Introduction...

Freedom of Speech is one of the most fundamental principles upon which our Country was built. Introduced by the Founding Fathers in the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution, it contains no ambiguity. Paid for in blood, by thousands of fellow Americans who fought and died so that future generations could possess, cherish, and pass this gift on, it has been vital to the past, present and future of our Great Nation. Yet, in present days it has become one of the most controversial issues and subjects for interpretation.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Flower Tucci Plans to Drop Suit Against Reality Kings, LLL

Flower Tucci Plans to Drop Suit Against Reality Kings, LLL
Flower Tucci’s counsel has indicated that the adult performer will “voluntarily dismiss” her claims against Reality Kings, LLL Advertising and others, XBIZ has learned.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ruling Likely to Upset Obscenity Prosecutions

Ruling Likely to Upset Obscenity Prosecutions
Prosecutors will have to work much harder reaching a Internet obscenity convictions after Wednesday's ruling by the 9th Circuit.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

9th Circuit: Obscenity Should Be Defined by U.S. Community Standards

9th Circuit: Obscenity Should Be Defined by U.S. Community Standards
A federal appeals court has decided that a national community standard to define Internet obscenity is more appropriate for online communications.

Monday, October 26, 2009

New South Wales Adult Film Ban Assailed in Poll

New South Wales Adult Film Ban Assailed in Poll
More than 70 percent in Australia’s New South Wales believe that the state’s ban on the sale of adult video content at brick-and-mortar stores is wrong, according to a study.

Friday, February 13, 2009

DuPage outlaws BYOB at adult businesses

By James Kimberly
Tribune reporter
February 13, 2009


Responding to a fatal car wreck involving a driver who drank too much while visiting a strip club near DuPage Airport, the DuPage County Board has strengthened restrictions on adult businesses that allow patrons to drink. Under an ordinance passed this week, anyone with an open alcoholic beverage in an adult business or any employees who lets someone drink at an adult business would be subject to a fine of $1,000 or more.Although County Board members said no specific business was targeted, board member James Zay of Carol Stream said the only adult businesses in the county are Diamonds Gentlemen's Club near West Chicago and Zebulon adult bookstore near Roselle."It's not about the 1st Amendment right to be a strip club. It's that they are bringing liquor in there and they don't have a liquor license," said Zay, who spearheaded the push for the new ordinance, which will take effect in 30 days.

Zay proposed the law after a drunken patron left Diamonds on Jan. 4, 2006, and crashed head-on into another car, killing his passenger and the driver of the other car, April Simmons, who was pregnant with her first child. John Homatas, 27, of Wayne was sentenced to 12 years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.Zay said when Simmons' husband sued Diamonds over the crash, the attorney for the strip club argued the club was not liable because it had not served alcohol to Homatas. A Kane County judge rejected the argument, and Zay said he wanted to make sure it was not raised in another case."We are going to make sure we protect people who are out there, not only people who are going there but people who might be driving by," Zay said.

Store Showing XXX Movies

Lawsuit Alleges Store Is Unlicensed Adult Business
Friday, 13 Feb 2009


HOUSTON - A major battle is brewing at the Harris County Civil Courthouse. The city of Houston wants to shut down what they call a sexually oriented business operating illegally and without license.

Tryst Boutique sits just off the North Freeway just before the beltway, and what goes on inside has the city of Houston trying to shut it down. “This is an adult arcade operating illegally and the city is asking the court to close it and shut it down," Assistant City Attorney Thomas Sultan said.
Houston investigators say triple x movies are shown in 28 small dark booths at the business. Attorneys for the city say the company doesn't have an adult arcade permit to operate and therefore they're breaking the law.

The city ultimately wants to shut down the entire business but for now they're going after the arcade or video booths inside. The fate of the full operation will be decided at a trial in June.
The owner of Tryst, William Becker, was in court. They brought along samples of what's sold in the store and shown in the arcade to prove the store is not all adult.

"Initially, they were in adult business, and they made a business decision that they were gonna change the focus to be more of a store for lovers than an adult business," the store’s spokesman Richard Kuniansky said.

The owners of Tryst said because more than 50 percent of their merchandise is not consider pornographic, and more than 50 percent of the movies shown are not adult they shouldn't be required to get a permit.

A judge will likely make a decision on the injunction to temporary close Tryst next week.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

China Extends Anti-Porn Mobile Device Crackdown Through April

China Extends Anti-Porn Mobile Device Crackdown Through April
A new campaign was jointly launched by five departments, including the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, to combat distribution of adult videos through cellphones.

Neighbors Protest Porn Studio

Neighbors Protest Porn Studio
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said, "We believe the occupier is legitimately running a pornographic recording studio."

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nominee Has Adult Ties

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nominee Has Adult Ties
As Eric H. Holder Jr. was sworn in today as attorney general, attention shifted to the No. 2 slot at the Justice Department.

MySpace Hands Over Names of 90,000 Sex Offenders

MySpace Hands Over Names of 90,000 Sex Offenders
MySpace today handed over the names of 90,000 registered sex offenders who had registered at the popular social networking site and been removed over the last two years.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

XBIZ News Debuts on Twitter

XBIZ News Debuts on Twitter
In an effort to keep the Web 2.0 community informed of all the latest adult entertainment news, XBIZ has launched its official Twitter news feed. By following XBIZ on Twitter, users will receive a real-time feed of all the news that posts to XBIZ.com every day.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Porn bailout? Unlikely, but sales still down

By: OSKAR GARCIA

The latest joke around the adult entertainment industry is that sales have slid enough to justify asking the federal government for a bailout.

Companies say people were already spending less on naughty DVDs before the economy went sour, increasingly turning to pirated copies and YouTube-like Web sites that stream clips for free and undercut companies working to sell adult content.

And now, with consumers tightening spending as much as they can, those who work in the industry say paid pornography is the first thing to go.

"Porn and Starbucks -- we're going down," porn star Stormy Daniels said Sunday as she took a break from signing autographs and mingling with fans at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.....read more

Porn makers surf mobile phone wave

January 13, 2009



LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Adult entertainment powerhouse Pink Visual saw visits to its mobile video service soar after Christmas as people turned on new iPhones and tapped into porn.

Sex video makers and distributors are evolving with the technology times, catering to customers seeking satisfaction on smart phones, Blu-ray players, and Internet television.

Digital Playground, which is credited with producing the first high-definition adult film five years ago, has a Web site devoted exclusively to Apple’s hot iPhones and offers free trailer "podcasts" for iPods.

"The way people get their porn is changing," Pink distribution operations manager Kim Kysar said as an annual Adult Entertainment Expo wrapped in Las Vegas on Sunday.

"It is going to be more personal and you get it anywhere you are: on the road, in the bathroom at work. Nobody is going to be the wiser."

"We saw a peak after Christmas when everybody got new video phones," Ms. Kysar said. "One of the first things people do after activating their iPhones is Google ’iPhone porn,’ and here they are."

"How great would it be to have a porn Internet café?" she asked, dreamily peering into adult entertainment’s future. — AFP

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Porn industry bosses seek bail-out

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Porn industry bosses seek bail-out (My emphasis):
"Porn barons in the US have called for a multi-billion dollar bail-out of the adult entertainment industry to help it through the "hard times" ahead.

Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild chief executive Joe Francis issued a joint plea for Congress to pump 5 billion US dollars (£3.3 billion) into the sector.

They claim that the economic downturn is hitting the porn business and that federal assistance is needed to boost the nation's sex drive. The pair add that they deserve the same treatment offered to banks and the automobile industry.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Mr Francis said the cash injection was needed "just to see us through hard times".

He added: "Congress seems willing to help shore up our nation's most important businesses. We feel we deserve the same consideration. In difficult economic times, Americans turn to entertainment for relief. More and more the kind of entertainment they turn to is adult entertainment."

But according to Mr Flynt, economic woes have led to a flagging national sex drive.

The porn baron-turned-campaigner said: "People are too depressed to be sexually active. This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such but they cannot do without sex."

He added: "With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind. It is time for congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America. The only way they can do this is by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly."

Anti-porn campaigners said that they were not treating the request seriously.

Michael DePrimo, spokesman for the American Family Association, said: "Obviously they are being facetious. It is very much tongue-in-cheek - Larry Flynt has a sense of humour. But the fact that he is mocking Congress is not unreasonable." "

Next in bailout line: Porn?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

You knew this had to happen. Purveyors of adult entertainment say it's time that they got the same government help as financial firms and the auto industry.

Yep, Hustler's Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild's Joe Francis say it's time for a bailout of the porn industry.Flynt and Francis say the economy has hurt their businesses, too, with sales of XXX DVDs down 22 percent. They want $5 billion in federal funds to help them make it until things pick up.

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TMZ has Francis' rationale behind the request. "The government has changed its economic policy and now is just handing out money," he told TMZ. "We have a $13 billion industry that's very in need of correcting, so I'll be happy to take their money."

Congress must "rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America," Flynt said.

However, if the three Congressmen that TMZ questioned are any indication, Flynt and Francis have their work cut out for them.

That doesn't dissuade Francis, who says he will personally go to Washington, D.C., to make the bailout request. I'm presuming that such travel is allowed under the terms of Francis' bail while he awaits trial on tax evasion charges.

The joke's on us: Although I don't doubt that the adult entertainment industry is, like many other sectors, taking a hit in this dire economy, I suspect that Flynt and Francis are simply taking advantage of current events to get some press.

The sad fact is that Capitol Hill asked for such mockery, from not only Flynt and Francis, but all Americans.

From the get-go, the lack of oversight in administering the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) has made every bailout handout a very unfunny, and egregiously costly, joke.

And since Congress opened up the bailout door so wide, then who's to stop any legal business form seeking relief?

Porn yes, autos no: That's the position of the folks at the Tax Policy Blog, where Josh Barro says the porn industry bailout isn't as crazy as it might seem.

"This bailout request may seem like a joke, and it will certainly strike many people as humorous, inappropriate, or downright outrageous," writes Barro. "However, we will, for the duration of this blog post, treat it as a serious request in order to explain some of the criteria that policymakers should take into account when considering whether/when to provide financial support to a private industry."

After evaluating that criteria, Barro concludes that the adult entertainment industry has several characteristics that make "providers of pornography a more attractive bailout recipient than, say, the auto industry." You can read Barro's full analysis here.

And you thought economists practiced the dismal science.

Annual porn convention has a political streak

By Melissa Arseniuk
January 11, 2009


While the 2009 AVN Adult Movie Awards hosted a solar system of adult film stars – Ron Jeremy, Jenna Haze, Tera Patrick, Belladonna, Stormy Daniels, Jesse Jane, Sunny Leone and Bree Olson, to name a few – the annual celebration of porn was surprisingly political this year.

The night got off to a partisan start at Mandalay Bay when emcee Thea Vidale began her opening monologue by saluting the victory of President-elect Barack Obama.

“We’re going to have a hot couple having hot sex in the White House – with each other, no less!” she rejoiced.

The X-rated star proceeded to rattle off a litany of X-rated jokes and one-liners about Obama’s sex life and compared his physique to that of President Bush before the awards program got underway....READ MORE

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Smoking-ban legislation lacks accommodation

by Elizabeth Hovde
Oregonian columnist
Saturday January 10, 2009

Addicts with no hope of quitting being penalized

It feels good to pass laws that protect people's health. But retaining the rights of private property owners and the social lives of a minority group feels pretty good, too. It's unfortunate state lawmakers didn't choose to do both. They could have.

Instead, Oregon rang in the new year with an indoor smoking ban similar to bans in other states and cities. It prohibits smoking at all indoor work sites. Smoking is no longer allowed in bars or restaurants, and a person can't light þup within 10 feet of a business' windows or doors....read more

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Stage set for Showgirls

January 8, 2009
By Chris Bone
City planners have recommended the approval of Gilroy's first topless bar with a handful of conditions, and the police chief and planning commissioners who must approve the permit said they won't stand in the way as long as the applicant and his business plan adhere to the law.

"I'm bound by the law, not public opinion," Gilroy Police Chief Denise Turner said. "It may not be something the public wants, but legally we can't object to it if it complies with the law."

That's good news for Ante Bilic, the Saratoga-based club owner who wants to turn El Amigo Restaurant just north of the Gilroy Premium Outlets on San Ysidro Avenue into his latest venue: Showgirls. The building sits in a commercial zone that allows strip clubs if the planning commission and police chief agree. The commission will meet Jan. 15 to review Bilic's plans for a 56-seat club with two catwalks, a wrap-around bar, a main stage for topless dancing, six lap dance booths, a pool table and an outdoor patio.

If the body approves Bilic's permit, Chief Turner will then review it. She will also work with the local Alcohol Beverage Control Committee and the city's attorney to decide whether Bilic can serve up booze along with the show. City code allows both in commercial zones with separate permits, but Sgt. Kurt Ashley said the city attorney was reviewing this unprecedented request just to be safe.

As for security in general, both police and residents have expressed concern.

"I think it would make for more crime," Norma Jamies, the mother of a teenager, said. "Kids will find a way to get in. There will be fights, more drinking. It's not a good idea."

For Bilic to receive his permit, Chief Turner and the planning department have already required that he have a manager on site at all times with a security plan and ample lighting inside and out. Staff has also barred Bilic from staying open past 1 a.m. or open before 8 a.m., and his potential permit will expire before its three-year life span if the city receives complaints about drugs, prostitution or noise and if the city council acts on those complaints.

Thirteen years ago, four dancers at the Kit Kat Club - which Bilic runs in Sunnyvale along with Paul & Harveys bar, Tarragon restaurant and Sporty's Bikini Bar - pleaded guilty to performing lewd sexual acts in public. Police searched Bilic's property in connection with the sting, but they never charged him with a crime, and the city never revoked his permit, according to public records and his lawyer. Bilic, who has declined to comment, currently faces a class-action lawsuit filed by two dancers who claim he did not pay them properly, but his lawyer said he has beaten similar suits in the past and will prevail again. Gilroy requires a clean permit and legal history to open an adult business.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Larry Flynt wants money?

Larry Flynt wants money?

I came across this today.

Let it soak in a moment…

Okay, so we have Larry Flynt and the Girls Gone Wild guy (who I could have sworn was in jail for tax evasion or something along those lines) asking the government for a $5 billion bailout. Their DVD sales have slipped, but their website growth has actually increased in the past year.

And their reasoning for this is not that they need money but rather:

[T]he industry leaders said the issue is a nation in need. “People are too depressed to be sexually active,” Flynt said in the statement. “This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such but they cannot do without sex.”

“With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind. It’s time for congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America. The only way they can do this is by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly.”

I am as pro-porn as the next pro-porn person, but this is just god-damn ridiculous. What I’d like to see is exactly what Flynt’s plan is for rejuvenating the sex lives of Americans. Personally, I’m doing alright, but still …

I guess we’ll see how broken the government is depending on what they do with Flynt’s request (ignore it, I imagine).

A final note, the quotes from that article are the most amazingly vague quotes I’ve seen in some time, and we just had an election.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Smoking ban opponents mostly still opposed

Lee Mauer read the recent news report about a possible link between a community's smoking ban and a drop in heart attacks there.

But Mauer says the new research won't change his view on local smoking bans.
"In this day and age, everyone knows smoking can kill you," the 24-year-old smoker said while flicking his cigarette in an ash tray at a Greater Lafayette bar. Still, Mauer said, he believes the choice of banning smoking should be decided by business owners and not by politicians.
Although proponents of the local smoking bans said the new research helps strengthen their case, the research had little impact on some opponents' views.
According a recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, the rate of heart attack hospitalizations dropped 41 percent in the three years after a workplace smoking ban started in Pueblo, Colo.
Secondhand smoke exposure causes an estimated 46,000 ischemic heart disease deaths among American nonsmokers each year, and long-term exposure is associated with a 25 percent to 30 percent increased risk for coronary heart disease in adult nonsmokers, according to the CDC....read more