|25th December |
Chicago stripped of discriminatory tax take
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A state appellate court has ruled that Chicago
and Cook County cannot collect amusement taxes from an exotic dance club when other small venues are exempt from the tax.
The 1st District Appellate Court in Chicago wrote that although the city and county had exempted other small, live
performance venues from paying the tax, it had not exempted clubs with nude dancing, which was content-based regulations on speech that do not serve a compelling state interest and, therefore, violate the 1st Amendment."
The city of Chicago and Cook County passed ordinances in 1999 that exempt small venues from paying the city tax of 8% on tickets and the county's tax of 3%.
The exemptions, which specifically did not include "adult entertainment
cabarets," were intended to assist music clubs and theaters that hold fewer than 750 people.
Pooh-Bah Enterprises Inc., owner of the Crazy Horse Too club, filed suit against the city and county in 2001 claiming the ordinances were
unconstitutional because they singled out strip clubs based on the content of the entertainment offered.
A trial judge ruled for the city and county in 2005, but Friday's appeals court ruling reversed that decision.
|25th December |
Texas allowed discriminatory tax take
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Attempts to block a state-imposed $5 fee on Texas gentlemen's club admissions — slated to go into effect Jan. 1 — so far have failed.
District Judge Scott Jenkins refused to block the tax from going into effect, paving the way for a lawsuit that
seeks to prove the unconstitutionality of the tariff, which plaintiffs contend is discriminatory, suppresses their right to free speech and endangers the survival of many affected businesses.
The tax initiative is intended by officials to raise
an estimated $50 million annually.
A trial date is expected to be set after Jenkins rules on the plaintiffs' legal standing and ability to sue the state.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Comptroller Susan Combs submitted a
legal brief to the court, stating that the fee does not prohibit nude dancing, does not dictate where live nude entertainment may be presented, does not require any minimum clothing and does not govern the physical setting for the activity.
Even though the state does not specify how the $5-per-customer fee should be collected, most club owners are expected to collect it as part of a cover charge.
|23rd December |
American porn industry battles YouPorn
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America's adult entertainment workers claim their $13bn industry is in trouble. Sales are down by as much as half as customers learn that what they once paid for can now be free. Pirated pornography is flooding the internet while thousands of 'amateurs'
post their activities on websites such as YouPorn.
Last week, Vivid Video, one of the largest porn studios, took legal action against Pornotube, a website the company claims is depriving the industry and its performers of legitimate revenue by
allowing the streaming of copyrighted material.
According to surveys, sites such as YouPorn and Pornotube draw more internet traffic than CNN. Like YouTube, the phenomenally popular, Google-owned website, X-rated sites depend on users streaming
videos to the site - and YouPorn is adding 15 million new users a month.
The adult entertainment industry is starting to get aggressive, says Farley Cahen, an editor at Adult Video News. The problem is that more and more people are
finding out about these sites and that they can get this free content.
After a decade of double-digit growth, the porn industry is seeing sales of DVDs, its biggest money-maker, slip. Last year, total sales were down 15%. The industry says it
is laying off workers.
|16th December |
Helen Mirren to make film supporting legal brothels
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Helen Mirren is using her directorial debut to push for legalised prostitution across America and Britain.
The actress will direct and star in Love Ranch , playing the madame of Nevada's first legalised brothel.
And the Oscar winner
insists the film carries an important message: Legalised prostution is not such a bad idea. It gets girls off the street, away from pimps and drugs.
|10th December |
Wake up call over sex toy ban
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An Alabama legislator has filed a bill to revoke the state's ban on the sale of sex toys, the second he has filed since the law's inception in 1998.
Representative John Rogers told the Birmingham News that the law is unconstitutional and
embarrassing to the state: A shower head could be considered a sex toy. It's just bringing the state into the 20th century."
This is the same law that adult shop owner Sherri Williams has spent a decade fighting. Despite losing the
battle in October. Though the U.S. Supreme Court refused in October to hear Williams' case, seemingly ending the fight and making selling sex toys officially illegal in the state, a circuit court recently deemed the law too vague after an attempt to shut
down an adult store, opening the issue up for debate.
I intend to pass this bill this year, Rogers said. I want it to be one of the first bills on the calendar. The bill reportedly may be discussed Feb. 5.
Melissa Harrington sues Lincoln, Nebraska
|15th January 2007
From Local 6
Melissa Harrington has filed a $75,000 claim for restitution against the Lincoln Nebraska and the police department, claiming officers are intimidating bar owners to keep them from hiring her for promotions.
She was sentenced in August to six
months' probation for violating a public decency ordinance. Harrington had hosted a wet T-shirt contest at a Lincoln bar in March. Officers charged her with being topless. But Harrington claims she wasn't, because her nipples and areolas were covered
with pink paint.
Harrington said if she wins her claim, she'll donate the money to charity.
Harrington filed a claim before the Nebraska State Claims Board Tuesday, seeking damages for what she says are lost business opportunities.