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Piracy Battlefront: Content Protection Watchdogs on Evolving Threats, Solutions

Thanks to the creator economy, the rise of indie paysites and a cross-pollinating ecosystem of affiliates, studios and multibrand behemoths flooding the internet with billions of photos, videos and text messages, there has never been such a treasure trove of adult content online. But where there is treasure, there are pirates.

Alejandro Freixes ·

Bias in Banking: How FSC Is Leading the Charge in Fight for Fairness

Ask most people what they remember about the 1997 film “Boogie Nights,” and they’ll probably recall Heather Graham dancing around as Rollergirl, or the infamous pool party, or Mark Wahlberg finally — spoiler alert — unveiling his prosthetic penis.

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Creating in Europe: How Stars Are Monetizing Their Brands Internationally

From purely amateur indie talent who have never set foot on a traditional studio set to veteran performers giving fans an especially intimate experience, content creators of every stripe are laser-focused on what sells the best for their unique fan base.

Alejandro Freixes ·

Age Verification: Unpacking a Web of Laws and Controversies

Last February, the adult industry trade group Free Speech Coalition (FSC) released a policy position paper that clearly stressed, from the get-go, a sentiment shared by virtually every single professional in the sector.

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The Rise of Indie Paysites

In many ways, the online adult industry can trace its genesis to indie paysites back in the 1990s and early 2000s. After all, even the big-name studios started off small before scaling up to a robust size.

Alejandro Freixes ·
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Stairway to Stardom: Top Agents Reflect on the New Talent Landscape

On August 28, 2020, several months into the most treacherous period following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, the adult industry woke up to the news that Jim South, the legendary head of the equally storied World Modeling agency, had passed away at 80.

Xbiz Editors ·
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2022 Legal Survey: Attorneys Weigh in on Current Outlook for Adult

In this uncertain environment, XBIZ has once again invited the best and brightest legal minds in the business to comment on which lawsuits, laws, legal novelties, regulations, practices and topics stand to impact their clients and the adult industry in the U.S. and abroad.

Gustavo Turner ·
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Made for Creators: Brands Shaping the Future of Indie Monetization

The rise of the creator economy within adult entertainment has accelerated exponentially in recent years, following three growth stages over the past two decades.

Alejandro Freixes ·
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Europe in Focus: Execs, Performers Weigh in on Current State of Adult

Adult entertainment was already rapidly changing before the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year. Stars were becoming increasingly self-reliant thanks to the advent of camming, clips and premium social media platforms.

Alejandro Freixes ·

Gay in Flux: A Look at the Latest Trends in a Vibrant, Evolving Market

Welcome to the summer of 2021. It’s been nearly a year and a half since the COVID-19 lockdowns were first imposed and as vaccine rollouts continue to pick up speed, all sectors of adult are looking forward to a post-pandemic return to some kind of normalcy.

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Women in Adult: The Chief Execs Driving Adult Entertainment

Leadership is genderless, as is the skillset required to be an effective leader, yet there is a prevailing narrative in the mainstream media that the adult industry is lorded over by misogynistic men.

Alejandro Freixes ·

Storm Blazers: How Industry Leaders Rose to the Challenge of a Tumultuous Year

Mere months after the COVID-19 lockdowns sent shockwaves throughout the world last year, we reached out to industry leaders to discover how they were “Countering Crisis” in our June 2020 cover story.

The New War on Porn: How Moral Crusaders, Mainstream Media and Politicians Are Gunning for XXX

In early December 2020, the world entered the 12th month of an unprecedented pandemic, COVID-related financial losses to individuals and businesses ravaged the economy, Congress bickered over relief measures and the President of the United States continued in his historic refusal to acknowledge the results of a presidential election.

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Feed Frenzy: A Look at the Booming World of Premium Social Media

As the camming and clips markets have exponentially grown over the past few years into juggernauts of independent revenue streams for both studio-shot adult stars and amateur entrants into the adult industry, so has premium social media.

Alejandro Freixes ·

Tube Titans: Chronicling Adult's Biggest Traffic Kings

From monoliths like XVideos to Pornhub, tube sites have upended the adult industry ever since they first emerged onto the scene in 2006.

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Major-League Talent: How All-Star Performers and Brands Are Teaming Up to Drive Business

“If you build it, he will come,” a mysterious voice whispers to Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) as he’s walking through the cornfield of his newly-purchased Iowa farm in the classic 1989 fantasy-drama sports film “Field of Dreams.”

Alejandro Freixes ·
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2020 Legal Outlook: Your Rights in Crosshairs, as Election Looms

As we roll into the second decade of the new century, XBIZ offers its annual legal outlook to provide a roadmap for the journey ahead, along with a map charting the obstacles along the way.

Stephen Yagielowicz ·
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Europe in Focus: Top Producers, Performers Share XXX Insights

Far from the blinking lights of gritty Los Angeles and the flat stretches of one-story homes stitching Porn Valley strip malls together, beyond the colorful casinos of Las Vegas and the neon-drenched humidity of Miami, is an entire continent no less populated with porn producers, performers and distributors making their mark on the global stage.

Too Taboo? A Look at How Porn Explores the Edge of Sexual Fantasy

Taboo is as biblical as it gets, because once Adam and Eve sank their teeth into that deliciously forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, holy hell, did life get juicy!

"Listen to Us!" Performers, Advocates Speak Out on Mental Health, Self-Care

The following article touches on issues related to depression, anxiety and addiction. Certain topics of discussion may be triggering.

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