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Porn Producer Sues Over New California Condom Law

Porn producer Vivid Entertainment has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County over a new law requiring porn stars to wear condoms.

Vivid says that the new voter-approved law infringes on the first amendment rights of the porn industry. Vivid, along with porn stars Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce, hopes to have the new law overturned.

The new condom law, known as Measure B, was approved by 56 percent of voters in Los Angeles. The law was sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and seeks to prevent the spread of STDs within the porn industry. Several porn producers, however, said that the new law puts unconstitutional restrictions on their films and many companies may try to relocate.

Paul Cambria, an attorney representing Vivid Entertainment, said: “You don’t have to win an Oscar to be protected by the First Amendment.”

Cambria told Reuters:

“They’re telling the production house that in order to produce legally protected expression, you have to first get government approval and you have to agree to shoot it in particular way, namely with condoms … I can tell you they are leaving L.A. County in droves. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that employs thousands of people, and ever since this all started they have been leaving and filming in places other than L.A. County.”

According to the Associated Press, the new law would require film producers to get a permit from the county Department of Public Health before shooting sex scenes. The permit fees would finance periodic inspections to make sure that porn stars were using condoms.

Porn star Amber Lynn said:

“The idea of allowing a government employee to come and examine our genitalia while we’re on set is atrocious.”

Steven Hirsch, the founder of Vivid Entertainment, said that not only is the new law unconstitutional but it’s also unnecessary Hirsch says that more than 300,000 sex scenes have been filmed since 2004 without any HIV transmission.

Hirsch said:

“Overturning this law is something I feel very passionate about. I believe the industry’s current testing system works well. 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.”

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