Online Gambling

“Online Gambling Wildly Popular, But Legally Suspect,” is the title of this segment on NPR. It’s a good listen.

The Hubbub with StubHub!

The resale of tickets to sports, concerts, and other events usually is illegal in Illinois, if the tickets fetch more than the original price. 720 ILCS 375/1.5(a). Resale at a premium is called scalping, and rules that forbid it even when the events’ promoters are content to allow resale have puzzled economists. That is how Chief [...]

It’s just business …

Today the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued this opinion. 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 [...]

Venue

Location schmocation. A couple of items in the news. First, a provocative piece from the talented David Hudson of the First Amendment Center, entitled “Obscenity online: Do we need a national standard?” Second, the Iowa Court of Appeals delivered this decision yesterday. Iowa charged Clarence Judy, owner of a strip club in Hamburg, Iowa, with three counts of [...]

Today’s wine-shipping decision …

… arrives courtesy of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In this case the plaintiffs, who are described as “oenophiles who want easier access to wine from small vineyards in other states,” challenged two provisions of Indiana law. These provisions state that wineries inside and outside Indiana may ship to customers, if (a) there is [...]

Are obscenity prosecutions on the rise?

Maybe. Or maybe not. “What’s Obscene? Google Could Have an Answer” appears in tomorrow’s edition of The New York Times. The question is whether Internet data — specifically, Google search results — may be used at trial to gauge “community standards,” whatever that means. The article quotes two talented attorneys (disclaimer: I consider them friends), [...]

Georgia’s wine sales to go online

Georgia winemakers want your home address and (unexpired) MasterCard number. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports here that, “[s]tarting July 1, Georgia residents can have any winery ship to them up to 12 cases a year as long as someone 21 or older signs for the shipment.” Awesome! Because shipments to the front door were previously [...]

E-wine & ID

An interesting decision concerning Wine.com which you can access here (eVineyard Retail Sales-Massachusetts, Inc. vs. Alcoholic Bev. Control Comm’n, SJC-09948 March 18, 2008). One of the vinous Internet giant’s wholly owned subsidiaries, eVineyard Retails Sales-Massachusetts, Inc. (eVineyard), got snagged for delivering — errr … selling — wine to an underage person. The facts are simple. [...]

Which year(s) were YouPorn?

An interesting article, Obscene Losses, by Claire Hoffman appears in this November’s online edition of Conde Nast Portfolio. It begins: DVD sales are in free fall. Audiences are flocking to pornographic knockoffs of YouTube, especially a secretive site called YouPorn. And the amateurs are taking over. What’s happening to the adult-entertainment industry is exactly what’s [...]

Virtual Dollhouse

In Edgewater, Florida there’s this house. Somewhere, maybe in Edgewater, there’s this Web Site, “CocoDorm.com, where visitors can, for a fee, watch live video streams from the Edgewater house, where chiseled young males are paid $1,200, plus room, board and meals, to live in the two-story home for a month and have sex with each [...]