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Mounting Breaches: Are You Paying Enough Attention to Internet Security?

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention to the news, there is an epidemic in the online world and it’s getting worse. Last month JPMorgan Chase announced that 76 million households were affected by a recent security breach in which many individuals had their personal information stolen by hackers. To put things in perspective, JPMorgan Chase has 65.8 million open accounts including 30.1 million checking accounts. It’s the second largest mortgage originator in the U.S., and the third largest auto-lender not owned by a car manufacturer. According to the Identify Theft Resource Center, there have been 579 data breaches this year, a 27.5 percent increase over the same period last year. In addition to JPMorgan Chase, reportedly, Target, P.F. Chang’s, Jimmy John’s, Neiman Marcus, Michaels and Sally Beauty Supply have all recently fallen victim to massive hacks and data theft. Millions of pieces of data including names, birthdates, addresses, telephone numbers, drivers license numbers, credit card numbers and more are now in the hands of individuals with bad intentions. This sensitive data is being traded, sold and utilized unbeknownst to individuals all over the world. Sadly, the media doesn’t find all data breaches juicy enough to make the…

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Porn.com Recovered by Adult Entertainment Lawyer Corey D. Silverstein

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE We can now confirm that Porn.com, one of the largest and top adult entertainment websites in the world, was recently “hijacked” by an unknown third party. Porn.com was originally purchased in 2007 for $9.5 million making it the 3rd most expensive domain of all time. Since learning of the hijacking, Porn.com’s attorneys Corey D. Silverstein, and Paul Keating, with the assistance of Larry Walters have worked tirelessly to recover Porn.com and return it to its rightful owner. Porn.com is presently in transit back to domain registrar Moniker. The domain was recovered through the diligent efforts of Porn.com's legal team, in cooperation with the registrars and Verisign. At no time did Porn.com consider payment of any ransom or settlement fee to retrieve its rightful property. As a result of Porn.com’s legal team’s efforts, despite the hijacker’s malicious attempt to steal Porn.com, at no time was day-to-day business affected at Porn.com and consumer experience was not impacted in the slightest. Porn.com and its attorneys continue to conduct a detailed investigation into how this event occurred and intend to hold all responsible parties accountable for their actions. During this unfortunate event, Porn.com’s attorneys utilized all available tools including but not…

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Adult Website Law at the Qwebec Expo

Internet Lawyer / Adult Entertainment Lawyer, Corey D. Silverstein, returns to the Qwebec Expo to discuss the latest in xxx related law and legal issues. For the third straight year, I have been invited to attend and present at the annual Qwebec Expo in Montreal, Canada. This year's Qwebec Expo takes place August 14-17, 2014 at the Marriott Chateau Champlain. Newbies Seminar - Friday, August 15th, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:15pm Today's, newbies are coming from all walks of life, different business verticals, different cultures. But they all have one thing in common, they think out-of-the-box and are all eager to succeed. This is a seminar where the only stupid question is the one not asked. Some will learn some new stuff, some won't depending on how long you've been in the industry. How to get started and how to do with what you already have. Domain Names, Sponsors, Traffic, Programs, Softwares, etc... This seminar will be moderated by Tim Henning from the ASACP (Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection). Legal Q & A  - Saturday, August 16th, 2014 - 10:00am - 10:45am For the past two years, the Legal Q & A has been a no-holds-barred discussion about some of…

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Revenge Porn: Is a Federal Criminal Ban Imminent

According the National Conference of State Legislatures, “revenge porn” is defined as “the posting of nude or sexually explicit photographs or videos of people online without their consent, even if the photograph itself was taken with consent. A spurned spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend may get revenge by uploading photographs to websites, many of which are set up specifically for these kinds of photos or videos. The victim’s name, address and links to social media profiles are often included with the images, and some websites charge a fee to have the materials removed.” In case you haven’t noticed, numerous states across the U.S., the U.S. federal government and various provinces in Canada have been quite busy in 2013 and 2014 in their attempt to fight back against the revenge porn epidemic. Revenge porn has been labeled by lawmakers as a form of “cyberbullying” that is a wildfire raging out of control. Numerous jurisdictions have already passed or are in the process of passing laws that make revenge porn a serious crime. For example, Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer, recently signed a law that makes it a felony to post intimate images of others online without their consent. Under Arizona law, perpetrators of…

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Adult Entertainment Lawyer at the XBiz Summit

According to Xbizsummit.com the "XBiz Summit is the online industry's top event of the summer bringing together top decision-makers from across the United States, Canada and Europe for three days of boundless business-networking and deal-making opportunities." This year's XBiz Summit takes place from May 13, 2014 - May 16, 2014, at the Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. The XBiz summit provides an incredible lime-up of networking events, workshops, presentations and social gatherings. Adult Entertainment Lawyer Corey Silverstein will be in attendance at this year's XBiz Summit and will be participating in numerous networking events, and workshops. For those of you looking for a dose of internet law, the XBiz Summit is exactly where you can find it.  At this year’s XBiz Summit, I will be taking part in the following seminars. Feel free to contact me prior to the show if you would like to schedule some one-on-one time. Adult entertainment law and internet law remain two of the most important aspects of entering the adult industry and I encourage anybody thinking of starting an adult entertainment business to attend this tradeshow. Thursday, May 15, 2014: 1:00pm - 2:00pm; Mona Lisa Ballroom Legal Audience Q & A Here's…

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Legal Sense: Tradeshow Etiquette

Instead of writing an article about a specific legal issue that the adult industry may be facing at the moment, I decided to write about something that has bothered me for quite some time. There is no shortage of tradeshows in the adult industry; in fact, some may argue that there may be too many tradeshows at the moment (I’ll save that discussion for another day). Nonetheless, like many other mainstream industries, tradeshows are an invaluable tool in the adult industry. The people who plan and present tradeshows spend a great deal of time and energy planning, organizing and ensuring that the events go smoothly for the benefit of its attendees. One thing that we can all agree on, is that tradeshows are expensive. Tradeshows are expensive in both money and your time. In terms of money, the costs associated with attending a tradeshow include, travel expenses, lodging, meals, entertainment and admission. Then of course there is your time; time away from your family, time away from the office, time away from doing whatever is included in your daily routine. So with the large financial and personal investment required to attend a tradeshow, you should be making the absolute most…

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Acquiring Online Businesses

2013 was a busy year in the online adult industry; especially in terms of business purchases, sales and mergers. Online businesses were purchased at record prices in 2013 and I expect that 2014 will continue the trend. This is the first of a series in which I will discuss some of the more important do’s and don’ts when purchasing an online adult business. This article is not meant to replace the services of an attorney nor is it meant to be an inclusive list of everything that a purchaser should do. Part 1 will focus on a purchase from a buyer’s perspective while Part 2 will focus on a purchase from a seller’s perspective. Keep watch for Part 2 in XBIZ World. Due Diligence I am always amazed by how many purchasers contact my office in the course of purchasing an online business and have no idea what they are buying. The seller of an online business or any business for that matter is always going to present its business in the most favorable light in order to attract more potential buyers and obtain a better purchase price. As the saying goes “don’t buy a book by its cover;” do…

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Adult Entertainment Attorney Corey D. Silverstein at Phoenix Forum

Adult Entertainment Attorney Corey D. Silverstein, returns to the Phoenix Forum. This years Phoenix Forum, presented by CCBill, returns to the Tempe Mission Palms in Tempe, Arizona from March 27, 2014 to March 29, 2014. This year's Phoenix Forum is going to be an amazing tradeshow with incredible events for all attendees. For those of you looking for a dose of xxx law, the Phoenix Forum is exactly where you can find it.  At this year's Phoenix Forum, I will be taking part in the following seminars. Feel free to contact me prior to the Phoenix Forum if you would like to schedule some one-on-one time. Adult industry law remains one of the most important aspects of entering the adult industry and I encourage anybody thinking of starting an adult entertainment business to attend this tradeshow. Seminar #1 Thursday, March 27 2014 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Fundamentals – Palm E Business 101 Description: With extensive experience and backgrounds spanning the industry, esteemed panelists offer a glimpse into what it takes to own, operate and optimize an online adult business in today’s diverse environment. Topics include legal issues, mobile strategies, effective billing, and payment services. Seminar #2 Thursday,…

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XBIZ Adds Industry Attorney Corey D. Silverstein to Blog Lineup

LOS ANGELES - XBIZ is pleased to announce the addition of adult industry attorney Corey D. Silverstein to its roster of distinguished blog columnists. Silverstein’s blog, "Law Between the Sheets," which begins today, provides business and legal commentary on the adult entertainment business. Silverstein, an acclaimed litigator and dispute resolution specialist, is the managing and founding member of Silverstein Legal. His practice focuses on representing all areas of the adult industry, and his clientele includes hosting companies, affiliate programs, content producers, processing companies, website owners and performers, among others. His practice also concentrates on complex contracts, business structure and formation. Silverstein has been quoted and published in mainstream media, including The New York Times, FOX News, MSNBC, the Miami Herald, the Washington Post and the Detroit News. "It is a pleasure and an honor to join XBIZ as a blogger and to join so many other great adult industry personalities who have been blogging for XBIZ before me," Silverstein said. "I look forward to this opportunity to share my ideas and hopefully provide some new insights into legal and business issues that the adult industry faces on a daily basis." XBIZ Executive Editorial Director Don Parret said that he's "very pleased to…

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Adult Entertainment Lawyer Corey D. Silverstein to Present at FSC Summit

Adult Entertainment Lawyer, Corey D. Silverstein, will be appearing and presenting at the annual Free Speech Coalition (FSC) Summit at the W Hotel, Hollywood, California on January 22, 2013. This year's FSC Summit & Awards, takes place from January 22, 2013 to January 24, 2014 at the W Hotel in Hollywood, California. The 2014 FSC Summit & Awards is a pair of annual trade events designed to address current and emerging industry issues, promote multi-sector collaboration and celebrate leadership in business. As part of the 2014 FSC Summit & Awards, adult entertainment lawyer, Corey D. Silverstein, will be presenting an exciting and thought provoking seminar entitled "When the cops come knocking." This seminar will focus on preparing members of the pleasure products and adult entertainment industry on proper techniques in responding to law enforcement and/or government officials. Law enforcement can strike at any moment and adult industry members need to understand how to not prejudice themselves or improperly supply any testimony or evidence to law enforcement. Year after year, there has been a steady increase in law enforcement activity in the adult industry from agencies such as the FBI, FTC, OSHA, local police, and DHS; this seminar will explore and…

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