Attorneys Corey D. Silverstein and Lawrence Walters (firstamendment.com) announced that effective December, 2012, they have entered into a mutual of-counsel relationship. Walters and Silverstein will serve as of-counsel to each others law firms in order to expand the services, resources and locales of both firms. The of-counsel relationship will permit the two firms to share resources, strategies, research and experience for the benefit of all of their respective clients. Of-counsel is often the title of an attorney who works at a law firm but is not an associate or partner. Welcome Larry; its great to have you!
It’s been a busy time for adult industry legal news, with stories popping up on websites, blogs, television stations and message boards. In the past few months we have seen the obscenity conviction of Ira Isaacs, renewed life in the Free Speech Coalition’s battle against the constitutionality of 18 U.S.C. 2257, the failure of SOPA, the ongoing war against piracy, and, of course, condom regulations in Los Angeles. Countless words have been expended discussing these important issues, with more to come in the future. In addition to the hurricane of headlines, the United States is heading toward a turbulent election. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will challenge his Democratic opponent, President Barack Obama, in what will be the most expensive political campaign in the history of the world. Make no mistake about it; the outcome of this election could have substantial ramifications for the adult industry. I encourage all of you United States voters to be fully informed about the candidates before casting your vote. But as essential as all of these issues are, what should matter more to you, the adult industry professional, are the day-to-day details of running your business. And these mundane details can be overlooked in…
I am pleased to announce that I will be co-presenting this year's legal seminar at the Internext trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 16, 2012 at 3:00pm. This year's seminar is entitled: Protecting Your Online Brand; Trademarks, Licenses and Affiliate Agreements. In an increasingly complex adult industry, the protection of your intellectual property has never been more important. This seminar is a MUST for everyone in the adult industry. More details to come soon. See you all there.
I am excited to let you all know that I have been invited as a panelist at the 2011 Phoenix Forum. Friday April 1, 2011 from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm come on join me for the Legal Symposium. How do you keep ahead of changing laws and protect your business? The legal symposium will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about various legal issues related to the Adult Industry. Included will be a discussion about the value and cost of pursuing content theft and piracy vs. the value and cost of not pursuing. What are the benefits to the defendant and to the plaintiff? Is it worth it? Are there other options? Please visit http://thephoenixforum.com/ for more information.
After missing the 2010 show, I am pleased to let you all know that I will be present at the Phoenix Forum from Thursday March 31, 2011 through Sunday April 3, 2011. I encourage you to contact me today to arrange for a meeting. See you there! For more information please visit http://thephoenixforum.com/
Would you buy a house without a deed? Would you buy a car without getting its title? Or do you blindly sign every document that shows up in the mail promising free money? I'm assuming that you answered all of those questions with a "no." So why is it that most people are smart enough not to engage in the ridiculous examples mentioned above, yet when it comes to contracts and people in the adult industry, I find myself dealing with clients every day who either rushed into an agreement without a written contract, didn't consult with a lawyer prior to making a contract, and/or didn't understand the terms of a contract before they signed it? First, a simple definition of a "contract:" a contract is an agreement between two or more parties that is enforceable by law. While many contracts are in written form (and very much should be), many states only require that certain types of contracts be in writing. The legal term "statute of frauds" generally governs which types of contracts must be writing. Traditionally, the statute of frauds applies in the following circumstances: contracts in consideration of marriage, contracts that cannot be performed within one year,…
By Anne Winter BINGHAM FARMS, Mich. - An adult program owner-turned-attorney has launched MyAdultAttorney.com as an industry go-to site for legal advice and assistance regarding specific issues, including contract law, 2257, Digital Millennium Copyright Act matters, and civil litigation. Attorney Corey D. Silverstein said he saw the industry lacked the ability to consult with a lawyer before signing an agreement and wanted to give industry members a website they could visit to find a lawyer who can answer their questions without drowning in a sea of information... Read full article
I will be present at the Phoenix Forum from Thursday April 2, 2009 through Sunday April 5, 2009. I encourage you to contact me today to arrange for a meeting. See you there!
Major Internet Service Providers, including AT&T, have reportedly made deals with the Recording Industry Association of America to address piracy concerns. According to the Associated Press, AT&T Inc., America's largest ISP, will start sending warnings to its subscribers when record labels and movie studios claim they are uploading, downloading or exchanging pirated material. For the complete story and my commentary please visit: http://business.avn.com/articles/34845.html
I am very pleased to announce that I will be co-moderator of the "Business 101: Marketing, Business & The Law" seminar at the Phoenix Forum on Thursday April, 2, 2009 from 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm. I encourage you all to attend for an incredible experience.