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A friend and I are looking into starting a porn filming business in TN however I can not find the laws prohibiting us in doing so. I am wondering if it is illegal in doing this in TN or do we need to film in another state

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Suppose that you were looking for petroleum, for oil in Tennessee. Suppose, too, you could not find any oil when you went looking for it in Tennessee.

You might think it through and recognize that there are people who go to school and then go to work for oil companies, people who have knowledge and experience.

And you might hire one of them to help you find out for sure whether there is an oil in Tennessee.

And suppose that you just could not find anyone in your state with good knowledge about whether there was or was not oil to be found. You might hire an expert from out of state to take a good look at the satellite images of Tennessee, the geophysical studies, the history of oil exploration in your state in general. He'd learn that Tennessee has three regions, that one of them is part of the Mississippi River Valley. He'd learn about Middle Tennessee, too. And finally, he'd make it his business to learn about Eastern Tennessee. And if he was good, he'd provide you with the best estimate of the situation that his knowledge and experience could produce. Now, if there had been very little study done of the subject, he'd tell you that this limits the value of he opinion, but he'd give you the best information he could.

It's very much like that with the laws concerning pornography production. Because you are not a lawyer, it may not mean much that you can't find information about the legality of what you propose. You may not be looking in the right places, and it's possible that you are overlooking things that actually give you a good estimate of the situation. You should try to find a lawyer in your state that knows this area, one who has experience and knowledge. I don't know of any, even though I belong to the First Amendment Lawyers' Association, the group to which just about every lawyer who is serious about this field belongs. But there just might be one I don't know about. If you can't find a local attorney, you'd get one from outside the state who has experience and knowledge in this area, even if he were located in some place as remote as Chicago.

If you want to talk with us, you know how to reach us through http://www.xxxlaw.com.

And if you don't want to talk with us, you can go to - well, somewhere else!

All the best,

JD  

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Numerous trials, including jury trials, criminal and civil since 1979. Obscenity. Section 2257. Copyright. Trademark. Communications Decency Act Section 230. Right of Privacy/Right of Publicity. Defamation/Libel/Slander. Warning Pages. Adult Internet Sites. Strip Clubs/Gentlemen's clubs. Massage Parlors. Prostitution. I am the author and operator of http://www.xxxlaw.com, the most comprehensive online legal resource concerning the law of adult entertainment online.

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I've been an attorney for 34 years, nearly 20 years as an attorney concentrating in adult entertainment law. Have spoken at 72 adult webmaster show legal seminars and forums in six nations, seven American states, and three provinces of Canada, have appeared on the O'Reilly factor concerning obscenity, have been published by Thompson-Gale. Full qualifications at xxxlaw.com. My firm, J.D. Obenberger and Associates has provided representation in both criminal and civil matters for adult content producers, the operators of adult online businesses, as well as brick and mortar adult operations for nearly twenty years. We provide legal strategy, forms, protocols, and guidance for every kind of adult operation. Our clients find us available 24/7/365 in every emergency. My background includes numerous jury trials including the defense of major drug case in federal court on the Mexican border at Brownsville, forgery, sexual assaults, gun offenses, aggravated kidnapping, and such civil matters as pharmaceutical malpractice, premises and construction liability, and personal injury. I have prosecuted cases in the name of the United States while serving as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. I have represented and advised clients in every part of the United States and from Hong Kong to Budapest. I am a regular columnist for XBIZ World and have published numerous articles in AVN and AVN Online and for YNOT.

Organizations
First Amendment Lawyers' Association, Free Speech Coalition, National Rifle Association, American Legion.

Publications
AVN, XBIZ, YNOT, Online Pornography, published by Thompson-Gale.

Education/Credentials
Doctor of Law, 1979, University of Wisconsin Law School. Dean's List. Graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Guest Lecturer, John Marshall Law School. I have presented Continuing Legal Education for practicing attorneys. Undergrad BA, the University of Wisconsin, double major in Political Science and History. Graduate, 90th Basic Judge Advocate General's Course on the campus of the University of Virginia.

Awards and Honors
Army Commendation Medal awarded as a Captain, US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, as the most requested criminal defense lawyer in the US Army, Europe.

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No legal issue too great or too hot to handle, no client too small to deserve zealous and effective representation.

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