General Article LA County introduces condom law for porn films

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In November 2012, Measure B (the ‘Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act’) was passed by voters in LA County. The law requires all porn actors to wear condoms and was widely protested by the adult film industry. In order to legally film explicit sex scenes, porn producers in LA County must now apply for a permit from the County’s Department of Public Health. So far this year, only two permits have been issued. Prior to the introduction of Measure B, approximately 500 permits were issued annually - leading to speculation that the new law is causing adult film companies to move their production elsewhere.

Diane Duke, chief executive of the Free Speech Coalition, a porn industry trade group, said that the drop in permit applications was to be expected because consumers want to see scenes without condoms. She added that many porn producers are currently suspending production while they await the outcome of a lawsuit that challenges Measure B on the grounds of

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