Why Hollywood Does Not Require “Saving” From the Recordkeeping Requirements Imposed by 18 U.S.C. Section 2257


In the latest edition of The Pocket Part Professor Ann Bartow responds to Alan Levy’s earlier piece How “Swingers” Might Save Hollywood from a Federal Pornography Statute. Bartow argues so “eager was Levy to ‘save Hollywood’ from having to keep records to verify that performers engaging in actual sexually explicit conduct are legally adults, that he grossly distorted the meaning and effect of 18 U.S.C. § 2257.” She also argues that, “[i]ronically, while exaggerating the negative impact of § 2257, [Levy] simultaneously underestimated the problematic nature of a different statutory provision potentially requiring record keeping for performers who engage in simulated sexual conduct.”

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