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Porn producer sues to block L.A. condom law

By Associated Press


LOS ANGELES » A major adult filmmaker sued to block a new Los Angeles County law requiring porn actors to wear condoms, calling it a threat to free expression.

Vivid Entertainment contends that Measure B, passed by county voters last fall, violates the First Amendment right to free speech and expression and is unnecessary because the adult industry already has safeguards, such as regular blood testing of actors, to prevent the spread of AIDS and other venereal diseases.

The suit, filed Thursday in federal court, also contends that the law is vague, burdensome and ineffective and is pre-empted by California laws and regulations. It asks the court to block the measure's enforcement and to rule it unconstitutional.

A call to the county counsel's office seeking comment from attorneys involved in the case was not immediately returned.

The measure requires adult film producers to apply for a permit from the county Department of Public Health to shoot sex scenes. Permit fees will finance periodic inspections of film sets to enforce compliance.

However, public health authorities have not announced specific enforcement measures for the law.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which sponsored the initiative, said the measure will help safeguard the public, as well as porn workers, from sexually transmitted infections.

Adult film actors rallied to oppose the law before its November passage.

"The idea of allowing a government employee to come and examine our genitalia while we're on set is atrocious," sex film star Amber Lynn told the Los Angeles Daily News at the time.

Industry critics also said that fans don't want to see actors using condoms. They contend that if the law is enforced, the 200 or so companies that now produce adult films in Los Angeles, primarily in the San Fernando Valley, will simply move elsewhere, taking with them as many as 10,000 jobs.

"Overturning this law is something I feel very passionate about. I believe the industry's current testing system works well," Steven Hirsch, Vivid's founder and co-chairman, said in a statement. "Since 2004 over 300,000 explicit scenes have been filmed with zero HIV transmission. The new law makes no sense and it imposes a government licensing regime on making films that are protected by the Constitution."

The law also will have "have vast unintended consequences which may undermine industry efforts to protect the health of our actors and actresses," Hirsch said.

Califa Productions, which produces adult films for Vivid, and actors who uses the stage names Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce, joined the suit, which names the county, its district attorney and public health director.

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tiwtsfm wrote:
This is obscene. What should be banned is porn.
on January 12,2013 | 04:44AM
inverse wrote:
Maybe that is the point. LA officials want the po rn industry to move out of LA and possibly California. Is the HTA and Hawaii state officials looking to woo this industry to Hawaii as the next "growth" industry to diversity Hawaii economy beyond just the visitor industry? Seriously, as Bill O'Reilly pointed out Hawaii has almost zero enforcement in prostitution and other adult entertainment (ie hostess bars, escort services, etc.) so besides Hawaii 5-0 filming throughout Oahu why not have adult film productions companies use Hawaii as the backdrop for their feature films and as their business hub for production and distribution? And since local gov't officials are so he ll bent on building a $7 billion Aloha train to nowhere, why not get an adult film company to use the Oahu train to recreate the scene in the Tom Cruise/ Rebecca De Mornay film Risky Business where they get it on in a train (Chicago commuter train?) Of course non of the filming will be open to the public, however this business will provide lots of income and jobs for the State of Hawaii
on January 12,2013 | 08:40AM
bekwell wrote:
I'm volunteering to be the inspector
on January 12,2013 | 09:56AM
poidragon wrote:
Definitely not the type of business Hawaii wants to promote, or care about! Too much self made drama and very bad acting, to say the least, most of these films have no creative story line, are generic to the point of boredom and not worth the DVD's they are produced and sold on............
on January 12,2013 | 01:06PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
You still watch porn on DVDs?
on January 12,2013 | 05:46PM
nippy68 wrote:
what the hell does acting and story line has to do with porn?????? its about the action scenes.....
on January 12,2013 | 05:49PM
pakeheat wrote:
You don't need to act when having sex, LOL.
on January 12,2013 | 06:40PM
1assa wrote:
braddah wen watch plenny of 'um.
on January 12,2013 | 07:09PM
poidragon wrote:
Too bad, for the Porn Industry! If these companies who make and produce adult films don't like the new law, they can just pack up and get the heck out of the area! 95% of the films created by these companies are terrible, have no creativity or worth, so why should the public care if the porn industry moves away? Good riddance, to bad films!
on January 12,2013 | 01:01PM
environmental_lady wrote:
I'll say one word to the porn industry: phoeey!
on January 12,2013 | 05:16PM
engineersoldier wrote:
This is really important news. Do we have a big enough porn industry here in Honolulu to warrant printing this piece?
on January 12,2013 | 05:58PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
There was talk the industry is looking at other states to move to if this doesn't get repealed, including you guessed it Hawaii.
on January 14,2013 | 12:51PM
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