|25th February |
25 years for inciting violent attacks on South Park Creators
Thanks to Nick
Based on article from
A man who admitted posting online threats against the creators of the animated TV series South Park has been jailed for 25 years.
Zachary Adam Chesser encouraged violent jihadists to attack South Park writers for an episode that
depicted Mohammed in a bear suit, court documents said. Chesser also admitted that he tried to go to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab, an Islamic militant group that the United States considers a terrorist organization.
He posted online messages that
included the writers' home addresses and urged online readers to pay them a visit, the documents said.
His actions caused people throughout the country to fear speaking out -- even in jest -- to avoid being labeled as enemies who
deserved to be killed, U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said: The fact that a young man from Northern Virginia could support such violence and terror is a sobering reminder of the serious threat that homegrown jihadists pose to this country.
Chesser was born in the United States and converted to Islam in high school.
|24th February |
John Stagliano refutes nutter campaign
article from business.avn.com
Adult film maker John Stagliano (Buttman) issued the following statement decrying the recent attacks on personal liberties by moral crusaders:
This week, the group 'Pornography Harms' continued its campaign to ban free
speech and adult entertainment through a letter circulated around Capitol Hill with the goal of spurring elected officials into enacting the group's dangerous agenda. The letter cites worn-out and debunked claims that view.
Recent statistics show those claims simply are not true. A study from a Clemson University economist showed that violent and sexual crimes have actually decreased as Internet usages have increased. The study's author found that
states whose Internet access expanded the fastest saw rapes and sexual crimes decline the most.
We are tired of being slandered. It is apparent that if people are left free to consume pornography, if they so choose,
the world is a healthier, less violent place.'
In 2008, the Department of Justice's Obscenity Prosecution Task Force brought charges against Stagliano in a trial which gained national attention over its free speech
implications. In July of 2010, the trial ended in a Judicial Acquittal after the Judge ruled there wasn't sufficient evidence presented by the prosecution to convict. Groups such as Pornography Harms have lobbied government agencies and elected officials
to continue to stifle first amendment / free speech rights through similar prosecutions.
The recent Pornography Harms letter urges readers to donate to Morality in Media, an organization with a long history of First
Amendment suppression tactics and alignment with other censorship driven groups. They have frequently used similar outlandish claims and factual distortions as part of their extremist agenda, such as claiming there's a link between gay marriage and mass
killings. If these anti-speech activists are initially successful with their censorship agenda, they won't stop until they have turned all broadcasts and publications in line with their narrow worldview.
The only real
violence involved is prosecuting someone like me with an obscenity law, a law that you can't know in advance when you are breaking it.'
|14th February |
Los Angeles initiates feasibility study of mandatory condom usage in adult film production
On Friday, the Los Angles City Council voted unanimously on a motion to instruct the City Attorney to explore the feasibility of conditioning the issuance of film permits granted under City authority to the use of condoms in adult film productions.
The motion, introduced by Councilmember Bill Rosendahl at a Council meeting in mid-December, now directs the city Attorney to, ...report back within 45 days to explain the mechanisms necessary to enable the City's film permit process to require
workplace safety in the production of all adult films.
We commend Councilmember Rosendahl and the entire City Council for their unanimous vote in favor of this legal study to explore making adult film permits conditional on the use of
condoms in adult films, said Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Under existing California law, condoms are already required in the production of adult films, yet the industry remains convinced it is above the law. This
City Council action is a step toward better enforcement and oversight to safeguard the health and safety of adult film workers. Tying condom use to adult-film production permits is absolutely the responsible thing to do, protecting adult film industry
performers who---under the current system of testing---are routinely asked to risk their lives and health in order to continue working.
|10th February |
Porn industry STI testing clinic reopens with the correct licence
A San Fernando Valley clinic that caters to porn stars has re-opened after being forced to close for operating under the wrong type of license.
Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation spokeswoman Jennifer Miller says the clinic is now a
private corporation, instead of a non-profit operating under a physician's license.
The clinic is a preferred medical provider of many actors in the porn industry, providing a discreet environment for frequent HIV tests.
|7th February |
300 US churches kindly hype porn
Thanks to Alan
Based on article from
Super Bowl Sunday, is being dubbed Porn Sunday by more than 300 pastors, who will talk openly about pornography with their congregations.
Event organizer Craig Gross, founder of XXXchurch.com, said the centerpiece of Porn Sunday will be a
39-minute video featuring him and several NFL players talking openly about the problems created by the $13 billion-per-year industry.
About 95 million people will watch the Super Bowl, Gross said, but research indicates that 40 million people
visit porn websites every day. And 47% of Christians say pornography is a problem in the home. Porn revenue, he said, is bigger than the combined revenues of football, baseball and basketball leagues in this country.
But pornhub.com, which
describes itself as the leading provider of adult content online, believes these types of public discussions lead to greater awareness of adult offerings online and likely will result in greater traffic on the site, Pornhub marketing Vice President Corey
|7th February |
Pay site operator blames loss of revenue on free porn so sues RedTube
article from wired.com
Free porn has a lot to answer for in terms of a negative effect on the adult industry, but it isn't against the law as Kevin Cammarata found out.
He made a complaint against Redtube.com owner Bright Imperial Limited of Hong Kong claiming: The
ubiquitous distribution of free adult videos through redtube.com has had a massive negative impact on the business model of adult website proprietors. Now that consumers have the ability to watch high quality adult videos for free on redtube.com,
fewer are making the choice to pay other adult website proprietors for the same content.
He claimed that Redtube.com has caused many millions of dollars of damages to proprietors of adult entertainment websites and was a violation of
California's Unfair Practices Act.
This case was nothing to do with copyright violations. The free videos are all legal and are basically trailers tempting people to buy subscriptions and the like. Presumably the law cited is to prevent 'dumping'
where an entity drives competitors out of business by selling at impossibly low prices with a view to cleaning up later.
The Appeals Court's ruling showed some initial sympathy for Cammarata's grievance which is common among porn producers. According to one adult entertainment executive, the formerly profitable subscription-based websites 'have been brought to their knees' by the tube-based sites,
they observed. But the justices could find no evidence that Redtube's marketing strategy had anything to do with putting Cammarata out of business so dismissed the charges.
If Cammarata's subscription-based website lost revenue after
Redtube and other tube-based websites came on the scene it was because the tube-based business model is more efficient, not because of alleged predatory pricing by Bright, the court concluded.
|21st January |
Marriott considers the future of hotel room movie systems
Perhaps they will provide a massively blocked internet connection that can be unblocked only for a suitably extortionate charge, somehow in the name of an
age verification service.
See article from
Following news reports that an unnamed hotel chain customer of in-room television provider LodgeNet was planning to phase out in-room porn, Marriott said that it was the chain in question.
But the company announcement also strongly implied, though
it did not actually state, that existing rooms will continue to serve up adult fare while new rooms being built over the next several years will not.
Indeed, the announcement made to USA Today actually augurs more access to adult content in
Marriott rooms in the future rather than less. Considering the company's stated commitment to upgrading in-room technologies that will supersede the traditional way in which video and other in-room entertainment has been made available to its customers,
guests can look forward to unlimited access to desired content of all types.
The company said in response to a query by USA Today:
It is our practice to keep adult content out of the reach of children and
unavailable to any adult who chooses not to view it. We have strong controls in place that allow guests to block these materials. Changing technology and how guests access entertainment has reduced the revenue hotels and their owners derive from in-room
movies, including adult content. We are working with in-room entertainment providers and technology vendors to transition to the next generation of in-room entertainment. This new platform of Internet-based video-on-demand will facilitate our exit from
the traditional hotel video systems that included adult content in the menu selection, and will also provide guests greater choice and control over what they watch across our system.
In a confusing statement perhaps referring
to to existing hotel movie service, Marriott added:
As we transition to this new platform, adult content will be off the menu for virtually all of our newly built hotels. Over the next few years, this will be the
policy across our system.
|20th January |
Apple have NOT allowed Playboy nudes onto an iPad app
See article from
There are headlines flying around the internet suggesting that Apple censors have relented and allowed a soft porn app onto iPad.
However closer inspection shows that this is simply not the case and Apple continue their crusade for technology
A Playboy spokesperson clarified the news for Forbes.
We are releasing a web-based subscription service with Bondi Digital Publishing that will give users access to every issue of Playboy both past and
present. The service will be iPad compatible and will utilize iPad functions.
We also have plans to release a non-nude version of a Playboy-branded iPad app in the coming months that adheres to all of Apple's policies
|10th January |
Winners of the Oscars of porn
See article from business.avn.com
|5th January |
Porn: a multibillion-dollar industry that renders all authentic desire plastic
See article from guardian.co.uk