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FSC Proud to Announce New Members: Pipedream and Doc Johnson

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is honored to announce that leading adult novelty companies Doc Johnson and Pipedream Products have become the newest members of the adult industry trade association.

“We welcome Pipedream and Doc Johnson to our membership,” said FSC CEO Diane Duke. “Both companies are industry leaders and pioneers, bringing innovation to the novelty market for decades. We’re especially thrilled to have both companies support the No on Measure B campaign, because this issue affects all segments of the industry.

“Going forward, we look forward to doing more work with both Pipedream and Doc Johnson in the wholesale/retail side of the industry,” Duke added.

Doc Johnson was found in 1976 and has been referred to by Los Angeles Magazine as “the Procter & Gamble of sex toys.”

Doc Johnson founder Ron Braverman said, “Supporting the campaign to oppose Measure B is imperative to the entire adult industry; the irrational and extremist policies Measure B would impose on all of us would be devastating. As a founder of the novelty side of the industry, I stand firmly ‘NO on Measure B’ – I am glad to once again be onboard with FSC.”

Pipedream Products was founded in 1973 by Bob Feldman. The company currently includes more than 3,000 products in its catalog. CEO Nick Orlandino was named to the Storerotica Hall of Fame this year, and the company also was named Company of the Year.

"I am proud to be a member of the Free Speech Coalition. As a leader in the adult novelty industry, Pipedream is prepared to do whatever it takes to protect the industry from Measure B,” Orlandino said.

For more information on FSC membership, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (818) 348-9373.



FSC Calls for a Temporary Moratorium on Production Nationwide

CANOGA PARK, Calif. - A performer who tested positive for syphilis has been in touch with FSC and is meeting with FSC’s medical professionals to begin partner identification, evaluation and treatment. FSC has called a temporary moratorium on production until the risk to performers in the industry has been properly assessed and all performers have been tested.

APHSS’ doctors have met and discussed the best avenue to protect the performers and have determined that testing the entire population is the most prudent strategy. A determination will be made by the doctors on the appropriate time to lift the moratorium as more information is revealed.

FSC encourages any performer who may have tested positive for syphilis to contact FSC’s Executive Director, Diane Duke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 818-348-9373 and FSC will make sure the performer receives immediate medical support including confidential partner identification and treatment.

FSC will provide daily updates on the situation to the industry through press releases and our APHSS blog http://blog.aphss.org/.


FSC Meets With L.A. City Administrator to Discuss Condom Ordinance

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Free Speech Coalition (FSC) Executive Director Diane Duke and FSC Board Chair Jeffrey Douglas met today with Los Angeles City Administrator Miguel Santana and his staff to discuss the recently enacted condom ordinance for adult industry productions.

Duke and Douglas listened to the City Administrator's thoughts on the ordinance in general and the complications inherent in its implementation and enforcement specifically.  FSC discussed constitutional issues raised by the ordinance and voiced concern over the potential for government overreach in its enforcement.

According to Duke, the meeting was very successful.

“We appreciate the opportunity to meet with the City Administrator, to communicate the industry’s concerns, and to receive information and clarification about the City's options for moving forward,” she said.

In January, the condom ordinance for adult industry productions was signed into law by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and went into effect on March 5. Th e L.A. City Council directed the City Administrator's Office (CAO) to organize the Adult Film Industry Working Group as the entity responsible for creating an implementation structure for the condom ordinance.  According to CAO staff, the next meeting of that working group will be Friday, May11th.

In related news, Duke also has started a three-part series explaining the details of the mandatory condom regulations in California, the first of which focuses on the LA condom ordinance and can be viewed at the FSC Blog.


 2257 Decision Reversed on Appeal in Third Circuit

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Free Speech Coalition (FSC) received news this morning that it won the appeal to the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning an earlier District Court decision to dismiss the suit challenging the constitutionality of 18 U.S.C. § 2257 and 2257a. This allows the lawsuit to continue in the District Court.


The suit was originally filed by FSC and 14 other plaintiffs.


This decision represents a significant victory for FSC, the other plaintiffs and their attorneys, in opposing the regulations governing age verification record-keeping for adult producers and adult performers.


“FSC would like to thank our attorneys Mike Murray and Lorraine Baumgardner for their incredible work on this case thus far,” FSC Executive Director Diane Duke. “This decision is critical in three ways - it was unanimous, it supports the arguments that FSC has made all along and it supports the 4th amendment question included in our most recent challenge to 2257. This is a very important next step in our work to eliminate the burden from the adult industry of this onerous regulation.”


Attorneys Murray and Baumgardner represented FSC and the other plaintiffs in the suit, which challenged 2257 and 2257a on grounds that the regulations violate the First Amendment rights of adult producers and threaten the privacy rights of adult performers. 


“We are thrilled today with the victory today, in the Third Circuit, reversing the District Court’s decision dismissing constitutional challenges to 2257 and 2257a,” said Murray. “We’re excited the Third Circuit agreed the First and Fourth Amendment claims are worthy and we’re looking forward to returning to District Court, where we’ll be in a position to put on evidence to demonstrate the constitutional infirmities of this burdensome statutory scheme.


“This represents a great victory for free speech rights and rights of privacy under the Fourth Amendment,” Murray added.


FSC has challenged 2257 regulations on behalf of the adult industry since 2005, when the regulations first came into effect.



CCBill Joins FSC

CANOGA Park, Calif. – Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is proud to announce that payment processing company CCBill has joined as its newest member.

“CCBill has been a leader in industry payment processing for many years, and FSC is very happy to announce their membership,” said FSC Executive Director Diane Duke. “Particularly, at this time, when there are many challenges that affect revenue for the entire industry, we are thrilled to have the support of CCBill. Clearly, as a company, CCBill supports the industry by providing reliable payment processing options – and now, they are supporting FSC’s efforts to meet the challenges facing adult industry businesses.”

CCBill is a leader in global online payment processing, providing solutions for more than 30,000 websites since 1998.

“We have always been and remain committed to helping businesses in this industry be successful. Our merchants know first-hand how committed we are to protecting their operations and the support FSC provides to the greater online community is right in line with this philosophy. We are proud to be one of the coalition’s members and look forward to continuing the relationship,” said Jake Powers, VP of e-commerce for CCBill.

The company also co-hosts the online trade show The Phoenix Forum, which has been a long-time favorite event for many online adult professionals and companies.

At this year’s Phoenix Forum, held from March 29 to April 1, FSC’s Duke participated in two panel discussions and successfully networked with many FSC members and representatives from online industry businesses.

“FSC could not continue ‘to fight the good fight’ on behalf of the adult industry without the support of our members,” Duke said. “We appreciate our members’ support, and we welcome CCBill.”

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