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January 12, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
One of the nation's most prominent pornography producers is suing Los Angeles County in federal court to overturn a new law requiring actors to wear condoms during filming. The suit by Vivid Entertainment, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, says the 1st Amendment's protection of free expression was violated after 57% of L.A. County voters approved the condom-porn measure during the Nov. 6 election. "The exercise of 1st Amendment freedoms cannot be limited by referendum," the suit said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A porn performer has tested positive for HIV, leading an industry association to call a moratorium on shooting. Free Speech Coalition , a nationwide trade association for the adult entertainment industry, confirmed the positive HIV test but would not say when or where it took place. The group also did not give any details about the affected performer. The group said in a statement that it is working with a doctor affiliated with Adult Production Health & Safety Services "contact and treat performers for any possible exposure involving the primary patient" and that additional confirmatory tests are being done on the performer who tested positive.
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BUSINESS
November 8, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Vivid Entertainment is bringing porn to Google TV. The Los Angeles adult entertainment company launched its Vivid for Google TV channel on Monday as "the first TV app designed to make sexually explicit content available through the new Google TV set-top device. " It will be the first time that adult channels will be available on Google TV, although users can surf for anything on the Web through its built-in browser. Apple, one of Google's biggest rivals, has had a long-standing policy of not allowing adult content on Apple TV, iTunes or the App Store for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
The porn industry suffered a defeat Friday when a federal judge rejected its contention that requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is unconstitutional. The ruling involved implementation of the Los Angeles County Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B, passed by voters in November. AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein called the judge's ruling "a tremendous, tremendous victory, one that will go a long way to safeguard the health and safety of those adult performers working in the industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
"Teen Mom" and "Teen Mom 2" star Farrah Abraham has sold her sex tape for a sum reportedly in the high six figures - or somewhere in the neighborhood of $14,000 a minute for the 70 minutes of naked nasty goodness. Or badness, depending on your point of view. "I'm happy to confirm that we have purchased it," Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch said in a statement Monday. "We went after this movie as vigorously as any sex tape we've ever pursued. We felt it was definitely worth it, not only because of Farrah's popularity, but because the footage itself is amazing.  ... "Farrah's looks remind me of a young Kim Kardashian," he said, "and we all know how her story turned out. " Of course, Kardashian didn't have the reality show before the sex tape.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A federal judge on Friday denied the porn industry's assertion that requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is unconstitutional. The ruling is the latest setback for producers of adult films who filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of the Los Angeles County Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B. The measure was approved by an overwhelming majority of county voters last November. It was sponsored by five individuals affiliated with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano and Rong-Gong Lin II
Following the lead of Los Angeles County voters, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks plans to introduce an ordinance that would require actors in adult films to wear condoms. The supervisor said such a measure may encourage producers of such films to go elsewhere, according to the Ventura County Star .  “If it means they can only film someplace else, that would be fine with me,” Parks said, according to the Star. The ordinance would apply to unincorporated areas of Ventura County and is expected to be taken up by the Board of Supervisors in May. One of the nation's most prominent pornography producers is suing Los Angeles County in federal court to overturn its new law. The suit by Vivid Entertainment, filed in January in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, says the condom measure, approved by 57% of L.A. County voters in the Nov. 6 election, violates the 1st Amendment protection of free expression.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A porn performer has tested positive for HIV, leading an industry association to call a moratorium on shooting. Free Speech Coalition , a nationwide trade association for the adult entertainment industry, confirmed the positive HIV test but would not say when or where it took place. The group also did not give any details about the affected performer. The group said in a statement that it is working with a doctor affiliated with Adult Production Health & Safety Services "contact and treat performers for any possible exposure involving the primary patient" and that additional confirmatory tests are being done on the performer who tested positive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
The porn industry suffered a defeat Friday when a federal judge rejected its contention that requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is unconstitutional. The ruling involved implementation of the Los Angeles County Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B, passed by voters in November. AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein called the judge's ruling "a tremendous, tremendous victory, one that will go a long way to safeguard the health and safety of those adult performers working in the industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A federal judge on Friday denied the porn industry's assertion that requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is unconstitutional. The ruling is the latest setback for producers of adult films who filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of the Los Angeles County Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B. The measure was approved by an overwhelming majority of county voters last November. It was sponsored by five individuals affiliated with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit group.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
"Teen Mom" and "Teen Mom 2" star Farrah Abraham has sold her sex tape for a sum reportedly in the high six figures - or somewhere in the neighborhood of $14,000 a minute for the 70 minutes of naked nasty goodness. Or badness, depending on your point of view. "I'm happy to confirm that we have purchased it," Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch said in a statement Monday. "We went after this movie as vigorously as any sex tape we've ever pursued. We felt it was definitely worth it, not only because of Farrah's popularity, but because the footage itself is amazing.  ... "Farrah's looks remind me of a young Kim Kardashian," he said, "and we all know how her story turned out. " Of course, Kardashian didn't have the reality show before the sex tape.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2013 | By David Horsey
Here is a political object lesson from the seamier, steamier end of the entertainment business: The new law in Los Angeles County requiring actors in pornographic films to wear condoms seems merely to have pushed the smutty movie industry into the quiet residential areas of unincorporated Ventura County. The lesson? Passing a law to banish unhealthy behavior does not necessarily solve a problem, it just kicks it to another place or directly into a courtroom. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has famously taken on several public health causes during his years in office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano and Rong-Gong Lin II
Following the lead of Los Angeles County voters, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks plans to introduce an ordinance that would require actors in adult films to wear condoms. The supervisor said such a measure may encourage producers of such films to go elsewhere, according to the Ventura County Star .  “If it means they can only film someplace else, that would be fine with me,” Parks said, according to the Star. The ordinance would apply to unincorporated areas of Ventura County and is expected to be taken up by the Board of Supervisors in May. One of the nation's most prominent pornography producers is suing Los Angeles County in federal court to overturn its new law. The suit by Vivid Entertainment, filed in January in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, says the condom measure, approved by 57% of L.A. County voters in the Nov. 6 election, violates the 1st Amendment protection of free expression.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
One of the nation's most prominent pornography producers is suing Los Angeles County in federal court to overturn a new law requiring actors to wear condoms during filming. The suit by Vivid Entertainment, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, says the 1st Amendment's protection of free expression was violated after 57% of L.A. County voters approved the condom-porn measure during the Nov. 6 election. "The exercise of 1st Amendment freedoms cannot be limited by referendum," the suit said.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2013 | By David Horsey
Here is a political object lesson from the seamier, steamier end of the entertainment business: The new law in Los Angeles County requiring actors in pornographic films to wear condoms seems merely to have pushed the smutty movie industry into the quiet residential areas of unincorporated Ventura County. The lesson? Passing a law to banish unhealthy behavior does not necessarily solve a problem, it just kicks it to another place or directly into a courtroom. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has famously taken on several public health causes during his years in office.
NEWS
March 2, 2003
The article "See No Evil" (by P.J. Huffstutter, Jan. 12) unfairly implies that Vivid Entertainment Group follows the same practices as other adult movie makers in matters of safety and workplace conditions. Our rules require performers to bring a recent HIV test to the set and to wear condoms during intercourse on all Vivid movies. Vivid, unlike other producers, does not "easily overlook" those rules. Our sets have clean facilities and our performers are treated with respect. Vivid also is not among the companies that refuse to provide workers' compensation insurance for performers.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Vivid Entertainment is bringing porn to Google TV. The Los Angeles adult entertainment company launched its Vivid for Google TV channel on Monday as "the first TV app designed to make sexually explicit content available through the new Google TV set-top device. " It will be the first time that adult channels will be available on Google TV, although users can surf for anything on the Web through its built-in browser. Apple, one of Google's biggest rivals, has had a long-standing policy of not allowing adult content on Apple TV, iTunes or the App Store for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
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