Welcome to the home of the Unzipped The Business of Sex® podcast. The show, hosted by intellectual property lawyer, Maxine Lynn, will provide engaging seminars and interviews about the intersections of sex, tech, and the law. It is a landscape peppered with truly unique challenges of taboo, law, ethics, and accordingly, day-to-day business. Click here to listen to the introductory episode, or read on for the information in text form. We recommend listening to it, but we won’t fault you for reading instead!
Today, the sex toy industry is exploding with new and advanced technologies. Appropriately, it’s now being called Sex Tech, short for “Sex Technology.” “Sex Tech” has brought us teledildonics, which allow remote control of dildos as well as remote sex among partners. Sensors allow sex devices to learn about a user’s body, and its responses, and to adjust settings like vibration intensity automatically. And ultra-life like sex dolls and robots incorporating artificial intelligence are just around the corner.
This progress has not come without vast legal challenges. Patents are proliferating in the Sex Tech space, leading to expensive litigation. Never-before seen ethical and legal questions are arising surrounding sex with dolls and robots. And further, possible breaches of information security of Internet-connected sex toys continually looms. The legal ramifications of improper collection and sharing of usage information of such devices is still largely unknown as the technology is so new. However, the issue has already cost one company in the industry about 3.5 million U.S. dollars.
In addition to bringing us high tech sex toys, technology has ushered in pornography access and capabilities never before imagined would be possible. No longer must a person sneak to a strip club for an erotic experience. Massive amounts of pornography are available via the internet 24 hours a day, much of the time at no cost in the privacy of home. Virtual and augmented reality connected with high tech dildos and sleeve devices allow users to experience a simulation of sex in whatever setting they want, and with whomever they want… Even their favorite porn stars. And from the development of webcam technology, a new business was born – Amateur porn. The Internet has given porn producers what they had previously lacked. Wide open access to the consumer. Gone are the days where they are limited to adult only shops or the back room of video rental stores.
But on the flip side, the internet has led to the demise of many porn production companies because of the ease it brought to the illegal pirating of movies in violation of copyright laws. The industry faces opposition, and borderline discrimination on many fronts. For example, trademarks including adult language are denied registration at government trademark offices since they are considered obscene. Several states in the United States have declared porn a public health crisis, and various versions of the Human Trafficking Prevention Act are threatening open access to online porn. In addition, many online search engines and social networking websites prohibit sexually explicit keyword advertising, and adult content is blocked from access in many public Wi-Fi zones. Censorship is still a battle being fought every day.
Thinking about law may not turn you on, but being on top of recent developments and issues, and knowing how to prepare gives you power… And let’s face it, power is sexy! So, join Maxine Lynn from time to time right here where she’ll provide periodic updates about changes in laws affecting the industry. She’ll break down and present the information in a quick and understandable way. In some cases, she’ll provide mini seminars on pertinent topics. The seminars will include “how to” information for entrepreneurs and companies in the adult industry. In other cases, she’ll interview leading experts and industry insiders to get opinions and insights on various issues.
Each episode will be jam packed with nuggets that you apply in your sex toy or porn business. And, bigger isn’t always better – Each episode will be short to make finding time to listen a breeze. See you soon!
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