So Called ‘Legit’ Porn Industry Brags They are Criminals Breaking the Law – So Why Are They Still in Business?

Porn Industry Gives up on Legitimate Filming in L.A.

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Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM
Porn Set: Female performer is held down while others take turns raping and torturing her . . .
Paying spectators watch!

This is the world capital of adult video production. And the porn industry hasn’t given up on L.A. just yet.

But it has certainly abandoned attempting to film scenes legitimately in the county. Under a law approved by voters and enacted at the end of 2012, film permits for adult video productions require filmmakers to commit to having male performers use condoms.

It’s widely believed that, as a result of the mandatory condom rule in L.A., porn producers have simply stopped pulling permits and moved their shoots to places that don’t have prophylactic police. New data from the regional permit organization known as FilmLA seems to back that theory:

A spokesman for FilmLA says there were an estimated 480 adult permits issued in 2012. Last year there were 40, he said. And so far this year there have been about 20.

Steven Hirsch, founder of what is perhaps the world’s largest porn studio, Vivid Entertainment, says the reason for the reduction is clear: Mandatory condoms.

“That’s why you see the drop in film permits,” he told us. “I think the the overwhelming majority of production is leaving L.A. County, and the revenue is going with it.”

However, Hirsch admits that it’s also plausible that some producers are simply avoiding the permit process altogether so they can sidestep the condom rule. “Not everyone pulls permits for every single shoot,” he said.

The industry has been threatening to leave L.A. since before the 2012 law, spearheaded by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, was approved by voters. Now it’s really really going to pull the trigger if California enacts a proposed law that would make condoms mandatory statewide, Hirsch says.

See also: Porn’s Proposed Condom Law Suffers a Setback

“People aren’t going to continue shooting under those conditions,” Hirsche warns. “If the law passes it’s certainly another nail in the coffin for L.A. production.”

The multi-billion-dollar, Valley-based industry has argued that consumers won’t purchase condom porn, and that requiring it will force production out of state and even underground, where conditions would be less safe.

Porn Set: A room full of clothed men and 1 naked girl on her knees. That sound like equality to you??

Porn is only explicitly legal in California and New Hampshire, however. Otherwise producers are paying for sex acts, and that’s prostitution.

That’s one reason that many of the larger studios have stayed put for now. Hirsch of Vivid admits this fact, but he says that those producers going out of state, to places like Florida and Nevada, have so far seen few consequences:

They aren’t being investigated. Their shoots aren’t being visited. They feel safe shooting in other places.

See also: Fearing California Condom Law, Kink Porn Studio Opens Facilities in Vegas

Mainstream, above-ground producers in L.A., meanwhile, adhere to a testing protocol that asks performers to submit to STD checks twice a month.

See also: Porn Defends the Money Shot

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has argued that state and federal law essentially require condoms even without the extra legislation in L.A. County and Sacramento: Employees at their workplaces aren’t supposed to be subjected to blood-borne pathogens of the type carried by sperm.

Filmmaker Mike Stabile, who has been speaking for the industry trade group Free Speech Coalition regarding the issue of condoms, argues that the result of this condom fixation has been less local work for performers and others who toil behind the scenes in adult video:

Larger companies like Vivid and Penthouse have moved productions out of state or overseas since 2012. Smaller companies who can’t, on the other hand, may feel pressure to shoot without permits. Once people start shooting without permits, other safeguards like testing and insurance may be dropped too, as it’s evidence of production. Either way, the net impact on performers is negative …

Vivid hasn’t shot a film in L.A. since the local condom law was enacted in December of 2012, Hirsch confirms. The big question now is whether or not bigger companies like his will uproot their offices as well.

“I’m not sure what the next step will be,” he said.

 

How Making Actors Wear Condoms could Kill California’s Porn Business

(Ignorant Statement in this Title – Not wearing condoms will kill all the performers. Without performers, there is no porn!!)

 

August 6

The California state senate will consider a bill next week that would require porn film performers to use condoms.

A similar measure was already approved by voters in Los Angeles County in 2012. The Los Angeles Times reported a 90 percent drop in the number of licenses issued for X-rated flicks in L.A. County between 2012 and 2013. (Sponsors of the bill said those numbers don’t reflect the many adult films made without permits.)

“Losing an industry like that is going to have hugely negative consequences,” Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, told the Times. “We’re not just talking about actors or the filmmakers, but everyone from the grips and caterers to assistants. These are people who live in the San Fernando Valley, buy homes, cars, send their kids to school and go to the dry cleaners. If they move, all the money goes with them.”

The L.A. Times points out the adult film exodus comes as other states have tempted mainstream movies and TV shows with tax credits. Only 52 percent of TV pilots were shot in L.A. last year, down from a peak of 82 percent in 2007, according to Film LA.

Representatives from Vivid Entertainment and Penthouse Entertainment, two major porn producers, told the Times they are already seeking greener pastures.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a major supporter of the bill, and its sponsor, assembly member Isadore Hall, said the adult film industry exposes actors to a range of health and safety risks yet isn’t subject to workplace safety requirements like other industries such as agriculture, food service, healthcare and construction. “Legitimate businesses follow the law,” Hall said after an Assembly committee approved the bill in June. “Legitimate businesses protect their employees from injury and harm in the workplace.”

Several adult film actors testified in support of the bill, which would make adult film companies pay to test actors for sexually transmitted infections every 14 days, a cost currently borne by the actors, according to L.A. Weekly. In fact, the self-regulated industry already increased the frequency of mandatory testing from once a month to once every two weeks after several porn actors tested positive for HIV.

When it comes to straight porn, condoms just don’t sell, studios say. (Condom use is more common in gay porn.) Sure, studios can digitally edit out the condoms in post-production, but producers said that would dramatically increase production costs.

The industry already is already struggling to compete against pirated content online. What’s a cash-strapped porn producer to do?

According to Coleen Singer, who writes about sex, porn and censorship for the erotic Web site sssh.com, the options are not good.

Adult film studios could stay in California and risk losing money by switching from “bareback” to content with condoms, continue filming bareback illegally or move out of state. The problem with the latter is where to go – Las Vegas and Florida are the two most talked about choices.

But both come with problems, Singer said.

“First and foremost, porn production is possibly not legal in either of those states. (much debate in legal circles about this, but which studio would like to be the test case?),” she wrote in an e-mail to The Washington Post. “And, AHF leader Michael Weinstein has already made it clear that once he gets ‘gloves on the love’ in California, his organization will move on to both Nevada and Florida to fund legislation similar to AB1576. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.”

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