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Adult Film/state business license & club vs. business

I am currently in Portland Or. and have many girlfriends who have "male friends". I would like to start a business where it is not only legal but safe for them and I can make some $$ to. I know California is one of the only states its legal for porno to be made with out falling under prostition. My question to you is would I be protected under California law if I set up my business down there and got a off site permit and worked up here? My other questiin is if I need to be completely set up in Oregon would it be better to have a private club with memberships or a company? I know the "pot clubs" got around some similar restrictiins up here.
Thank you,


I am assuming from your post that you would like to product your own adult content, using your girlfriends and their "male friends" as talent. Under California case law, adult producers are afforded certain protections for content that is produced and sold IN California.  You cannot obtain a permit from California to produce content outside of the state.

I'm not sure what you mean by a "private club," but that sounds less like production of adult content and more like a brothel; the latter is definitely a no-no.  Ultimately, the structure of your company, the process and manner in which you obtain your talent and product your content will determine your compliance with applicable local, state and federal law.  I would strongly suggest that you retain a qualified lawyer to advise you, as the risks can be very significant.  If you would like to speak with me further, feel free to contact me through


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Dan Pepper


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 and requesting a copy of the Top 6 Considerations of Starting an Adult Entertainment Business. You may find your question answered there.



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 My firm also operates 2257Sentry, one of the industry's leading 18 USC 2257 custodian record keeping services for producers of adult content.

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

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BA in Political Science, JD (law degree)

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