Free Speech Coalition on HIV Positive Adult PerformerFree Speech Coalition (FSC), as administrators of the Adult Production Health & Safety Services Program (APHSS.org), would like to address recent reports that an active performer may have tested positive for HIV.

FSC was made aware of the purported incident on Saturday by a reliable industry source. Most importantly, FSC would like to make clear that these reports were not involving APHSS.org testing facilities. This fact has limited the information gathered by FSC/APHSS.org and we can neither deny nor confirm specific facts about this incident. Due to legal issues concerning patient privacy, FSC/APHSS.org, as of yet, is unable to implement exposure protocols and procedures.

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Casting.xxx First .xxx domainAttention porn fans and adult industry members, a new dawn has risen over our wide web world. The first .xxx domain has officially been registered, designed, and pushed live.

Given multiple .xxx domains under ICM Registry’s “founder” program, Casting.xxx is registered under a company named Really Useful. Although ICM had published about.xxx as a corporate url, Casting.xxx is the first porn site to utilize a highly debated .xxx domain name. It is very interesting how little can be found on the Really Useful parent company, based in the Turks and Caicos Islands. One would expect an internet company, granted “founder” status on one of the most controversial domain extensions in history, to have much more online representation. Yet, not even a Wikipedia page stands to identify them.

Two year old MetaCert.com has been named as the standard .xxx site classification service. This service will act as both a search engine link censor for users, and the proverbial .xxx ban hammer for domain owners.

“Rather than create yet another proprietary technology that ties customers into using our plug-ins, we decided to help instigate the formation of a new industry standard for classifying and labeling content on the Web. This new open standard is now called POWDER. Our platform and all of our products are based on this new open standard – enabling browsers and search engines to highlight certificates inside search results.” – MetaCert.com

The definition of proprietary software is a licensee being given the right to use software under certain conditions, but restricted from other uses, such as modification, further distribution, or reverse engineering. Since registering and maintaining an adult site on .xxx requires use of MetaCert.com‘s web classification services, there is little difference between proprietary software and their self-adopted description. This move also doubles as an intense link-building strategy, taking advantage of organic search result pages directly.

MetaCert.com‘s chairman, Salesforce.com chief scientist JP Rangaswami, intends to “make money in part by selling privacy policy certificates to site owners inside and outside the porn business for half the price of TRUSTe.” In other words, he intends to undercut the privacy certificate market by 50% to boost initial sales and remove another middleman.

Both the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and Larry Flynt have made their opinions of .xxx well-known. The FSC has adopted “.XXX is Bullshit” as a campaign slogan, and Larry Flynt has reportedly written to ICM demanding protection of the Hustler trademark. Flynt’s battle could define how the near future of .xxx will play out. If granted automated protection by ICM, many trademarked adult industry companies may keep their hands clean of .xxx all together.

PornWikiLeaks-Closes-AIMDiane Duke explains the adult performers’ 2257 information on PornWikiLeaks, and AIM Healthcare’s closure.

During the first part of April, the Free Speech Coalition began to receive calls from worried industry members about the existence of Porn Wikileaks.

At that point, it was still unclear from where the information came, as there was what looked like medical information as well as 2257 information. Soon we learned that it was likely that AIM’s database had been hacked and that some 2257 records may have also been compromised.

Almost simultaneously, I learned, from a conversation I had with AIM CEO Sharon Mitchell, that AIM’s clinic “temporarily” was closed due to a “paper work issue.” Apparently, L.A. County had closed the clinic based on a filing technicality. I was assured by Sharon that the paperwork issue would soon be resolved, that the database was still up and the draw stations were still active. Sharon assured me that the AIM clinic would reopen.

Almost immediately thereafter, AIM was sued by two individuals for breach of medical records. I learned that the litigation expenses for individuals suing AIM were covered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

AHF has been attacking the adult industry with frivolous lawsuits, Cal/OSHA and labor complaints as well as protests and misleading inflammatory press conferences for the past two years. AHF has been especially relentless in their attack on AIM.

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At 1 p.m. yesterday in Los Angeles, California, members of the Free Speech Coalition, health care representatives, and Cal/OSHA met to discuss the draft rules for proposed mandatory condom use in the Adult Industry. What they were not counting on were the 70 porn stars who also attended to make their voices heard during the discussion. In a meeting decorated with plenty of yelling and screaming, proposed language of the draft itself was the main focus. After wording has been approved, the following draft rules could later go to Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board for review, and possibly become new regulations.

“Cal/OSHA topics to be discussed at the meeting include; STI testing protocol; required use of condoms and other barrier protection (including gloves and eye protection); on-set hygiene; systems for medical services, post-exposure evaluations and follow-ups; vaccinations (HBV and HPV); performer training and education; record-keeping; and producer responsibility for compliance.”
- XBIZ

If 70 Adult screen personalities are willing to attend these early stages of mandate discussion, do not be surprised if their numbers grow as the process continues. Although the proposition sounds as if it is only for the actors’ and actresses’ safety, the decision to mandate such a personal choice could become a much larger issue within our country. We will continue to keep an eye on how these proceedings play out.

Just an FYI – we have 54 providers signed on for the FSC Fundraiser so far, this year. Last year we had 50.

There are 9 major providers who participated last year that have yet to sign on for this year but we expect most will join up.

We have added several new companies that are top earners including Devil’s Film, Video-X-Pix and White Ghetto.

I have every reason to believe this years event will be more successful than ’07. I’ll keep you all updated.

-James HotMovies