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Remember Freedom Of Speech?
You won't for long. The government can't stop it entirely just yet, but they can regulate it out of business -- in the name of protecting the children, of course!

The United States Goverment is looking to stamp out pornography, starting at midnight tonight. While sitting in church, people think it's fine to say "I abhor porn", but most men still look at it. It makes a nice safe political platform. If a politican stands up and says "Lets stop pornography", not too many people will argue with him.

I'm arguing right now. Leave my pornography alone. If I want to watch consenting adults having intercourse, that's my own business. It doesn't matter if I see it in a magazine, on Cinemax late at night, or on the Internet.

The U.S. Goverment has passed "18 U.S.C. § 2257", which effectively shuts down every American owned or operated adult industry where there may be a photograph or video. It requires more paperwork than even the most adept accountant could possibly keep up with. The punishment for even a single offense if $25,000 and/or 5 years in jail. Having even two pictures of adults in intimate situations would double those fines.

There's an example at the link above. And look, even Internet personals are affected. And then there's this:

Editor: I felt it necessary to reply to the following comment:

You do realize that 18 U.S.C. § 2257 was passed in the 1980s, right? To prevent child pornography after Traci Lords started making videos as an underage teen lying about her age.

The laws have done absolutely nothing to stop what Traci Lords did. They require a virtually impossible paper trail to be created. Tracy Lords had a real drivers license, obtained through illegal methods. The drivers license had the wrong name, the wrong birthdate, but her photograph. Even with all the new laws, what does this do to stop the 15 year old Traci Lords from performing? Absolutely nothing

As for the fact that every webmaster already has this paper trail, that is false. They may have the model releases already on file, but now they're required to create a new paper trail to every instance of the photograph anywhere it may be shown, which in most cases is impossible. The new paper trail, retroactive to every photo shot since 1969, makes it impossible ffor any American adult entertainment company work. In addition, providers of DVD's, in brick and mortor stores, or on the Internet, must have the full paper trail for every video they provide. In the past, they've simply referenced the people who do have the records.

Posted by aalkon at June 24, 2005 8:23 AM

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This sucks. Agreed?

Posted by: Little Ted at June 24, 2005 2:55 PM

It does suck. And not in a fun way.

Posted by: Goddyss at June 24, 2005 3:23 PM

They've been trying to regulate the gun industry to death for years. In California, they are succeeding. It's not suprising that politicians have started to use this same tactic on other issues. Someday soon the right wingers will catch on and use the same tactic on abortion rights. Liberals who started us down this road in the first place will only have themselves to blame.

Posted by: nash at June 25, 2005 5:34 AM

Oh, Nash, quit mimicking Rush Limbaugh. Liberals, bad! Everything they do is eeeeevil! Please. Grow up.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at June 25, 2005 9:04 AM

Porn doesn't f*ck people! People with porn f*ck people!!

Posted by: Goddyss at June 28, 2005 4:41 PM

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