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07 Mar
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FSC Launches Fight Against Utah’s S.B. 185

LOS ANGELES — The Free Speech Coalition is moving quickly to fight a Utah bill that would allow private citizens to sue adult film producers for damages based related to merely viewing their films.

The Utah legislature is hoping to pass S.B. 185, “Cause of Action for Minors Injured by Pornography,” this week, only a short time after the bill was introduced. Under the law, any guardian of a minor that can claim damages from adult content, and sue the original producer, no matter where or how they came to view the material.

The bill opens up adult producers to potentially thousands of frivolous harassment lawsuits. Sen. Todd Weiler, who introduced the bill, cites the state’s noxious, anti-science “porn as public health crisis” declaration as justification.

The Free Speech Coalition is working with Utah based civil rights advocates to fight the legislation, lobbying legislators to educate them about the industry, and preparing the groundwork for possible court challenges should it pass.

Our letter to Sen. Weiler and other members of the Utah legislature can be found here.

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11 Feb
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FSC To Provide Immigration Resources for Workers in the Adult Industry

LOS ANGELES — The Free Speech Coalition stands with undocumented workers and other immigrants at risk of deportation, imprisonment and harassment.

“We recognize the amazing contribution immigrants have made and continue to make to the adult industry,” says Eric Paul Leue, Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition. “Any industry worker facing deportation, the revocation or expiration of visas, other immigration related harassment needs advocates who understand the unique nature of our industry and its performers. We have established relationships with non-judgmental experts working in the field, and encourage any worker or company facing immigration issues to contact us.”

The industry has created a resource database addressing some of the issues facing adult performers, from immigration attorneys and contacts at immigrant rights groups, to tips for dealing with ICE or other immigration enforcement.

“We are an industry that knows what it’s like to be misunderstood and demonized, to be harassed and jailed for how we work, to have our business and our homes raided. We have historically been a sanctuary for those who aren’t accepted, or whose work isn’t valued. The adult industry stands with the immigrants in our industry and elsewhere.”

 

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16 Jan
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IN MEMORIAM: LARRY GARLAND, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FREE SPEECH COALITION

The Free Speech Coalition mourns the passing of Larry Garland, founder of the Eldorado Trading Co, and past President and current Vice President of the Free Speech Coalition Board of Directors.

“Larry Garland was a longstanding member of the FSC board of directors, a committed industry leader, and a kind and caring person,” said Eric Paul Leue, Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition, “He had a witty sense of humor and a beautifully optimistic take on life. His passing leaves us with great sadness. We offer our condolences to his family, loved ones, and his colleagues at Eldorado Trading. Rest In Peace Larry, you will be missed.”

Tim Valenti, the current President of the Board, said “I could not have been prouder to serve with him on the board. I knew him as a kind and generous man who gave so much of his time and effort to help make this community. He will be sorely missed.”

“He was an exemplar, both as a businessman and friend,” said Board Chair Jeffrey Douglas. “Everyone who had been at his place of business, and seen both the efficiency he created, and the loyalty he inspired in all of his workers could not fail to be impressed. His dedication to people was reflected in how he ran his business, how he conducted his relationships, as well as his dedication to the Free Speech Coalition. He served for years both as a director and an officer. He is irreplaceable both as a colleague and a friend. Our hearts go out to his family, coworkers, and colleagues.”

“Larry and I were friends for many many years,” said Lynn Swanson of Classic Erotica, who served with Larry on the FSC Board for over ten years. “We have been through so much together – so many good times and so many not so good times. He was such a genuinely good person, I will sorely miss one of my dearest friends.”

Larry Garland founded the Eldorado in 1974 as a distribution company for Native American jewelry, and later became a leader in the sexual wellness and pleasure product market. Larry was a past President and served as the current Vice President of the Free Speech Coalition. Larry received numerous prestigious awards for his achievements in the industry including induction to the AVN Hall of Fame, and the AVN “O” Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, he was inducted into the StorErotica Hall of Fame. Just last week, he was presented with the Pioneer Award at the 2017 Xbiz Awards.

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11 Jan
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Wired.com, Mozilla, CDT Join FSC For Thursday Panel on Site Security

LOS ANGELES — Leading tech journalists and security experts will join the Free Speech Coalition on Thursday for a panel on the risks adult sites face from hacking, malware and other cyberattacks — as well as how to prevent them.

Representatives from Wired.com, the Mozilla Corporation and the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) will be on hand to discuss the importance of site security to adult webmasters, and to answer questions about how webmasters can better secure their sites with HTTPS protocol.

“This seminar is a must for everyone from CTOs to small business owners,” says Eric Paul Leue, Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition. “It is an incredible opportunity for everyday adult business owners to have direct access to leaders in the field, including journalists who understand the unique nature of the adult industry.”

The Free Speech Coalition began working with the CDT and others last year, after a report showed that many adult sites were vulnerable to hacking. In the past several years, adult sites of all sizes have suffered security breaches that have resulted in pirated content, exposed user databases, and millions in lost income.

“The HTTPS protocol is something every webmaster should be moving toward,” says Leue. “It’s crucial to the survival of our business and, thanks to the resources from the CDT and others, the transition is much easier than many think.”

HTTPS in Mainstream and Adult
12PM-1PM
Rooftop Ballroom
Andaz, West Hollywood

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31 Dec
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2017 Board Election Announced

LOS ANGELES —The Free Speech Coalition congratulates the newly elected members of the FSC Board: Kelly Holland of Penthouse and Adam Grayson of Evil Angel. Holland and Grayson will join re-elected incumbent board members First Amendment attorney Reed Lee, Peter Acworth (Kink.com), Mark Kernes (AVN), Joel Kaminsky (Good Vibrations) and Alec Helmy (Xbiz), as well as existing FSC Board members Mo Reese (Penthouse), Bob Christian (Adam and Eve), Mark Schechter (ATMLA), and current President of the Board Tim Valenti (NakedSword/AEBN), Vice President Larry Garland (El Dorado Trading Co.) and Board Chair Jeffrey Douglas, none of whose seats were up for re-election this year.

Holland and Grayson will replace seats vacated by Vivid’s Marci Hirsch and Classic Erotica’s Lynn Swanson, who had been a board member for over ten years.

“We are incredibly lucky to have such an experienced and varied board, representing so many sectors of our industry,” says Eric Paul Leue, Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition. “I am thankful for the incredible service of both Marci Hirsch and Lynn Swanson, and their contribution to our success. I am excited to work with this new team on the battles ahead.”

Priorities for the coming year will include further regulatory battles with Cal/OSHA over mandatory condoms, legislation at the local and federal level meant to restrict adult speech and access, zoning restrictions meant to eliminate adult business, morals-based sales and regulatory hurdles for pleasure products, and the possibility of renewed obscenity prosecutions under a more conservative administration.

“The next few years will be ones of both challenge and opportunity. The industry and its performers will again fight threats to our right to create, produce, star in, distribute and buy adult material and pleasure products. But, after successful battles against 2257, Cal/OSHA and Prop 60, we are also at our strongest and most unified.”

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