Adult Entertainment Law

California health and safety authorities are debating today whether performers in adult films should be legally required to wear condoms during porn shoots. California has its own OSHA department that regulates workplace safety matters, and it took up the issue after prodding from the AIDS healthcare foundation. The...

By J. DeVoy Last week, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Coyote Publishing Inc. v. Nevada that Nevada's restrictions on brothel advertising are lawful, holding that the state has an interest in regulating commoditized sex.  This decision overturned the U.S. District Court of Nevada's decision, which held that such regulations were unconstitutionally...

How many times do I have to remind everyone -- trademarks are not "word patents." The adult movie studio, X-Play, has published a series of porno parodies where it throws the word "NOT" before the name of an otherwise well-known title. For example, X-Play published titles like "Not...

[caption id="attachment_8522" align="alignright" width="175" caption="Hey, there will be none of that around here. Section 67 prohibits it! "][/caption] An Indian NGO filed a petition before the Bombay High Court seeking a blanket prohibition on websites that display any "material pertaining to sex." The justification for the proposed ban...

Kate Harding doesn't care. She doesn't want to take it away, even if it is bad. She does, however, demand evidence for any claims to the contrary. (source)...

By J. DeVoy First addressed by Eugene Volokh, the Tennessee Court of Appeals recently affirmed the lower court's dismissal of the plaintiffs' claims in a group libel case because they were not specifically identified by the defendant's statements.  The plaintiffs, a cabaret and three performers, sued Shelby County Commissioner Michael Ritz...

By Dr. Marty Klein Remember playing with photos and scissors as a young teen? You’d make collages: your scrawny face on a caveman’s body, your friend’s body with the head of a dog, you and a movie star on a beach in Hawaii. Silly adolescent stuff, harmless. Now what about putting your...

Monica Hesse, a writer for the Washington Post, seems to have a porn paranoia issue. Her article "Publicly, a whole new lewdness" has a decidedly Comstockian bent to it. But, the subtitle is even more hilarious: "Everywhere you look, porn is suddenly inescapable." People like Hesse...