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University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal

ARTICLE: LAW & ECONOMICS OF THE ADULT ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TODAY: AN INSIDE VIEW FROM THE INDUSTRY'S LEADING TRADE PUBLISHER

Spring, 2008

University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal

4 U. Denv. Sports & Ent. Law J. 2

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By Clay Calvert * and Robert D. Richards **

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INTRODUCTION

2007 was not, to say the least, a very good year for the American adult entertainment industry, headquartered in southern California's San Fernando Valley. 1 In brief, a combustible combination of legal fights, 2 economic downturns 3 and content piracy 4 dealt the industry a severe one-two-three punch. The legal battles, in the name of defending the First Amendment 5 right of free expression, included federal obscenity 6 cases in Arizona, 7 Florida, 8 Pennsylvania 9 and Utah. 10 The economic woes and misery, caused by an assortment of factors ranging from the proliferation of free amateur sites like YouPorn.com 11 -- the so-called "YouTube of Porn" 12 -- to a glut of professional adult content, were captured well by a June 2007 Los Angeles Daily News article that observed that "the Internet that built the industry into the multibillion-dollar economic engine it is today threatens to drive it off course. The gate has been cast wide open -- and that's letting too many people in the door." 13

Perhaps the most knowledgeable person about both the legal and economic issues facing the adult business today is Paul Fishbein, president of Adult Video News. 14 A frequent commentator in the mainstream news media about issues confronting the adult industry, 15 Fishbein has chronicled this business from his prime perch at AVN headquarters in Chatsworth, California 16 for more than a quarter century.

During his tenure at AVN, Fishbein has watched the adult business collide with the ...
 
 
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