The case, styled Flava Works, Inc. v. City of Miami, concerns “CocoDorm.com, which operates an internet-based website of the same name. The CocoDorm website transmits images, via webcam, of the residents of 503 Northeast 27th Street, Miami, Florida, over the internet.” The question is whether Flava Works is operating as a business at the residence, even though its
principal place of business, as designated with the Florida Secretary of State, is 2610 North Miami Avenue, where the accounting and financial aspects of the business are conducted. Flava Works holds city and county occupational licenses to operate a video and graphics business at this address. In addition to distributing digital content through the internet, Flava Works distributes physical media, such as videos and magazines, to locations around the world. The computer servers, which house the digital content and provide access to the CocoDorm website, are not located at either the 27th Street residence or the Miami Avenue office.
Flava Works does not disclose the location of the 27th Street residence on its website or in any of its videos or magazines. None of the webcams are located outside of the residence and no external images of the home are broadcast over the internet. Neither customers nor vendors ever physically go to the 27th Street residence.
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