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AIDS Group Behind LA Porn Condom Law Goes After First Studio

Somebody's about to get screwed. No, not like that.

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Mandated, for their pleasure
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The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the non-profit masterminds of Measure B, which mandates condoms on Los Angeles-area porn sets and rent-seeking in the form of mandatory HIV transmission training, is going after its first target. Via the Los Angeles Daily News:

In what could be the first test of the new Los Angeles County law requiring the use of condoms in adult film shoots, an AIDS advocacy group has filed a complaint against a Los Angeles porn company for allegedly filming actors having unprotected sex.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which was the driving force behind last year's Measure B, claims it received an anonymous letter alleging that Immoral Productions was producing adult content in which actors were performing in various types of sex acts without the use of condoms.

"Business activities occurring at Immoral Productions pose a substantial risk of bodily harm and life long disability," wrote Mark Roy McGrath, an analyst with AHF, in his complaint letter to the county health department.

The Foundation determined that the studio is not in compliance by visiting their site. McGrath's letter, though, goes on to make other claims against the company that couldn't possibly be determined by visiting the site, like failing to complete the mandatory training and failing to post signs on the set mandating condom use. Those must be the claims in the anonymous letter they've received.

Vivid Entertainment is challenging Measure B in federal court as a First Amendment violation.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is also suing the County of Los Angeles, claiming that the county is engaged in a retaliatory campaign against them through audits and by withholding funding, allegedly because the county doesn't want to enforce the condom law. The audit from the county (pdf), dated last August, claims the Foundation overbilled Los Angeles County to the tune of $1.7 million.

Below, our Reason TV video about Measure B from October:

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  1. What the fuck ever happened to “my body, my choice?”

    1. Shacks fist angrily!!

      1. They’re not making that kind of porn.

      2. ^^I see what you may have done there.

        1. I was sort of thinking the same thing, but, then again, it’s John.

          1. If it’s accidental that may make it even funnier.

    2. We are only allowed to put penises and abortion instruments into our bodies. Anything else is permitted or forbidden at the vicarious whims of our government.

      1. But now even the penises are in danger! Unless they’re all covered up.

        1. Every time you post it’s like penis this, and penis that. Sheesh!

    3. What the fuck ever happened to “my body, my choice?”

      What ever happened to them being against plastic bags?

      1. They never said anything about elastic bags

    4. Teh evul Kapitalists are exploiting the porn workers by preventing them from using the proper safety equipment.

      It’s an OSHA thing, I guess.

      1. So you think girls should wear safety goggles for the money shot?

      2. And they should definitely have some sort of oxygen supply for the bukkake scenes.

        1. That was in reply to Hugh.

  2. Why do we have to be punished with bad porn just because faggots can’t control themselves? Stop shoving your dick in other dudes’ asses and the AIDS problem pretty much disappears.

    1. Stop shoving your dick in other dudes’ asses and the AIDS problem pretty much disappears.

      The rate would be reduced, but HIV would not disappear.

      CDC

    2. Tell that to my hetero mom who died in ’92 of AIDS related pneumonia jackass.

      1. I’ll tell her, but she’s just going to argue.

        1. Probably, she’s a feisty one.

  3. Whatever happened to “My Body My Choice”?

    1. I’m sorry…you want consistency from the left? What is wrong with you?

  4. So wait, are you trying to say that the HIV safety is just a fig leaf for rent-seeking and anti-pr0n crusading? I’m shocked.

  5. The Foundation determined that the studio is not in compliance by visiting their site.

    The AIDS Healthcare Foundation offices, where NSFW is work.

  6. Also, whatever happened to my body, my choice?

  7. I’m glad Vivid is challenging it, but I’m surprised that smaller studios like Immoral Productions (which is an awesome name) don’t just either A. move somewhere else (while filming, which can’t be that much of a time – I mean renting a bus and popping over to a warehouse in Nevada HAS to cost less than all of the AIDS red tape), or B. just disincorporate/reincoporate under a different name every time. I mean you’d have to do something sleazy like make an umbrella corp handle all of the finances, and then ‘contract’ out to the film-makers, but it seems like they should be savvy enough to do this.

    Anyway seems like it’s so easy to get around, but hey, what do I know.

    Also, alt-text of the day, and that’s saying something ‘cuz of AM links.

    1. Most (99.94%) porn is produced in the west San Fernando Valley in LA County. Hell, just drive 15 more minutes further West into Thousand Oaks in Ventura County. In fact, I’m guessing that is exactly what most of these productions are doing. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is going to be sad when they realize this.

      1. Oh jeez, I just read Los Angeles County law as California Law. It’s going to be one of those days.

        OK, brain, it’s just you and me now…

  8. Also in addition, what’s the difference between prostitution and porn acting? A license and a camera.

    1. Do you really need the license?

      1. That’s why prostitution is illegal. They won’t license it!

    2. Seems to me that there is a get rich quick opportunity there for someone clever and brave enough to try it.

      “Now open of business DIY studios, we provide a variety of themed rooms which are rigged up with automated cameras and if desired whatever model(s) you need to film the perfect porn starring you with rates starting at $1000 per hour. When filming is completed you will be handed the sole digital copy of your film so that you can perform post production work on it at your convienence”

      1. My buddy and I may not have tried to seriously work out a business model for this exact idea at like, 19 or 20.

    3. There is no difference between prostitution, porn, or plain old sex.

      1. As long as someone, somewhere is or may be paying for sex, all sex is interstate commerce.

  9. Whatever happened to “my body, my choice”?

    1. Everyone’s so silly. They don’t realize that it’s just the state saying it now. Duh.

    2. I was waiting for someone to ask this.

  10. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is also suing the County of Los Angeles, claiming that the county is engaged in a retaliatory campaign against them through audits and by withholding funding, allegedly because the county doesn’t want to enforce the condom law.

    L.A. is broke and this might be one of those rare instances where the officials see the unintended consequences.

  11. Whatever happend to “my bodice, my cholly?”

  12. There is no reason why porn movies have to be made in LA. I am sure there is somewhere in SOCAL that will gladly take the money the porn industry produces. This is just another step in the prog crusade to ensure no one anywhere is doing anything productive.

    1. Yep. 15 minutes west on the 101, and hey! you’re in Ventura County.

    2. Honestly, I haven’t figured out why they haven’t moved to Miami. Lower taxes, good weather year round, and it isn’t like the talent won’t go where the money is. SoCal has a lot of beautiful women, but plenty are moving there because they’ve already maxed out the income potential of stripping in Bumfuck, Flyover State.

      1. They could probably bring back the Vegas housing market all by themselves.

    3. Its wierd but most porn is made in LA because that’s where pornographers first one legal recognition of their right to make and distribute pornography – now look where we’re at.

      1. Won, not *one*

  13. And besides, I thought all real Americans got their porn from Eastern Europe anyway.

    1. I avoid balkan/russian pr0n because I just assume the girls are underage sex slaves.

      1. Most of the girls I have seen in such porn look about as underage as I do.

        1. Not everyone is into babushka granny pr0n, John.

          1. I am actually on of the few men who doesn’t really like hardcore porn. Too many dicks. NTTAWW being into dicks. But it is just not my thing. Naked women are great. But the naked guy being there just ruins it.

            1. Yeah. I agree. I don’t want to see a dick, either.

              1. Threw out all of your mirrors, did you?

                1. No Sparky. But I don’t generally allow strange men to walk around my house naked. Strange women maybe, but my wife might not go for that.

                  1. Yeah, the only strange man in my house is me.

                  2. No Sparky. But I don’t generally allow strange men to walk around my house naked.

                    Mine was a reply to EDG who claimed that he didn’t want to see a dick.

                    1. Up your nose with a rubber hose, Sparky!

            2. There’s an obvious solution here buddy: Lesbian porn. I, too, do not enjoy dicks in my porn, which is why I just watch shit with two women.

              There are some pretty good lesbian-stuff only studios, and they have conventionally attractive women (if you want the diesel dykes and shit, there is a market for that as well)

              1. I just watch shit with two women

                A big fan of two girls, one cup?

        2. Barely legal John.

  14. Business activities occurring at Immoral Productions

    There you go. Pretty easy to find. It’s like finding violations of food safety at Not Washing Our Hands Meatpackers Inc.

  15. Hmm, 6 comments on the Higher Education story; 8 comments on the Cyprus bank bailout; 37 on condoms & porn.

  16. Question, how long before LA goes after some exhibitionist couple who uploads their private sex tape to submit your flicks or youporn?

  17. What ever happened to “my body, my choice?”

    1. good question

    2. Bears repeating.

  18. That guy came off as someone who knew he was wrong but didn’t care.

    “We’re just trying to promote condom use.”

    No, you’re trying to mandate condom use.

    “I’m not going to speculate on negative unintended consequences.”

    No, you wouldn’t want to think your plan through. You might ruin the narrative.

    “There are only 2 states in the union where an adult film is not considered illegal prostitution, that is California and New Hampshire. It gets awfully cold taking off your clothes in New Hampshire in the winter. I don’t think the industry is moving there.”

    Really, guy? You’ve never heard of indoor heating or moving offshore?

    What an ass. That guy’s a moron too.

    1. “I’m not going to speculate on negative unintended consequences.”

      Well, maybe you should, before you do just about anything.

      Idiot.

  19. What ever happened to “my body, my choice?”

    1. You can say that again.

  20. mandatory HIV transmission training,

    Just how much training do you need to ride bareback, anyway?

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