Expert Witness

Frederick Lane is a nationally-recognized expert on the origins, growth, and operation of the online pornography industry. His first book, Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, was the first to study adult websites and remains the standard today. Since the release of Obscene Profits, Lane has appeared on numerous national television and regional radio programs to discuss and explain the business of pornography.

Lane has been a frequent lecturer and speaker on issues of technology, obscenity, pornography, and the law. As part of his on-going research in this field, he has maintains and routinely adds to a research database of more than 15,000 articles stretching back more than two decades. With Greg Piccionelli, Esq., Lane wrote The Online Adult Entertainment Webmaster Legal Resource (Tech Law Seminars 2004), a comprehensive review of the legal issues that apply to online adult entertainment sites.

For a complete list of his lectures, seminars, and media appearances, please click on the “Professional Services” button on the main menu at the top of the page and select “Lectures and Seminars.”

Typical Expert Witness Procedure

Lane’s expert witness work typically involves the following duties:


  1. Assist counsel in understanding the structure and operation of the online adult industry, including the production and distribution of sexually explicit images across the Internet;

  2. Review circumstances of case and discuss possible avenues of analysis and discovery;

  3. Assist counsel in understanding law enforcement forensic procedures and tools, including the contents of any reports (most commonly those produced by Encase);

  4. Conduct forensic examination of seized hard drives and other electronic data to obtain exculpatory material (if any) and confirm law enforcement procedures;

  5. Review results of investigation with counsel and assist in determining its impact on defense theories;

  6. Provide testimony as required in depositions and at trial.

Past and Present Clients

The following is a list of government agencies and law firms for which Lane has served as an expert witness. For additional information about Lane’s rates, specific case experience, and references, please e-mail fslane3@gmail.com
or call (802) 318-4604.


  • Harrison, Green & Dennison APC, 5959 W. Century Blvd., Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
    Nectar Entertainment, LLC v. Alpha & Omega Roofing, Inc., Case No. BC373990 (Calif. Super. Ct. 2007).


  • Chittenden County Office of Public Defender, 192 College Street, 3rd Floor, Burlington, VT 05401.
    Vermont v. Sausville, Docket No. 2658-7-07 Cncr (Vt. 2007).

  • Niagara County Office of Public Defender, Niagara County Courthouse, 175 Hawley Street, Lockport, NY 14094-2740.
    People v. Perna, CR # 07-007481 (N.Y. 2007).

  • Vogel Law Firm, 218 NP Avenue, Fargo, ND 58107-1389.
    United States v. Seeba, Crim. No. 3:07-cr-73 (D. N.D. 2006).

  • Wysolmerski Law Office P.C., 13 Church Street, Rutland, VT 05701-3412.
    Bonavita v. Bonavita (Vt. 2006).


  • Roesler, Whittlesey, Meekins & Amidon, 84 Pine Street, Burlington, VT 05401.
    Vermont v. Carney, Docket No. 591,2,3-1-05 Cncr (Vt. 2005).

  • Blodgett, Watts & Volk, 72 Hungerford Terrace, Burlington, VT 05401.
    Vermont v. Amrani, Docket No. 6227-11-04 Cncr (Vt. 2004).

  • Office of the City Attorney, Charlotte, NC.
    Central Ave. Video, Inc. v. City of Charlotte, NC, 3:02-CV-14-MU (W.D. N.C. 2004).

  • Vermont v. Balentine, Docket No. 1523-12-03 Frcr (Vt. 2004).

  • Murdoch, Hughes & Twarog, 131 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401.
    Vermont v. Bugbee, Docket No. 4111-7-03 Cncr (Vt. 2004).

  • Vermont v. Erno, Docket No. 668-9-03 Cacr (Vt. 2004).

  • Vermont v. May, Docket No. 86-1-04 Wmcr (Vt. 2004).

  • Vermont v. Smart, Docket No. 1736-12-03 Wmcr (Vt. 2004).

  • Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP, 210 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.
    Vermont v. Banghart (Vt. 2004).

  • Perfect 10, Inc. v. Cybernet Ventures, Inc., Case No. 01-02595 LGB (SHx) (C.D. Calif.) (2002).

  • State of Vermont v. Thompson (Vt. 2002).

  • State of Vermont v. Meunier. (Vt. 2001).

  • Office of the City Attorney, Charlotte, NC.
    Queen City Video & News, Inc. v. City of Charlotte, NC, 3:00CV618MU (W.D. N.C. 2001).

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
    American Civil Liberties Union v. Ashcroft (2001).

  • State of Florida v. Robinson (Fla.).

  • United States v. Dean (D. Vt.).

  • United States v. Chadwick (Vt.).