The Yale Law Journal Pocket Part: How “Swingers” Might Save Hollywood from a Federal Pornography Statute
posted by Yale Law Journal
“Section 2257 of title 18 of the U.S. Code requires that ‘producers’ of photographs and films of ‘actual sexually explicit conduct’ create and maintain records documenting the age of the performers depicted in those performances. The statute’s purpose is to ensure that the performers are not minors. This recordkeeping statute has generally been limited to the adult film industry, although recently the statute’s impact has crept into the realm of mainstream film and television. For over two decades, the statute has withstood numerous constitutional challenges by the adult film industry and civil libertarian organizations. On October 23, 2007, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that § 2257 was overbroad on its face and therefore unconstitutional.”
This week The Pocket Part takes a look at how this case, recently vacated for rehearing, could impact the free speech claims of the adult and mainstream entertainment industry in addition to the constitutional rights of individual adults that engage in private conduct implicated by the record keeping requirement of § 2257.