FSC Leadership Conference 2019

Free Speech Coalition, the national trade association for the adult industries, will be hosting its second annual Leadership Conference on January 17, 2019 in conjunction with XBIZ at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood. The intimate, one-day conference will be open to FSC members and focus on key issues the industry faces.

Free Speech Coalition, the national trade organization for the adult industry, will hold its second annual Leadership Conference at XBIZ on January 17, 2019 at the Andaz Hotel. The conference brings in outside experts to address four major issues facing the industry in 2019 — banking discrimination, HIV law, the 2257 court battle, and the new age-verification regulations in the UK.

“The Leadership Conference is a way for industry leaders to directly address, question and learn from the policy makers, powerbrokers and experts whose decisions impact our lives,” says Eric Paul Leue, Executive Director of Free Speech Coalition. “We had a packed house for our premiere event last year, and we’re thrilled to be able to work with xBiz on this once again.”

This year’s speakers will include J. Michael Murray, lead counsel in the suit against 2257 regulations; G2’s Dave Landis, who will speak on new banking and billing regulations; Lambda Legal’s Scott Schoettes, who will speak on HIV discrimination law; and Murray Perkins, of the British Board of Film Classification, who will provide updates on the UK’s new age-verification legislation finally scheduled to take effect this spring.


XBIZ LA 2019
Andaz West Hollywood
8401 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Studio 4 (2nd Floor)


January 17th
10 am – 4 pm

Update on the UK Digital Economy Act – Age Verification

10am – 10:55am in Studio 4 (2nd Floor)

The UK age-verification rules are set to go into effect by this Easter, and the stakes are high for adult businesses that don’t comply, from outright bans to potential loss of global banking. Murray Perkins, the head of the British Board of Film Classification, will discuss the final rules as they stand, how businesses are supposed to comply, and what will happen to businesses that don’t.

Murray Perkins, Head of the DEA for BBFC

Murray Perkins is Head of the Digital Economy Act at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). He joined the BBFC as a Film and Video Examiner in 2000 and was Senior Examiner responsible for the 18 and R18 categories from 2005, regularly consulting with the Metropolitan police and Crown Prosecution Service on issues relating to pornography, and advising the UK’s adult industry on regulations. Prior to coming to the UK, Murray worked for New Zealand’s Office of Film and Literature Classification.

Make No Mistake (Because It Could Be A Felony): The Case Against 2257 Still Matters

11:00am – 12:30pm in Studio 4 (2nd Floor)

The adult industry secured major legal victories against 2257 in 2018 – but legal danger still remains, as the case is back in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and may end up in the Supreme Court. J. Michael Murray, lead counsel in the case, will review the history of 2257, a federal criminal statute that carries a potential prison term of 5 years, the legal challenges mounted by the industry, the results obtained so far, and why continuing the challenge is so critically important.

J. Michael Murray, Berkman, Gordon, Murray and DeVan

Managing partner J. Michael Murray is distinguished in The Best Lawyers in America in two separate categories: First Amendment Law and White Collar Criminal Defense, both of which include cases that have taken Murray to courts throughout the nation. His trial experience spans a wide variety of other cases, from civil rights actions involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and violation of constitutional rights by police and other public officials, to personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice cases and various business litigation matters.

Sex, HIV and Videotape: How Nondiscrimination Law Will Shape the Future of Sex Work

1pm – 2:25pm in Studio 4 (2nd Floor)

HIV discrimination is illegal — and businesses that ignore this basic tenet of non-discrimination law will find themselves in hot water. What is existing law? How has it evolved and how does it apply to adult businesses? What does the law say when it comes to disclosure and consent? Lambda Legal’s Scott Schoettes will guide the group through the legal landscape, help us understand the contours of the laws as they apply to adult businesses, and offer potential solutions for the industry moving forward.

Scott Schoettes, Counsel and HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal

Schoettes litigates impact cases involving discriminatory denial of employment and services based on a person’s HIV status, as well as in the areas of HIV criminalization, access to care and privacy.
Schoettes was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). On that body, Schoettes co-chaired the Disparities Committee, which focused on HIV-related health inequities for women, including transgender women, gay and bisexual men of color, young people, people living with HIV in the South and others.

The New Landscape for Banking Compliance

2:30pm – 4:00pm in Studio 4 (2nd Floor)

The loss of banking access can devastate an online business, but the compliance rules for adult companies can seem vague and byzantine. Compliance expert Dave Landis will explain the newest card brand rules and BRAM (Business Risk Assessment and Mitigation) requirements, highlight vulnerabilities for adult producers, and help discuss possible solutions based on real-world examples.

Dave Landis, Senior VP of Global Sales, G2

David Landis is SVP of Global Sales at G2 Web Services. David is a seasoned executive with 17 years of expertise in payments, technology and sales management. Over the past 11 years at G2 Web Services, he has established and grown relationships with over 300 global acquiring banks and payment processors, and has expanded the business significantly year over year. David has been invited to speak at numerous industry conferences, including Merchant Acquirers Committee, MasterCard and many others. David is also a Vice President and Board Member of the Merchant Acquirers’ Committee.

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