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Porn Shoot Permits Drop 90% In LA County After Condom Use Mandate

Measure B, a 2012 Los Angeles County ordinance passed by voters which requires condom usage on porn shoots in the county, appears to have resulted in a massive drop in the number of shoot permits. 

It's doubtful that adult filmmakers have suddenly stopped shooting porn in Los Angeles and the working assumption is that production has simply gone underground, though some filmmakers say they're now shooting outside of Los Angeles County and some have even left the state. (Apparently Nevada's an attractive option?)

From The Associated Press:

"A lot are simply shooting in out-of-the-way places where they won't be caught," says Mark Kernes, senior editor at Adult Video News, which tracks industry trends. "Normally it's in people's homes who are willing to rent them out for a day. Sometimes it's out in the woods. There are vacation cabins far away from anything that you can shoot a movie at." 

AP continues:

Wherever the filmmakers are working now, only 20 have applied for permits so far this year, according to Film LA, which issues them.

Last year 40 adult filmmakers took out permits, compared with 485 in 2012, the last year before the ordinance took effect.

Los Angeles County Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, a condom-use advocate maintains that he and other proponents of condom usage "don't want to run adult filmmakers and their $7 billion-a-year industry out of town. Instead, they say, they simply want to protect the industry's workers from sexually transmitted diseases."

Do you think the measure's passage is having the desired effect, Instincters? Do you agree with mandated condom usage on porn shoots?

 

(H/T: Joe.My.God.)

Comments

The prevention of STDS is the most important thing we can do today, with AIDS/HIV on the rise again today, including cancers that can be caused from sexual intercourse (yes that can happen too!), it's important that they take this measure to enhance security and safety of their workers. Especially since the youth of America and the rest of the developed world tune in so much to it today and engage in unsafe sex, thinking no condoms way to go is so wrong and really dangerous! LA did a great thing, the industry in itself needs to have stricter mandates and policies on this issue biased of what local governments enact in accordance too.

Well... except you're wrong. And don't know what you're talking about. Before the condom law, all the straight companies had very strict testing regimens that lead to a 100% safety record. There was never a single instance of HIV being transmitted before, so long as the protocols were followed. Now... we don't really know. All those safety nets were either taken away or are ignored. LA didn't do anything but remove a huge revenue stream and make work less safe for performers.

The condom manufacturer lobbyist are behind this. As in every case big corporations threat to pull out financial support to these politicians if they don't push their agenda. It is what it is. 

I know that COLT uses condoms too and has been around the longest, so I'm sure there is no worry there!

Plus, they still turn out incredible productions after all these years.

Agreed, have you seen their new redhead Seth Fornea?  Wow!  The world's best muscled, ginger man!  

Oh, yes I have. Genetic gift.

This is just a political means of pushing the "seedy" porn industry out of Southern California. And hey that's fine, just go shoot someplace else. Is LA the ONLY place to shoot porn? Seriously who care just go to NV, FL, NY Etc.

Its a safety measure like any other job or occupation rather would mandate. Its good in a holistic view in part we still will have to see.

The use of condoms is up to the talent. If one does wish to use them, there are studios that still use them 100%. Great studios like Falcon, Hot House, Raging Stallion, Cazzo, Stag Homme, etc. There shouldn't be any input from LA in this matter. Choices are everywhere and if the talent wants to shoot their cum up the ass of whomever they're fucking or pull out, rip that condom off and impregnate someone's face, that's their call.

None of the studios you mention are in Los Angeles. So nothing has changed for them.

This I know. This affects the straighter side of things more, but the point is that there are a plethora of choices available to the talent for career success. The other point is that LA still has no business in demanding an individual use a condom or not. There are far more pressing issues plaguing LA.

yeah, it does seem to be a bit pointless to create a problem where there isn't one.

Fucking nailed it, GDHJ.

I guess it would depend on the type of porn shot.. Bare back porn is its own nitch. So that piece of legislation just killed that market. At least in l.a. county..

There wasn't any being shot there anyway.

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