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Porn Shoots Fizzling in Los Angeles, Thanks to On-Set Condom Rule

Los Angeles is losing its status as the production center of pornographic films, thanks to  a voter-approved measure requiring performers to wear condoms on sets.

Permits issued for X-rated productions have fallen by 90% since 2012, when Los Angeles County voters passed Measure B in November of that year after a campaign contending that the law  would protect performers from outbreaks of sexually transmitted diseases. The porn industry had opposed the measure, asserting that mandatory testing of actors for HIV was effective.

FilmL.A., which handles permits for the city and county, said that the number of permits issued last year for porn shoots totalled 40. For 2014, that number through July was 20, which would likely equal about 35 by the end of the year.

Paul Audley, president of Film L.A., told Variety that prior to 2013, the agency gave a “best guess” number based on having included “nudity” as an activity and then looked at known adult film producers to come up with an estimate. Starting in 2013, the county and city required a new category, “non-simulated sexual activity,” which is used for current figures.

FilmL.A. has been campaigning in favor of legislation to expand California’s production tax incentive program to compete more effectively with other states such as New York and Georgia.

“It’s not helpful to have another segment of the industry leave the region,” Audley said.

The news was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

 

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