After condom law, LA County porn film permits fall

An empty condom package rests on a table

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An empty condom package rests on a table during the shooting of a porn scene for the adult film production company Vivid, 18 May 2004, on the set in Canoga Park, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles. A moratorium on film production in the adult movie industry was set to end Friday, Sept. 20, following an HIV scare in which two actors tested positive in a month.

The number of permits pulled to make porn films in Los AngelesCounty has plummeted since a law requiring adult film actors to use condoms took effect.

An adult film industry trade group says the decline, from an estimated 480 permits issued last year, to just 24 so far this year, has cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

Diane Duke of the Free Speech Coalition says adult filmmakers have taken many shoots to neighboring counties and in some cases out of state.

She estimates the industry would have paid about $456,000 for the permits it didn't buy.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which championed the condom measure, says it is needed to protect both adult film actors and the public.

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