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Porn studios will try to give new meaning to 'Tax Day'

April 08, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz
  • Former adult film industry performers Madelyne Hernandez, left, and Shelley Lubben talk to each other in March as Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, addresses a small crowd about requiring porn actors to use condoms.
Former adult film industry performers Madelyne Hernandez, left, and Shelley… (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles…)

Some adult film studios will attempt to give new meaning to Tax Day, saying they will use their earnings from April 15 to try to overturn a new law requiring condoms in porn.

Measure B took effect in December after more than 56% of Los Angeles County's voters approved it. It mandates that porn actors use condoms while filming in the county and that they and adult film production companies take other safety measures.

"Ordinarily you think of April 15th as 'tax day,' but this year it means something more important for the adult industry -- it's a chance for us all to exercise our rights and overturn a ridiculous law that affects an entire industry," Marci Hirsch, vice president of Vivid Entertainment, said in a statement.

Hirsch is urging those "planning on streaming or downloading a hot new film ... [to] do it through HotMovies.com on April 15th so you can help this vital cause." 

According to the statement, the director of business development for HotMovies says some 100 adult studios have pledged to do the same on April 15, and they will match direct contributions up to $10,000. Money will benefit the Free Speech Coalition, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in March lodged a complaint to test whether Los Angeles County officials will follow the letter of the law when it comes to unprotected sex in porn.

Saying an adult film company shirked new rules requiring performers to use condoms, officials from the foundation said they filed a complaint with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health after receiving an anonymous tip and accompanying video footage from someone who had been on the set of an Immoral Productions shoot.

"We received a letter, indicating they were operating without use of condoms and were streaming content on an ongoing basis. We went to their website and identified the fact that they weren't following the health and safety measures they were required to do," Michael Weinstein, president of the foundation, said last month.

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