the attention of several major producers of the time, including Gourmet Video Collection, VCA, Caballero Home Video, Essex Video and Arrow Productions, as well as some of the industry's top directors.

Some of Seka's more popular titles have included Bob Chinn's Blonde Fire and Prisoner of Paradise, Svetlana's Ultraflesh, Anthony Spinelli's Between the Sheets, her self-directed Inside Seka (why does that name seem so familiar?), and her final film, Henri Pachard's American Garter (co-directed by Gloria Leonard).

"Seka’s real life story, though, is as enigmatic as her screen persona," reads the blurb on the Bear Manor website. "She was never a victim—on-screen or off. This is no tale of remorse, abuse, or self-destructive behavior. Seka was post-feminist before the term was born. Inside Seka is the story of a survivor, a trailblazer, and an icon—still one of the most popular and famous porn stars ever; the last of the natural beauties."

Several famous adult stars and personalities—including Bill Margold, who would place her on a "Mount Rushmore of Adult Entertainment"—have also praised the book.

"Before the Jennas, the Bree Olsons, or the Savannas, the undisputed blonde bombshell of XXX movies was Seka, which makes her story so important in the history of adult entertainment," said Ron Jeremy.

"From calling the shots in a film genre in the days when it was completely controlled by men, to standing and being heard at the infamous Meese Commission, Seka shatters the myth of the poor little victim who lost her way," assessed Candida Royalle. "Don’t expect excuses and apologies. This is one blonde bombshell who lives by her own rules."

Even Larry Flynt called her "one of the hottest girls in the XXX business, able to seduce any man she wanted."

Inside Seka can be purchased here, either in softcover or as an e-book.

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May

Bloomberg Addresses Yahoo!, Tumblr and the Porn Question

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LOS ANGELES—Bloomberg News posed a good question today: “If Yahoo Buys Tumblr, What Will It Do With All That Porn?” The Marissa Mayer-run company is reportedly interested in acquiring the popular social network for a cool billion. At any rate, that’s what they apparently think it will cost them to become cool again.

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So, if the sale goes through, what will happen to all that porn? Are we supposed to believe they have considered the more subtle ramifications of a sale? We’re not so sure. Tumblr has been friendly to porn for a long time, but TechCrunch detailed back in August of last year that the bloom was starting to come off the rose as the site was experiencing meteoric growth, most of it the result of new mainstream subdomains.

Tumblr protested at the time, saying it was not so, it still loved its porn; shuttered sex sites countered it was so, and after a while everyone kind of went back to sleep.  But now the question has raised its ugly head again in the aftermath of the sale rumor. At least it did with Bloomberg’s Joshua Brustein, who quipped, “It will be fun to see how these [porn subdomains] are integrated into Yahoo News.”

For many in the industry, however, the question of what might happen to adult-oriented Tumblr pages is not an idle curiosity, but a matter of livelihood. Many performers have pages that they use frequently to post photos of themselves at work or play that they then disseminate to the universe as another prong of their self-marketing. The same, of course, goes for businesses.

In Brustein’s view, however, there might not be that much to worry about. Yahoo! is no Tumblr, but it is certainly not an Apple. Similar to Tumblr, he writes, “Yahoo’s terms of service also warn users that they might encounter adult material in the company’s products, although it does so without using profanity. And like any service that includes user-generated content, Yahoo has had to deal with people indulging in sexual interests that not everyone would approve of.”

If the sale goes through, he concludes, “It’s hard to see the environment getting any friendlier for pornographers on the network. On the other hand, Yahoo may have to tread carefully with suggestive content. There are reasons why Tumblr is popular with young people. Prudishness is not high on that list.”

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May

Chanel Preston: I Was Also Denied a Loan Because of My Job

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I Was Also Denied a Loan Because of My Job

LOS ANGELES—Wednesday, we wrote about the travails of soft-porn king Marc L. Greenberg at the duplicitous hands of JPMorgan Chase. We didn’t know the half of it. It turns out Greenberg is not the only individual to have been thwarted recently in otherwise run-of-the-mill banking because of the institution's reluctance to deal with members of the adult industry. CNBC reported today that adult performer Chanel Preston says she too has been discriminated against by a bank, and it sounds from the article as if there are others.

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“Preston recently opened a business account with City National Bank in Los Angeles,” wrote Chris Morris for the network. “When she went to deposit checks into the account days later, however, she was told it had been shut down, due to ‘compliance issues.’

"[The loan officer] asked me 'are you affiliated with the adult entertainment industry?' When I said yes, she said, 'We will not give you a loan," Preston said after the incident.

“She found the manager she had originally worked with and asked what had happened," reported Morris. "The bank, she was told, was worried about the webcam shows she had on her site and had revoked the account.

“Preston is hardly the only porn star who has had trouble with the banking industry,” he added. “Several performers and porn insiders (who were afraid to go on the record due to possible repercussions from their banks) said they have been denied accounts from a variety of financial institutions.”

Morris also spoke to the FDIC, which reported back that the banks can pretty much have carte blanche. According to spokesperson David Barr, "The decision to open or maintain an account is up to the individual institution. The rules are not prescriptive, which means that the bank must make its own assessment to determine the risks associated with an account and whether that account should be terminated or not opened in the first place."

Needless to say, the relationship between banking institution and the adult “high risk” industry is long and strewn with previous breakups, making life uncertain and challenging especially for many online adult businesses. Not only banks, but the credit card companies change their policies regularly, often making site owners jump through hoops to bring their sites into compliance in order to avoid the ultimate penalty—the closure of an account. Finding a bank that will not only work with an adult business, but is willing to implement card association policies with humanity, is difficult, to be sure, but it certainly can be done.

But even for those with great relationships with their banks, there is no upside to speaking publicly about it. "The people within my [local] bank have urged me to downplay the nature of my business because corporate frowns on it," an industry veteran told Morris.

The fear of repercussions mentioned by the adult performers who spoke with CNBC is shared by our own contacts, whose only interest, after all, is to stay in business. The good news is that for many businesses, as long as things stay low-key the good relationships can last a long time. The bad news is that some banks appear to be getting ever more skittish.

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May

Rocco Reed Announces Retirement

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Posted May 17th, 2013 12:30 PM

LOS ANGELES—Male performer Rocco Reed has decided to retire from performing in adult movies. In a statement sent to AVN, Reed said he felt it was time to pursue other business opportunities.  

"I would like to state that my time in the adult industry in every aspect has now come to an end," Reed said. "I will no longer be living in the Los Angeles area and I'm taking the step to start other business ventures. I would also like to state that I am not or never have been gay, just an adult performer. I am retiring not because of any other reason than its time to move on. Thanks."

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Reed was a prolific performer during his time in the straight side of the adult industry, shooting more than 300 scenes per year at the height of his popularity. He shot for virtually all of the major companies and also directed for Penthouse Studios. 

Then last June, Reed surprisingly announced that he was moving over to the gay side of the industry and accepted a six-month contract from online gay network Men.com. It was an unprecedented move for such a prolific male performer.

Before hitting the adult entertainment scene, Reed was a mainstream actor, with credits including several independent films and work for such high-profile production entities as HBO. The HBO project, Life on Top, took Reed across the globe where filming took place in Bucharest, Romania. One of his latest independent films, Who I Should Have Been, challenged the actor by playing the part of a man who appears to have everything but realizes he has nothing in his obsession to obtain it all. 

Reed also was seen in print and on the runways modeling for such clients as Structure, MEK, Armani, Calvin Klein, Ed Hardy and Guess. 

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May

Why Google Glass When You Can Durango?

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Why Google Glass When You Can Durango?

LOS ANGELES—Oh, please. Just because Google makes a pair of glasses that contains a camera, everyone assumes it must be God’s gift to porn. Ever since Google Glass(es) were announced, in fact, the GG/porn inevitability has practically become a meme. But it’s a fake meme of sorts, a mainstream meme, if you will, and never forget that whenever the mainstream comes a-calling for a quote, the ultimate media whore industry will oblige.

The virtual reality, however, is that Google Glass represents the epitome of Porn Chic hype, no matter how many people extol the amazing potential of the glasses, especially when it comes to POV shoots. Sorry to burst the bubble, but there already is eyewear available that does the same thing for a lot less money. Take the Pivothead Durango. Reviewed by CNET in June of 2012, they cost $350, compared with $1500 for Google Glass.

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“Smack dab between the eyes of the glasses is a lens with an 8-megapixel Sony CMOS sensor behind it capable of capturing full HD MP4 format video at 30 frames per second as well as 8-megapixel stills,” wrote CNET. “And since the storage, battery, and controls are all built into the glasses, there's no extra bits to worry about. Just put them on and start shooting.”

Of course, Google Glass is a lot more than just a camera. Equipped with an operating system, they can do things that no other eyewear even wants to do. According to a review published this month by CNET of the Google Glass Explorer Edition intended for developers and early testers, “Glass takes photos and videos, sends text messages, engages in FaceTime-like Google Hangouts, makes phone calls, searches Google, and gets turn-by-turn navigation with maps. It can show the weather, the time, and headlines from The New York Times that have been pushed to the device, with spoken headline summaries. For now, anyway, that's about it. Some features require tethering -- GPS-based functions that use the phone, such as turn-by-turn directions. Others, like Google Hangouts and Google Search, can also be performed over Wi-Fi. When offline, Glass only takes photos and videos.”

The consumer version of Google Glass, adds CNET, will arrive sometime in 2014. In the meantime, “App developers and Google will be using this model to develop software and experiences that will be incorporated into the consumer version.”

In the end, Google Glass use by producers in the adult industry will probably be determined by whether these other functions are porn-shoot useful. But whether they are used professionally or not, expect a number of people in the business to purchase them the second they are available, even if it is just to play with them. The reason for that is simple. They won’t be able to help themselves.

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May

Release Date Set for Harry Sparks’ ‘Vampire Mistress’

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Release Date Set for Harry Sparks' 'Vampire Mistress'

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—The debut title from director Harry Sparks' new production studio Sparks Entertainment, long in-the-works epic The Vampire Mistress, begins shipping through Exile Distribution May 29 and becomes available at online and brick-and-mortar retailers June 5.

This is the first title to be distributed under Sparks' exclusive two-year deal with Exile. To celebrate the movie's impending release, star Dani Daniels hosts a party tonight at Eden Nightclub in Hollywood from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The party is presented by Jamie Barren, with DJ Five Star spinning music. Ten guests will win Vampire Mistress posters signed by Daniels. Eden is located at 1650 Schrader Blvd. Attendees must be 21 or over. To RSVP, email info@therubpr.com with your name and the number of people in your party.

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See the trailer for The Vampire Mistress here.

For sales inquiries, contact Howard Levine at (800) 584-2960 or howard@exiledist.com.

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6th Circuit Affirms: No Privacy Expectation for File-Sharers

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No Privacy Expectation for File-Sharers

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in USA v. William Conner that people who use peer-to-peer networks cannot expect the same level of privacy they have when sending or receiving emails. In fact, they can’t expect any real privacy at all. The decision affirmed a lower court ruling handed down against William Conner, who was convicted by a jury in 2011 of four counts of receipt of visual depictions of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Connor had made the files available on the LimeWire file-sharing service, which is currently disabled.

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Connor was sentenced by Circuit Judge Julia Smith Gibbons to 360 months in prison, after which he appealed the conviction and sentence, arguing that “the district court erred by concluding that he did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in files he made publicly available on the LimeWire ‘peer-to-peer’ file-sharing service and finding that Conner’s crimes 'involved . . . distribution' under the Sentencing Guidelines because of his use of LimeWire.” The sheriff’s deputy assigned to monitor child pornography possession and distribution on LimeWire, he said, had committed an “unlawful, warrantless search under the Fourth Amendment” when he “identified a computer connected to LimeWire that was making ‘hundreds of files with titles indicative of child pornography’ available for download,” that was later identified as belonging to Connor.

In addressing the question whether Connor in fact had a “legitimate expectation of privacy,” the three-judge panel had to answer the question only partly in the affirmative. The questions were explicated in a 2000 case, Bond v. United States:

First, we ask whether the individual, by his conduct, has exhibited an actual expectation of privacy; that is, whether he has shown that “he [sought] to preserve [something] as private.” . .. Second, we inquire whether the individual’s expectation of privacy is “one that society is prepared to recognize as reasonable.”

But the court quickly determined that “Conner’s argument fails because his expectation of privacy is not ‘one that society is prepared to recognize as reasonable.’”

Connor tried to argue, per United States v. Warshak (2010), that “third-party access to information on one’s computer is consistent with a reasonable expectation of privacy in that information,” but while the court agreed that “the government could not compel a commercial ISP to turn over the contents of a subscriber’s e-mails without a warrant,” the same is not true for files shared via peer-to-peer networks.

Unlike with emails, it reasoned, “Computer programs like LimeWire are expressly designed to make files on a computer available for download by the public, including law enforcement. Peer-to-peer software users are not mere intermediaries, but the intended recipients of these files. Public exposure of information in this manner defeats an objectively reasonable expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.”

Perhaps of more direct concern to Connor, the panel also affirmed the lower court’s sentence—240 months for the visual-depictions counts and 120 months for the possession count, to be served consecutively—which included an enhanced prison term for distribution, allowed under Sentencing Guideline § 2G2.2 (b)(3)(F).

Connor argued two points. First, “that the ‘distribution’ enhancement does not apply to him. Second, he asserts that because he ‘did not intend to traffic in, or distribute,’ child pornography, the district court should have awarded him a two-level reduction.”

But the panel determined that both claims lack merit. First, it noted that under the aforementioned section, a defendant engages in “distribution” when his or her conduct involves:  

…any act, including possession with intent to distribute, production, transmission, advertisement, and transportation, related to the transfer of material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor. Accordingly, distribution includes posting material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor on a website for public viewing but does not include the mere solicitation of such material by a defendant.

Second, it found that section 2G2.2 (b)(3)(F) does not require “proof of an ‘intent to distribute,’”  but rather found that, “The offense conduct only needs to ‘involve[]. . . distribution’ for the enhancement to apply, and ‘distribution’ is any act ‘related to the transfer of material.”

The panel concluded, “We agree with the government that knowing use of LimeWire, much like the posting of a file on a website, is sufficient to trigger section 2G2.2(b)(3)(F)’s two-level enhancement.”

The affirmation of the enhanced sentence for such conduct is supported, the panel stated in its ruling, by several other circuits. “While defendants in some of these cases have argued that they had ‘no knowledge that [their] computer[s] [were] equipped to distribute’ child pornography,” it wrote, “courts have not required the government to prove such knowledge.”

Only the Eighth Circuit has “held that the presumption that users of peer-to-peer software understand they are sharing files with others can be rebutted by the defendant… In United States v. Durham, 618 F.3d 921 (8th Cir. 2010), the Eighth Circuit relied on this language to reverse a district court’s imposition of the ‘distribution’ enhancement on a defendant that used peer-to-peer software. The defendant in Durham showed that another person had installed file-sharing software on the defendant’s computer.”

In this case, however, “Conner cannot point to ‘concrete evidence of ignorance’ in the record that would raise the issue the Durham court confronted; the only evidence on this topic that is in the record points in the government’s favor. Conner’s sister testified that [Connor’s niece, Bobby] Lawwell had shown her and Conner how to use LimeWire. Conner made ‘hundreds’ of files available for download, and the forensic computer examiner found numerous child pornography files on Conner’s computer with file paths indicating the images were downloaded from and being shared on LimeWire.”

The panel concluded, “For these reasons, we affirm the judgment of the district court.”

The ruling can be read here.

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May

Baci Lingerie Celebrating Newest DV Love Boutique Stratosphere

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Baci Lingerie Celebrating Newest DV Love Boutique Stratosphere

Posted May 17th, 2013 07:00 AM

LAS VEGAS—Baci Lingerie will help Déjà Vu’s open its newest DV Love Boutique location, inside Las Vegas landmark Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, at an Alice In Wonderland-themed party May 25.

“Baci is thrilled to be a part of the new DV Love Boutique inside the Stratosphere,” said Baci Lingerie Director of Sales and Operations Alicia Sinclair. “The DV Love Boutique brand is synonymous with positive sexuality, and we couldn’t be happier to team up as we take things to the next level. The launch party is going to be so much fun, and we’re looking forward to enjoying the evening and ‘Celebrating Every Woman’ with the public!”

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The evening will include complimentary sweets, drinks, and giveaways.

The “Lost in Wonderland” event begins with a Red Carpet at 7 p.m. and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 p.m. A DJ, along with go-go dancers wearing red heart pasties, will perform in the large store windows; cocktail waitresses, dressed as White Rabbits, will pass out champagne and Wonderland-themed cocktails throughout the evening.

Other “Tea Party”-themed foods, treats, and alcohol will be available to attendees. All media attending will also receive a special Media Gift Bag of goodies.

A highlight of the evening is an appearance by 2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair, who will hold court as the Queen of Hearts. She will be available for autographs and photographs with the public from 8-9 p.m.

For more information about the DV Love Boutique Stratosphere and the “Lost in Wonderland” store launch celebration, visit Facebook.com/DVLoveBoutiqueStratosphere.

“DV Love Boutique Stratosphere opened for business in April of 2013,” said Déjà Vu General Manager Megan Swartz. “Our new location is sure to blow you away with its unique design and whimsical atmosphere.”

The new DV Love Boutique Stratosphere makes available a variety of products; from lingerie, shoes, fetish items, lubricants, and adult films, to games, books, bachelorette party needs, and more – the location offers items fit for all budgets. A prominent display by Baci Lingerie adorns the store’s interior as a Featured Section.

“We felt Memorial Day weekend would be perfect for our Wonderland-themed store launch celebration,” Swartz added. “We have many fun treats in store for the Grand Opening.  Alicia Sinclair of Baci Lingerie and I are working together to put on an event that will definitely not be easily forgotten! She has shown so much support for this store, and her hard work and efforts are truly remarkable. We’re all very excited to share our efforts with the public.”

Throughout the evening, party attendees will be able to view new styles from Baci Lingerie’s Dreams collection (Dreams Volume 2), and the refreshed White Label.

The Dreams 2 collection is the second volume of its acclaimed line of bedroom costumes. The fantasy collection contains 12 new styles of erotic bedroom costumes ranging from naughty maids to sexy schoolgirls. In addition to One Size and S/M and M/L sizing, all styles in Dreams Volume 2, as well as ten of the original best sellers from the Dreams collection, are available in Diva (1X-2X) and Queen (3X-4X) sizing, keeping with Baci’s commitment to release all new collections in plus sizes.

DV Love Boutique Stratosphere is located on the second floor retail level of the Stratospere Hotel and Casino, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas. To RSVP for the “Hard Opening” store launch party, follow the store on Facebook; for additional information, call DV Love Boutique Stratosphere at (702) 802-5700.

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May

Judge Denies Motions for Summary Judgment in 2257 Case

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Judge Denies Motions for Summary Judgment in 2257 Case

PHILADELPHIA, PA—In a move that reportedly came as a complete surprise to attorneys for the Free Speech Coalition and other plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the federal recordkeeping and labeling law, 18 U.S.C. §2257, as well as those for the defendant, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Judge Michael Baylson today sent a letter to counsel stating that he would deny the Motions for Summary Judgment that each side had filed in the case last Friday.

"The judge said that he would deny the Motions and would send the case to trial on the merits," said J. Michael Murray, the lead attorney for the Plaintiffs, "and he indicated that he will issue a Memorandum early next week explaining his reasoning. But we're very excited about the fact that we are definitely going to trial, and the government will not be given summary judgment in this case, and so we're excited about presenting all of our evidence on both our First and Fourth Amendment claims, beginning on June the 3rd."

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Judge Baylson's letter was unexpected in part because in most cases, judges spend days or weeks examining all of the arguments presented in Motions, and in particular, Motions for Summary Judgment, because were the judge to decide to grant one side or the other's Motion, the case would end there, subject to appeal. But the issues raised in the Motions were very complex, and with the judge, who had previously granted only a relatively short period for the attorneys to conduct discovery, having already set a firm timetable for the start of the trial, the ruling against both sides' motions could be seen as a sign that he expects the issues raised in the Motions to be argued at the trial in a more dynamic exchange between the parties.

At issue at the trial will be whether the 2257 law is unconstitutionally overbroad, in that it includes sexually explicit videos and web fare of persons who are unquestionably adults and would never be mistaken for minors, and also encompasses far more material than just that produced by the adult entertainment industry. Some of the imagery covered by 2257 and its companion 2257A include sexually explicit photos sent via cellphone ("sexting"); home videos made by husbands and wives, or girlfriends and boyfriends, which are meant to be used either for their own private pleasure, or to be traded with other like-minded couples; websites that allow couples or singles to stream sexual activities for the enjoyment of other remote viewers; photos and videos that appear on social networking sites; privately-commissioned sexy photographic portraits; internet webcasts of the yearly Masturbat-a-thons; documentaries of adult performers or others whose stories involve explicit sexual activities; and many more. All of the above are technically covered under 2257 or 2257A, thus requiring recordkeeping of the participants and labels affixed to the end products identifying who keeps those records and where, but at this point, the laws have only been applied to adult video producers and webmasters.

Also dealt with at the trial will be the Fourth Amendment violations committed by those charged with inspecting adult companies' records—at last count, 29 companies, all in 2006, none of which reportedly passed such inspection on the first try. (Some of the "violations" included such minutae as failure to keep the records in alphabetical order.) The 2257/2257A laws provide that the companies to be inspected are given no prior notice of the inspections, and the inspections are done without a warrant having been issued by a judge in response to a law enforcement officer's recitation of probable cause. (Reportedly, out of roughly 2500 adult performers whose records were checked, only one was alleged to be of a minor, and since that claim was dropped by the Justice Department before any legal proceedings could be started, it is likely that on further checking, the identification of a minor turned out to be a mistake.)

Another problem with the law is that any company or person producing sexually explicit content must make his/her/its records available for inspection at least 20 hours per week, and one of the Plaintiffs' allegations is that for individuals who webcam or take photographs that would be covered under the law, it may be nearly impossible for those entities to set aside 20 hours of their week to wait for that possible knock on the door from 2257 inspectors.

There are many other issues dealing with the Plaintiffs' First and Fourth Amendment rights included in the Motions for Summary Judgment, but apparently, those too will now be dealt with at the trial.

Since the costs of freeing the adult industry from the expensive and time-consuming burdens of 2257/2257A are already in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Free Speech Coalition has asked that all personnel in, and fans of, the adult industry donate however much they can to offset these expenses. Donations can be made online here, or a check or money order can be mailed to Free Speech Coalition, P.O. Box 10480, Canoga Park, CA 91309.

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Party Set To Promote Angelina Valentine’s New Companies

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Party Set To Promote Angelina Valentine's New Companies

Posted May 16th, 2013 03:42 PM

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Angelina Valentine has announced a party Memorial Day weekend to officially launch her new production and clothing company, Sexually Disturbed Media.

“I’ve been waiting for months to announce my new company, but the time is right,” says Angelina Valentine. “I see a lot of big things in the future for Sexually Disturbed Media, including some amazing projects and sexy clothes.”

Thrown by Jamie Barren, the red carpet event will take place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, May 26, at the Supperclub, 6675 Hollywood Blvd.

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To promote the company and the event, Valentine has been making the rounds on the interview circuit. She’s appeared on the Naughty Podcast and multiple shows on SiriusXM’s Radio Sex. Her interview with Peeperz Radio that lets her fans get to know her extremely up close and personal has been posted as a featured article this week—listen to it by going to Peeperz.com.

Last week, she was the special guest on Neil Strauss’ Inner Circle. The taped show is airing all weekend starting at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST Friday, May 17, and will be rebroadcast multiple times throughout the weekend. SiriusXM subscribers can listen to the show “On Demand” at SiriusXM.com or online at m.SiriusXM.

The company will be launching their website soon, but has started a Brand Page on Facebook.com. Make sure to “like” the page to keep up with all the new projects and events.

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Dotcom Wins Minor Court Battle in Extradition Saga

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NEW ZEALAND—Megaupload. Remember that? It was the world’s biggest file hosting service back in the day, until the U.S. federal government in January 2012 decided to file criminal charges against its founder, Kim Dotcom, and seize all of its assets and domains with the help of New Zealand authorities, who raided Dotcom’s luxurious homes and seized his expensive cars. Well, the case is still ongoing, and the feds are still fighting in court to get Dotcom extradited to the United States, where they plan to try him on criminal charges related to alleged copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering. Dotcom is fighting tooth-and-nail to keep that from happening.

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In many ways, the Dotcom extradition case is unique and precedential in that it represents the first time that the United States government has sought to reach beyond its borders in such a tangible (i.e., violent) way to hold a foreign national criminally liable for copyright-related crimes. Not only Dotcom, but the New Zealand courts and several NZ legislators have become increasingly troubled by the seemingly extrajudicial manner by which the U.S. and New Zealand authorities have conducted themselves, up to and possibly including engaging in illegal activity.

Today, the New Zealand Supreme Court gave Dotcom a minor victory when it ruled that his lawyers will be allowed to argue before the High Court why U.S. prosecutors should be forced to hand over all the evidence they have gathered against Dotcom. “New Zealand government lawyers,” reported Ars Techina, “have been arguing, on behalf of the US, that he should not be given the right to see those documents and that the extradition issue should be decided without lengthy discovery.”

The hearing is set for July 30, which is perilously close to the extradition trial, which in December 2012 was rescheduled by a New Zealand court for this August. At the time, it seemed like an interminable delay and a victory of sorts for Dotcom, whose antics in the interim have included launching a new file-sharing service in January called Mega and penning an open letter to Hollywood, but now, with August fast approaching, the day of reckoning appears to be nigh.

Unless, of course, the New Zealand Supremes tell the U.S. prosecutors they have to fork over all the evidence. If that happens, look for another year-long delay.

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