Well, all of us at Start My Porn Company have been saying that not only is it not legal to shoot adult content in Florida, but that the State of Florida seemed to be making a lot of moves toward making it very hard for porn companies to work from there. Call it prophecy, but no one at Start My Porn Company needed a crystal ball to predict that most porn companies would leave, or be pushed out of, Florida.
The most recent rumor on the adult news vine is that Brazzers is curtailing their adult content shoots in Florida, and will only be producing in California and Las Vegas. We’ll see how long they last in Nevada, as it isn’t legal to shoot there either and especially the Vegas law enforcement is quick to shut down porn shoots.
There’s a lot that could be said about Brazzers bringing any unwanted legal attention down on themselves . . . If nothing else, their publicly taped productions have gotten them in hot water, as has the fact the most recent HIV+ performer concern (later found to be not positive) came from a Manwin production, and Manwin is the parent company of Brazzers. Nothing like giving the State a way to declare porn production a public nuisance and health risk while avoiding having to test Free Speech Statutes that have made porn legal to shoot in both California and New Hampshire, Manwin!
For some past intel on Florida’s aims for the adult industry there, here’s a repost of a story Start My Porn Company ran in June on Kimberly Kupps arrest in Polk County:
Speculation is that Florida may be testing the waters on prosecuting porn producers in the sate with the arrest on Friday, June 3, 2011 of Kimberly Kupps, who was the owner and star of KimberlyKupps.com, as well as a store owner of Clips4Sale.com.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation on Theresa Taylor (aka Kimberly Kupps) in March of of this year, after receiving tips that she and her husband, Warren Taylor, were filming and distributing adult sexual content form their home in Lake Wales, Florida. An investigator for the Sheriff’s Office monitored Taylor’s Twitter account and also paid for a membership to KimberlyKupps.com. The investigator downloaded six videos of Taylor having sex with men and women. The investigator then turned the videos over to County Judge Reinaldo Ojeda, who ruled the videos were obscene material under state law on April 7, 2011.
On June 3, Taylor was booked on six counts each of selling obscene material and distributing obscene material, both misdemeanors. She was also charged with the felony wholesale promotion of obscene material. Taylor was set to be released Saturday night after posting $7,500 bail.
Her husband was booked on six counts each of wholesale promotion of obscene material and distribution of obscene material, a misdemeanor. Both presumably related to his admission that he uploaded the video to their Clips4Sale store. Her husband remains in jail as of this writing.
The full story is here, however my friends in Florida have verified that at least one Florida TV station has reported that information from her Twitter account was obtained by Florida Department of Law Enforcement and turned over to Polk County Sheriff’s office, ending the news report with the statement that this may be the beginning of a larger, statewide crack down on adult film production.
It has long been known that Polk County is not “adult friendly”, due to factors including a strong religious influence that tends to sway political elections, and Sheriff Judd’s own view of adult content, so this is nothing new for that area.
However, if the report is true that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was indeed involved in this investigation, it may mean that Florida is ready to take a stand on the increase in adult production in the state.
People, listen up — if you have been told by anyone that it is “legal” to shoot porn anywhere but in California or New Hampshire — you have been lied to! Run from anyone that tries to tell you that you can shoot porn anywhere legally. Stick with adult business advisors that will tell you the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Stick with Start My Porn Company!