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Adult Entertainment Law: Legal Issues in the XXX World

(1k+ reviews)

Produced on November 17, 2015

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Course Information

Time 93 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Categories Constitutional

Course Description

While adult entertainment businesses share the same needs for legal services encountered by any other kind of business, the adult nature of such businesses presents many legal issues that are unique to the adult entertainment world. These issues span multiple doctrinal areas of law, including First Amendment issues, compliance with federal and state criminal obscenity laws and record keeping requirements, intellectual property issues such as copyright, trademark, and privacy law, and issues involving health law.  

 

Adult entertainment businesses must also be versed in the laws associated with the protection of children from adult content material, adult use restrictive zoning and licensing laws, and certain areas of employment and taxation law. In this course, attorney Ameer Benno provides an overview of these issues and much more.   

 

Learning Objectives:

I.     Recognize the interplay between the First Amendment and censorship

II.    Understand the landscape of obscenity law, federal record keeping requirements under 18 U.S.C. § 2257 and 2257A, and current federal enforcement priorities

III.   Become acquainted with copyright law and its safe harbor provisions under the DMCA

IV.   Explore trademark issues, such as Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act

V.    Identify relevant privacy rights, including the right of publicity and the rights of models and performers

VI.   Gain insight into the immunity provisions under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

VII.  Comprehend the laws governing time, place, and manner restrictions on zoning and licensing of adult-oriented businesses 

VIII. Grasp the current proposed state and federal legislation’s potential effect on the adult industry

Faculty

Ameer Benno

Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP

An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Ameer Benno litigates civil rights and personal injury matters for Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP. Ameer takes great pride in seeking justice for those who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others. His personal injury cases include premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, product liability, and construction accident cases. In his civil rights practice, Mr. Benno champions the rights of individuals who have been subjected to governmental abuses of authority. These cases range from police misconduct matters to prisoner rights cases, from unjust conviction claims to employment discrimination matters.

Ameer began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the esteemed Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he served for several years in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. Upon leaving government service, Mr. Benno worked at premier civil litigation law firms where he focused on representing plaintiffs in personal injury and civil rights matters in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Benno is admitted to the New York and Connecticut state bars, and is admitted to practice in the federal courts of the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York, as well as to the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Benno was an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he taught Appellate Advocacy and Legal Reasoning and Writing. Mr. Benno regularly lectures for bar associations and continuing legal education providers on topics having to do with trial practice, civil rights litigation, Constitutional law, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Benno has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer every year since 2012 in the area of civil rights law. Mr. Benno has also been selected for membership in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as one of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys.” These are invitation-only organizations composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state who meet stringent qualifications. Mr. Benno is rated 10.0, the highest rating given, by the online lawyer rating service Avvo.com.

Ameer serves on the Civil Rights Committee, Federal Courts Committee, and Appellate Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. He is a member of the National Police Accountability Project, the First Amendment Lawyers Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (where he chairs the Civil Right Committee), and the Brooklyn Bar Association. He sits on the board of directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and is vice president of the Nassau Lawyers’ Association of Long Island.

In addition to his membership in professional organizations, Mr. Benno is a civic leader. He is the president of the Merrick-Bellmore Jewish Community Council, the board of directors of the Merrick Jewish Centre, and as a member of the Nassau County Police Commissioner's Community Council for the 19th Legislative District.  He is a member of the Nassau County Police Reserves, the Bellmore Kiwanis, the Bellmore Lions Club, and the Bellmore Historical Society.  He proudly serves as a First Lieutenant in the New York Guard. 

Ameer is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and Cornell Law School. He lives in Bellmore, NY with his wife, Gayle, and three daughters.



Reviews

JB
Jeffrey B.

Ameer Benno is among the best lecturers I have encountered on Lawline. Thank you for making his presentation available here.

CK
Chris K.

I thought the description of Federal identification law was especially interesting

OM
Otto M.

Great materials & presentation.

JS
John S.

Excellent presenter. Just excellent.

FM
Frank A. M.

Outstanding presentation, great well-paced delivery and very entertaining.

EB
Erin B.

Nicely handled. Thank you.

JH
Joseph H.

Interesting.

MB
Marc B.

EXCELLENT. PROF KNEW HIS STUFF

HW
Heather W.

One of the best programs I’ve listened to so far. Explained a very technical legal area without using too much jargon.

DW
David W.

SUPERB

SJ
Stuart I. J.

Excellent information

CM
Carol M.

Excellent presentation.

RG
Rachel G.

Best "no pun intended' closing: covered subject in broad strokes!

NH
Nancy H.

Really great, organized session!

DB
Donald B.

Excellent

CB
Carrie B.

Clear smooth delivery of the information.

RF
Robert F.

Informative

GL
Guy L.

Not at all my area of practice but interesting and well presented.

FK
Frank K.

interesting subject

VH
Valerie H.

Good speaker.

MD
Mary D.

I am both an attorney and psychologist who works in sexual behaviors. This was informative from a law perspective on areas that i deal with on a daily basis. Its always good to add a different perspective on things.

LF
Lawrence F.

Excellent presentation.

VS
Vincent S.

Well presented

CC
Cate C.

Great instruction!

JH
John H.

great educated speaker

MO
Michael O.

Very interesting. Great class!

WB
William B.

This program dealt with a topic that is often ignored due to aspects that make it unsavory or inappropriate for public discourse. However, given the rapid and widespread growth of the pornography industry it is important for attorneys to have access to information about the state of the law in this area.

MK
MADELYNN K.

Outstanding written materials with all relevant case citations and codes.

JM
Jeffrey M.

Very interesting

MG
Michael G.

Interesting course on a unique subject. Good presenter I have heard previously in other Lawline courses.

GH
george h.

In my opinion this course was well-organized. Thank you.

CF
Chris F.

Very interesting to see all the applicable areas of practice that may be implicated here.

JK
John R. K.

Excellent speaker. All of his seminars are awesome!!!

MB
Michael B.

Good information on a topic I don't see in my practice, but still good to know.

PR
Paul R.

it was fine.

KC
Kristine C.

Excellent presentation

BR
Boyd R.

Interesting

JR
Julia R.

thorough presentation

RM
Ronald M.

I took this course mostly to learn more about the IP issues associated with content that can be considered adult oriented but was really surprised that the whole course was interesting! An excellent presentation!

DA
David A.

Very interesting

EC
Erica C.

Great overview of the major cases and federal laws regulating the adult film industry. Fascinating topic and highly relevant. Please do more like this!

CM
CATHERINE M.

Clear, concise and thorough

RG
Richard G.

Interesting program.

DM
David M.

Revealing

PS
Phillp S.

This fellow is one of the best CLE presenters out there. I take some of his courses simply because he covers law so well and so practically that he makes any law interesting -- and relevant.

DM
David C M.

Very well done; there are a lot of issues and he did a nice job of covering them

WW
WALTER W.

More complex than meets the eye.

AN
Alan N.

Very interesting and informative. Lots of material to digest. Definitely could have been expanded to 2 hours or longer.

MY
Mark Y.

Excellent coverage of pretty vast area of law with a lot if jurisdictional quirks. The speaker was very good.

MD
Matthew D.

Nice breakdown.

EI
Edward I.

The presenter covered a lot of ground in a very organized fashion Well done!

WH
William H.

Truly great presentation. Thank you!

JG
John G.

very informative & interesting

CM
Christopher M.

best program I have taken this year...well done

RL
Rochelle L.

Very informative. I'm glad it's not my area of practice. What a complex series of laws to have to defend against.

VB
Vid B.

Found to interesting and informative

JK
John K.

Very impressive - covered the whole gamut of law - from the Federal Constitution to state law to regulations to case law - and all sorts of topics - Criminal Law, tort law, copyright, trademarks - an entire legal education in an hour and half.

MC
Michael C.

Well orgainized and easy to understand

BC
Barbara C.

unique subject matter

WN
william n.

very good

EM
Edward M.

Very informative

SB
Susan M. B.

Interesting topic; engaging speaker. well-organized materisals

RM
Robert M.

Wide application, despite the racy title.

EF
Elliot F.

Wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I found the presentation to be very comprehensive in all aspects.

SS
Stephen S.

This was my first Lawline seminar, but it was excellent, both from a technical presentation (easy to pause, etc.) and from a content perspective. Really solid.

KK
Kathryn K.

Good seminar; great slides; very useful accompanying material. I appreciate the broad swath of material covered in this course, including the Internet introduction. .XXX should be a fascinating area online to watch. Tx for a superb course!

WB
William B.

Good overview an d helpful case citations

MK
Michael K.

Extremely good level headed discussion of a sensitive subject

RW
Robert W.

Wow! Hats off to Ameer Benno. So much information so clearly and concisely articulated. Superior written materials. Outstanding presentation in every way!

CS
Clifford S.

good program

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