Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mike Pence: Hollywood fights DOJ on porn rule

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"


The Hollywood Reporter



Hollywood fights DOJ on porn rule

By Brooks Boliek


Sept 21, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Hollywood and the U.S. Department of Justice are warring over regulatory language that requires stricter record-keeping for motion pictures that include steamy love scenes.

Known as the Pence Amendment, the regulation is designed to crack down on a subset of pedophiles who produce simulated child sex scenes but threatens to ensnare legitimate filmmakers in its dragnet.

As originally written by Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., the amendment would have required film and TV show producers to file the same records with the DOJ that are required by hard-core pornographers. Those filings, known as 2257s for their section in the federal code, require certifications that all actors are of age, who the custodian of records is and where the records reside. The 2257 label must appear before every film.

The amendment was the object of a pitched battle in Congress that eventually led to a compromise Pence and the studios could live with. Under the compromise, the studios would simply have to certify that they keep the records in the normal course of business.

While the studios didn't like the extra requirement, they felt they could live with them.


But since President Bush signed into law the Adam Walsh Child Safety Act in July 2006, Hollywood has been fighting DOJ attempts to do with a regulation what could not be done in Congress.

"The motion picture industry fully supports the goal of protecting children," MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said.

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