Vice Squad
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
 
Feds After Mainstream Porn?


A new federal obscenity case has come into being, with the target a well-known figure in the pornography industry. He directs his own films (apparently inventing or at least being a progenitor of "gonzo" porn) and live shows, but also operates companies that produce and distribute porn videos directed by others. The charges against him (and his companies) arise from some of these other films. From what I can gather from this article (not safe for work) at Adult Video News.com and this one in the LA Times, the obscenity charges differ from those in recent cases because the porn itself is not particularly extreme. That is, there is a hint in these stories that these charges are aimed at restricting a much broader segment of the current porn market than was previously targeted. At least on this score, our Attorney General is a man of his word.

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