Adult Film/Law Inquiry


Question
I currently live in Georgia, and I have questions concerning starting up a porn/film production company legally.

1) What are the legal steps so that I do not violate any laws/regulations?

2) What are the fees associated with licenses/permits to run a legal adult film prodution company?

3) If I produce the film in another state, but upload the film/clip online in Georgia. What state's laws do I have to follow when it comes to that situation?

Answer
Reuben,

You ask some pretty broad questions, including specific legal advice, which I cannot provide in this forum.  In general, you need to to proceed with careful legal planning, otherwise there are very good odds that you will get yourself in trouble.

I STRONGLY advise you seek individual legal guidance to understand Georgia's prostitution laws (as well as any other state in which you seek to film), the law of obscenity, Section 2257, copyright, the law of publicity, and laws for the protection of children.  The legal advice would need to apply these areas against the specific content and business practices you seek to employ.  As far as fees, Georgia does not have any licenses/permits specific to the adult entertainment industry (unless you plan on shooting in a public space, in which local permits may be necessary).  Otherwise, you're looking at state filing fees to form your business entity (like an LLC or corporation).

In general, you shouldn't expect to gain all of the answers to your legal questions in a forum like this.  There is simply far too much risk to do so.  Feel free to contact me directly through my website at adultwebsitelawyer.com to schedule a consultation.

Hope to hear from and good luck!

Dan  

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Lawyer representing adult industry businesses and entertainers, and can answer questions related to:

How to start an adult film business or adult website LEGALLY.

What laws to be concerned about with getting into the adult entertainment industry.

What terms and conditions do you need on your adult website.

How to comply with 18 USC 2257 - the federal record keeping requirements.

What forms and agreements do you need for models and crew.

How to deal with copyright and trademark laws.

Before asking your question, I recommend visiting adultwebsitelawyer.com and requesting a copy of the Top 6 Considerations of Starting an Adult Entertainment Business. You may find your question answered there.

I ALSO DO NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM MALES INTERESTED IN STARRING IN ADULT FILMS.

Experience

I have been practicing law since 1994, and have represented numerous businesses and entertainers in the adult entertainment industry as the managing member of Pepper Law Group, LLC, at adultwebsitelawyer.com. My firm also operates 2257Sentry, one of the industry's leading 18 USC 2257 custodian record keeping services for producers of adult content.

Organizations
Free Speech Coalition, Frequent speaker at adult industry events including the Internext Expo and Exxxotica New York; interviewed in AVN Online; regular contributor to XBiz World

Publications
XBiz World AVN Online

Education/Credentials
BA in Political Science, JD (law degree)

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