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ASSEMBLYMEMBER ISADORE HALL REINTRODUCES CONDOM LEGISLATION AS AB 1576

January 31, 2014

 

Free Speech Coalition (FSC) has learned today new legislation that would mandate barrier protection for adult performers was introduce to the California Assembly by Assemblymember Isadore Hall (D – Compton).

 

The new bill is called AB 1576 and was introduced prior to the deadline for new bills to reach the assembly. This is the third time that Assemblymember Hall has attempted to push through mandatory barrier protection; in 2013, he sponsored both AB 332 and 640 in unsuccessful bids to legislate condom use in the adult production industry.

 

“This measure will further drive production out of state and create severe hardships for ancillary businesses,” said FSC CEO Diane Duke. “Last year, we were able to defeat AB 332 and 640 by going to Sacramento to lobby. It made a big difference for legislators to see people show up to protest those bills. When we go there again, to fight AB 1576, we will really need the assistance of everyone in the industry – our livelihood in California is at stake.”

 

The primary advocate for mandatory condom regulations is nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which has supported Hall’s campaigns to have the bills passed into law. This latest attempt to mandate barrier protection usage is the latest development in AHF’s nearly ten-year long campaign to force legislation on the adult industry.

 

 

FSC Summit This Week, Full Line-Up of Speakers

Free Speech Coalition will present its annual Summit, Jan 22-24, in conjunction with the XBIZ 360 conference, to be held at the W Hotel in West Hollywood, CA, next week. The FSC Summit will host seminars on challenges that affect adult businesses today, including product piracy, legal best practices, and the latest on issues affecting content production.

Attendence for the FSC Summit is free of charge, but you must register to attend. To register, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text57284 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //-->\n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (818) 348-9373. Time is running out to reserve your spot for these informative seminars.

This year’s seminars include:

  • Code of Ethics – Seal of Approval – Jan 22, 10am

A few years back, the Free Speech Coalition, with input from countless industry members, created a Code of Ethics for the pleasure products and adult entertainment industry. With increased scrutiny from the government, payment processors, banks insurance companies etc. it is important for adult businesses to be able to demonstrate good business practices and solid ethical standards. This seminar will review the industry code of ethics and reveal how your company can get the FSC Code of Ethics Seal of Approval to display in your company or store’s window and on your website.


Speakers:
Bob Christian, General Manager of Adam and Eve
Larry Garland, Founder and CEO of Eldorado
Diane Duke, CEO of Free Speech Coalition
Moderator – Jeffrey Douglas First Amendment Attorney and FSC Board Chair

  • Hey! They Are Selling my Products on eBay! Anti-counterfeit Pilot Results – Jan 22nd, 11am

Because of the Internet, the pleasure products industry has been able to broaden its base of consumers. However, the internet has also broadened the amount and distribution of counterfeit pleasure products. Is there anything that can be done? Come and discuss the results of an FSC sponsored pilot with executives from Screaming O, Sportsheets and the company exploring ways to curb distribution of counterfeit pleasure products—Piracy Stops Here.


Speakers:
David ‘Hui’ Newnham, The Screaming O
Tom or Julie Stewart, Sportsheets
Peter Phinney, Stop Piracy Now
Vaughn Greenwalt, IP Consultant
Moderator – Diane Duke

  • When The Cops Come Knocking – Jan 23rd, 10am

This seminar will focus on preparing members of the pleasure products and adult entertainment industry on proper techniques in responding to law enforcement and/or government officials. Law enforcement can strike at any moment and adult industry members need to understand how to not prejudice themselves or improperly supply any testimony or evidence to law enforcement. Year after year, there has been a steady increase in law enforcement activity in the adult industry from agencies such as the FBI, FTC, OSHA, local police, and DHS; this seminar will explore and educate participants on some simple steps that may save you from self-incrimination.


Panelists – Industry attorneys Corey Silverstein, Jeffrey Douglas, Karen Tynan
Moderator – Diane Duke

  • 2014 Adult Content Production in California – Jan 24th, 11am

What is the current situation for filming in Los Angeles and California as a whole? Where are we with the Measure B lawsuit? Is it safe to film in LA? What is up with CalOSHA? Should we expect Assembly Member Hall’s mandatory barrier protection bill AB 640 to resurface in January? Filming in California is complicated to say the least. Get the scoop from those who are in the know about what to expect for 2014.


Speakers:
Paul Audley, CEO Film LA
Kevin Bland, Workplace Safety Attny and FSC’s CalOSHA Consultant
Paul Cambria, Measure B Attorney
Diane Duke
Moderator – Jeffrey Douglas

 

FSC Announces New Members to Board of Directors

December 27, 2013 - FSC is proud to announce new members to its Board of Directors. The Board election was open to all active FSC members and was held during the month of December.

Incumbent board members that were re-elected include Bob Christian, Larry Garland and Christian Mann.

Mark Schechter owner, ATMLA (Adult Talent Managers Los Angeles), was one of two newly elected board members.  "I am honored to be elected to the Board of Directors of the FSC.  I am excited with the opportunity to contribute to the FSC organization and have a positive effect onto the Adult Industry and the people who are a part of it,” Schechter commented. 

Also newly elected to the Board was adult content producer and photographer Mo Reese, who voiced his appreciation, “I would like to thank FSC members for their support - it is an honor to have earned a seat on the board of directors. I look forward to taking a more active role in helping our industry move in a positive, productive direction.”

Members of the board in good standing include Peter Acworth, Jeffrey Douglas, Alec Helmy, Marci Hirsch, Joel Kaminsky, Mark Kernes, Reed Lee and Lynn Swanson, bringing the total number of seats to thirteen.

“FSC is fortunate to have a group of highly intelligent, energetic and inspirational people to lead our organization,” said Diane Duke Free Speech Coalition’s CEO.  “Looks like 2014 will be a great year!”

 

FSC Supports the Fight Against ISP Blocking in the UK

The Free Speech Coalition is pleased to be able to join with the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) at the UK’s Authority of Television On Demand (ATVOD) conference: “For Adults Only — Protecting Children From Online Porn”

The two organizations reinforced their common purpose to protect children online and have called for a public education campaign as the only viable alternative to blanket censorship, such as ISP blocking, based on the findings of their report ‘Protecting Children in the Digital Age.’

Any media requests should be directed to:

Sue Mutton

Susannah Mutton PR & Marketing Consultancy

07885700128

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ADULT PRODUCTION MORATORIUM LIFTED

Final Test Results Come Up Negative; Performers May Return to Work After Retesting

 

Dec 12, 2013 - The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and the Performer Availability Screening Services (PASS) announced today that all first-generation partners of the the performer who tested positive last week have been completed. There have been no further positive HIV tests within the performer pool. Production can resume on December 13.

 

The last at-risk interaction between the performer who tested positive and another performer occurred three weeks ago, on November 21. The testing window for the RNA-Aptima HIV test is 7-10 days. PASS doctors have since tested and retested that performer's first generation contacts in the performer pool, on-set and off. None generated a positive test for HIV.

 

As previously announced, all performers must have retested in the PASS system on or after December 5  in order to be cleared to return to work. December 5 is fourteen days after the last at-risk interaction between the positive performer and any member of the performer pool, and beyond the 7-10 day window for the RNA-Aptima HIV test.

 

"While we understand that a moratorium is difficult for both performers and producers, it's important that we're cautious when dealing with HIV," said Diane Duke, head of the Free Speech Coalition. "For nearly a decade, the combination of moratoriums and testing have been successful at preventing HIV transmission in the adult workplace. However, we must be always vigilant, and work to improve that record."

 

The current moratorium was called on December 6, after an adult film performer came up HIV positive during a routine screening. Production was immediately halted while "first generation" contacts (those who had contact with the positive performer that could potentially transmit the virus) were tested. Adult performers are tested every fourteen days for a slate of STIs, including HIV.

 

Moratoriums are one of the most effective tools we have to protect adult performers, and allow us to stop HIV at the industry gates. We thank the performers and producers for observing the moratorium, and the performer who worked so closely with PASS to identify at-risk partners.

 

 
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