Greg Piccionelli Biography
Gregory A. Piccionelli is widely regarded in the adult entertainment industry as one of the nation’s leading adult entertainment attorneys. His client list spans the spectrum of the adult entertainment industry and includes a significant portion of the world’s largest adult entertainment companies.
Mr. Piccionelli has represented adult entertainment clients in almost every type of civil litigation and transactional matter encountered by adult entertainment businesses, including patent, copyright, trademark, celebrity rights, and domain name disputes, intellectual property procurement, licensing and enforcement, e-banking and online merchant account matters, spam email litigation, Federal Trade Commission actions, labor disputes and business transactions of all kinds.
In 1995, he was one of the first attorneys in the world to specialize in online adult entertainment matters. As a licensed patent attorney, he was also among the first attorneys to file Internet, e-commerce and business model patents, and to procure resulting patent rights for his clients. Mr. Piccionelli, himself an inventor, has been awarded a number of patents pertaining to e-commerce and related technologies.
In 2009, Mr. Piccionelli obtained ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals establishing for the first time a new and separate standard for the determination of community standards in obscenity cases involving distribution of content via the Internet. The new standard, now law throughout the Ninth Circuit, requires courts and juries to use the community standards of the “nation as a whole” rather than local community standards to determine if sexually explicit content distributed by means of the Internet is obscene. The previous formulation based exclusively upon the use of local community standards stood unchanged for twenty-six years since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Miller v. California. The result, hailed as an important victory for freedom of expression as well as for the adult entertainment industry, is likely to significantly change the application of federal obscenity laws to the Internet.
Mr. Piccionelli has been interviewed and quoted in virtually every mass medium, including radio, television, print, and the Web. He was recently featured on the ABC News show Nightline regarding adult entertainment distribution via mobile telephone devices. He has been featured in numerous documentaries, including most recently in the acclaimed CBC television production “Porndemic, Sex In The Digital Age”.
Mr. Piccionelli has authored numerous articles on a broad range of business and legal topics pertaining to adult entertainment. For the last 8 years he has been the monthly legal columnist for Xbiz World. He is also a frequent legal contributor for many other adult industry publications.
Mr. Piccionelli has received numerous awards from the adult entertainment industry, including the 2005 Xbiz Adult Industry Advocate of the Year Award. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and trade shows, including, The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, Internext, Cybernet Expo, The Phoenix Forum, Erotica L.A., Webmaster Access, The Mobile Adult Content Congress, The Sex In Videogames Conference, and general and special meetings of the Free Speech Coalition and the First Amendment Lawyers Association. He is also often a special guest speaker at legal conferences and bar functions on topics pertaining to adult entertainment, digital commerce, the development of intellectual property law in the digital age, and free speech issues.
Mr. Piccionelli is also a frequent provider of continuing legal educational seminars in the fields of Internet law and adult entertainment law. He is also the co-author of The Online Adult Entertainment Webmaster Legal Resource.
Mr. Piccionelli’s non-adult entertainment clients include numerous e-business, telecommunications, media and technology companies, software and multimedia developers, content providers, Internet hosting, access and information providers, banks and credit card processors, film, video and television production companies, magazine and new media publishers, artists, actors, photographers, composers, musicians, authors, venture capital firms, research scientists, biotechnology firms, and many high technology ventures.
Greg Piccionelli is also a co-inventor of patented location-based e-commerce technology (U.S. Patent No. 6,154,172) directed to the control of transactions, content distribution, and other activities using wide area computer networks (including the Internet) on the basis of the participants’ physical locations. The technology, which uses Global Positioning System (“GPS”) and other location means, has been licensed for applications as far ranging as online gambling, online distribution of sexual content, copyright protection of music, movies and computer games, e-dating, online voting and the application and enforcement of Internet taxation and other location-influenced governmental regulations.
Mr. Piccionelli’s published articles outside of the legal arena includes scientific research such as “Adhesion Mechanism Modeling Using Derivatized Beads and Sea Urchin Cell Systems”, published in Acta Histochemica in 1996.
Greg Piccionelli is also a published music composer and accomplished player of several musical instruments. He composed and performed the music aired on CNN’s nightly show “Crisis in the Gulf” during the first Gulf War. One of his works, composed and recorded a song in response to the events of 9-11, was featured on the Fox News show “Hannity and Colmes.” Over forty thousand copies of the song have been downloaded or streamed from his Internet web site www.warsuggestionbox.com. His licensed pieces have also appeared in numerous commercials.
One of his recent works, “The Doomsday Curve”, a techo-political piece, that includes dynamic visual web graphics by the composer, has generated a significant amount of controversy and media attention. The work can be accessed at www.doomsdaycurve.com. Official song of Lifeboat Foundation and was feature in recently.
Greg Piccionelli received the degree of Juris Doctor from Loyola Law Schoolwhere he graduated cum laude and earned several other academic honors including induction into the Order of the Coif and several American Jurisprudence Awards, including awards in Constitutional Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution. He was Managing Editor of the Loyola Entertainment Law Review. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he graduated magna cum laude.
State Bar of California; United States Patent Bar, Los Angeles County Bar Association; Beverly Hills Bar Association; American Association of Intellectual Property Lawyers, First Amendment Lawyers Association, Free Speech Coalition, American Society for Human Genetics, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Women in Adult, Adult Sites Against Child Pornography, elected member of the Los Angeles Community-Police Advisory Board, and co-founder of the Community Organized Protection Program (C.O.P.P.).