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Michael Fattorosi: The United Nanny States of America

This morning I woke up to an interesting story from the one other state in the US that has legalized and protected porn production – New Hampshire. No that story has nothing to do with condoms and porn, but it does have to do with the fundamental issue behind condoms in porn. Freedom and right to choose personal risks.

In Dover, New Hampshire, a school board member wants to ban high school football in the town. Dr. Paul Butler, a retired surgeon, notes that the possibility of a concussion on a developing brain is devastating. He is also a former high school and college football player so it isn’t as though he doesn’t understand what happens on a football field. And it is not as though there aren’t medical studies to support his claim ( Please see: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/10/02/school-board-member-wants-to-ban-football-in-dover-nh/ ).

This follows last month’s Board of Health decision in New York City to ban the sale soft drinks larger then 16 ounces. Mayor Bloomberg championed the measure and stated that he thought “This is the single biggest step any city, I think, has ever taken to curb obesity, it’s certainly not the last step that lots of cities are going to take, and we believe that it will help save lives” ( Please see: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/nyregion/health-board-approves-bloombergs-soda-ban.html?_r=0 )

In Calabasas, California the city government has not only banned smoking in bars and restaurants but in 2006 they extended that ban to ALL public places. And then in 2008 they further extended the ban to include the balconies of your own apartment. If someone decides to light up on their balcony – they get evicted ( Please see: http://www.theacorn.com/news/2008-01-24/community/006.html ).

In 2011, San Francisco banned toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals ( Please see: http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/11/03/us-mcdonalds-toys-odd-idUSTRE6A25P220101103 ). Hazelwood, Missouri banned Girl Scouts from selling cookies on their own front lawn ( Please see: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/03/24/hazelwood-crackdown-on-girl-scout-cookies/ ). And in Midway, Georgia the police busted three little girl’s lemonade stand for not having a business license ( Please see: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43769978/ns/us_news-weird_news/#.UIlTm4VTv-k ).

What does all of this have to do with Ballot Measure B and condoms in porn ? Everything…

This is what the United States has turned into… “The Land of Fees and the Home of the Safe.” Long gone are the free and the brave.

I am appalled at how many people and elected officials are willing to trade personal freedoms for safety. We have diverged so far from the principles that this nation was founded upon that we have certainly lost our way. Benjamin Franklin must be doing cartwheels in his grave. His words should be etched into collective consciousness of every American;

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

 

Exxxotica NJ: “Breaking into The Biz” Seminar Schedule

Exxxotica NJ has now released the seminar schedule for the show in Edison NJ November 9-11th.

Breaking Into The Biz: A How-To Guide To Getting Into The Adult Industry
Moderated by Michael Fattorosi, Adult Industry Attorney

Single-handedly the most asked question we get is, “How do I get into the biz?” Well, here’s your chance! What do you really need to know to break into the biz? Whether you want to be a webcam model, fetish producer or even a pornstar, this seminar can show you how you can be making money by the next day! Need some extra cash to help pay the mortgage or even the car? A few hours on cam and you can have it. Want to try your hand at being a director or performer but dont know how to set up a website or distribute your movies? We can show you how! The industry is easier now more then ever to get into so come learn how to grab a piece of a $10 billion dollar a year industry for yourself!”

I will be presenting the seminar at the following times;

Friday, November 9th – 5:00 – 6:00pm

Saturday, November 10th 4:45 – 5:45pm

Sunday, November 11th 1:00 – 1:45pm

Please come by and say hello. If you cannot make one of the seminar times I will have a booth on the show floor. Please stop by and ask one of the pornstars at the booth to call me if I am not there and I will come back to the booth to meet with you.

If you would like to set up a private consult while I am in New Jersey please feel free to email me using the form in the right column. I can arrange for a private meeting room if necessary. Also, I will have various production forms for sale at a discount price in electronic form (loaded onto a USB drive). Please see my Forms4Sale for a samples of the forms. I will be adding more contracts in the next two weeks.

 

Exxxotica NJ: Housewife Kelly Signing at AdultBizLaw Booth

Along with Flower Tucci and Rebecca Bardoux, Kelly Anderson will also be appearing at the AdultBizLaw.com booth at Exxxotica NJ on Friday and Saturday only. If you have never heard of Housewife Kelly you should really check out her website. Her and her husband are what real amateur porn is all about. Here is her self written bio:

Kelly Anderson a/k/a Housewife Kelly is an incredibly sexy wife with an insatiable appetite for sex. Her & husband are swingers and love sharing their sexuality with everyone. When Kelly isn’t performing in front of the camera, she is exploring her attraction to other women. She’s a bisexual nympho that loves to please. Everything on this girl is, “The real deal”. She has been in the hot wife lifestyle since long before she started her amateur website!

She loves making videos for her members. She will always have 100% real amateur videos and photos to share with her members. If you have any questions feel free to visit Kelly’s website ( http://www.housewifekelly.com/main.html ). She loves receiving emails and personally answers all of her members. She also like to see pictures of her members, so feel free to send your photos to Kelly. Especially if it’s a naughty one!

You can also follow Kelly on Twitter at https://twitter.com/housewifekelly

Exxxotica NJ: Flower Tucci Signing at AdultBizLaw Booth

Multiple AVN Award winner Flower Tucci will be signing for AdultBizLaw.com at Exxxotica NJ ( http://www.ExxxoticaExpo.com ). She first signed for the ABL booth at Exxxotica Chicago 2012 and the fan response was so overwhelming we had to have her back again for New Jersey! Flower, the star of Elegant Angel’s “Squirtwoman” series and Seymore Butts’ Showtime television show “Family Business,” will be meeting and squirting on all her fans November 9th-11th at the AdultBizLaw booth.

Flower Tucci began her career in 2002 and has appeared in more than 400 films. She has one of the most recognizable tushies in the business. Her ass and squirting skills are legendary!

If you are a fan of her tushy and her squirting abilities then you should visit Exxxotica NJ and meet her in person. Flower is no longer active in the industry and her appearances are rare so you should not miss this opportunity to meet Flower ! Stop by and get an autograph, purchase one of her DVDs or take a photograph with her tushy !

If you cannot make it, make sure you follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FlowerTucci

Exxxotica NJ: Rebecca Bardoux Signing at AdultBizLaw Booth

Not only will I be presenting a seminar series at Exxxotica NJ ( http://www.ExxxoticaExpo.com ) but I will also have a booth for AdultBizLaw.com. I am fortunate to have several pornstars that will be appearing and signing at the booth. So please stop by and say hello to all of them and buy one of their DVDs or take a photograph with your favorite one.

Rebecca Bardoux is a 20-year veteran of the adult film industry. She first stepped in front of the cameras in 1992, during the last of the ‘golden years’ of porn, and has appeared in 200 adult feature movies. Considered a legend by her peers and fans, she was inducted in to the AVN Hall of Fame in 2007.

During her career, Rebecca has worked with the top directors and studios of the adult industry. She has been nominated repeatedly for her work, and has held prominent roles in many award-winning movies.

Just three months into her career, Rebecca was requested to shoot for the Italian Adult Cinema in Sicily, and shot two award-winning movies for that industry. Rebecca also co-starred in the AVN Best Film for 1992 “Face Dance”, directed by one of the pioneers of the industry, John Stagliano. She later went on to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Film for her performance in 2003‘s “Heartbreaker” for Vivid Entertainment, directed by the multiple award-winning director, Paul Thomas.
Miss Bardoux also made a strong name for herself in the feature dance circuit during the mid to late ‘90s. She was considered to be one of the top feature performers, and performed to packed gentlemen’s clubs throughout the world.

After a four-year hiatus from the industry to focus on a relationship, and to live and work in the ‘civilian’ world, Bardoux realized that erotic entertainment was her only love. Rebecca made her comeback in 2009 in a scene directed by and opposite Mo for Madness Pictures, distributed through Adam and Eve.  Rebecca also shot a comeback scene for Naughty America, and she is honored with being one of the original MILFs in adults’ very popular genre.

Currently, Rebecca hosts a radio show every Friday night from 7pm to 9 pm EST on XXX Pornstar Radio, broadcast through BlogTalkRadio.com. She also pens a spontaneous blog:  http://rebeccabardoux.blogspot.com and is a regular columnist on AINews.com.  Bardoux is a strong advocate for the adult industry and just finished shooting a public service announcement in support of No on Measure B, the industry-killing ballot initiative in Los Angeles County.

Rebecca is currently working on her biography. She will be appearing in the mainstream play ”Deep Throat the Sex Scandal” opening January 17, 2013 in Los Angles, CA.

You can stay in touch with Rebecca by following her on twitter https://twitter.com/rebeccabardoux and subscribing to her page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.bardoux.

Exxxotica NJ: “Breaking into the Biz” Seminar Nov 9-11th

If you are interested in getting into the adult business as a producer, director or even as a pornstar (or just want to hear some behind the scenes stories) and live within driving distance of Edison, NJ then you should come to Exxxotica Expo and my seminar series. I will be doing a seminar on all 3 days of the show, each a little different so if possible come all 3 days and learn the “ins & outs” of the porn business.

Buy your tickets here -> http://nj.exxxoticaexpo.com/tickets/

From ExxxoticaExpo.com

Breaking Into The Biz: A How-To Guide To Getting Into The Adult Industry
Moderated by Michael Fattorosi, Adult Industry Attorney

Single-handedly the most asked question we get is, “How do I get into the biz?” Well, here’s your chance! What do you really need to know to break into the biz? Whether you want to be a webcam model, fetish producer or even a pornstar, this seminar can show you how you can be making money by the next day! Need some extra cash to help pay the mortgage or even the car? A few hours on cam and you can have it. Want to try your hand at being a director or performer but dont know how to set up a website or distribute your movies? We can show you how! The industry is easier now more then ever to get into so come learn how to grab a piece of a $10 billion dollar a year industry for yourself!”

Make sure you click here and “Like” or “Tweet” my seminar -> http://nj.exxxoticaexpo.com/seminar-breaking-into-the-biz/

Michael Fattorosi: My Meeting with Rep. Howard Berman and Asm. Bob Blumenfield

Sometimes as an attorney I get to do interesting things, well at least interesting to me. Before porn, I was involved in politics in my home state of New Jersey as well in Washington D.C. during college. I ran for elected-office as well as ran campaigns for other politicians and worked with former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey before heading off to law school ( Please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Mcgreevey ).

On October 8th, I was invited to a private “meet and greet” with Congressman Howard Berman and Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (photo on right) ( Please see: http://www.howardberman.com/ and http://www.bobforassembly.com/ ). Berman is running for re-election against another sitting Congressman, Brad Sherman, due to redistricting in the San Fernando Valley. Both are running for election in the 30th Congressional District and both are democrats ( Please see: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California%27s_30th_congressional_district_elections,_2012 ). The new “30th Congressional District” contains most of the San Fernando Valley.

Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield is the sitting democratic in the 40th Assembly district however his district has also been redrawn and is now the 45th Assembly District which also contains most of the San Fernando Valley. His opponent is Republican Chris Kolski ( Please see: http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/06/05/ca/state/race/caasm45/ ).

For all intents and purposes, Congressman Berman (photo below) and Assemblyman Blumenfield are the industry’s representatives in Congress and the California State Assembly.

October 8th was also the day that the Republican Party and the Libertarian Party both took positions against Ballot Measure B. However, the Democratic Party as yet to make a decision as to Ballot Measure B. Neither Berman or Blumenfield have yet to take an official position on Ballot Measure B though both represent most of the businesses and the talent of the adult entertainment industry located in the San Fernando Valley.

At the meet and greet, I was able to have in-depth conversations with both Berman and Blumenfield as well as their staffers. All understood the impact that Ballot Measure B would have on the industry and the lives of their constituents. Everyone was well aware of the potential loss of business and tax revenue for the San Fernando Valley that Ballot Measure B could inflict if passed.

What was more interesting was their positions as to whether worker safety laws should be the subject of a county wide ballot measure. Prior to being elected to Congress, Howard Berman was an attorney that specialized in Labor and Workers Compensation law. He understood the complexity of establishing safety laws in a workplace. As a state Assemblyman, Blumenfield was also well versed on worker safety issues.

I should probably also note at this point, that Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander was the ONLY City Council Member to vote against the Los Angeles City “Safer Sex in Adult Film Ordinance” that now requires condoms in adult films in the city of Los Angeles ( Please see: http://cd12.lacity.org/index.htm and http://laist.com/2012/01/17/condoms_in_porn_ordinance_passed_into_law.php ). Councilman Englander, who also represents the San Fernando Valley, was the only Council Member with the political and personal fortitude to stand up and protect his constituents’ interests.

As an industry we need to reach out to our representatives, local, state and national. We are a legal industry. We are an industry that is under attack and we need the support those that we elect. Whether it is “Condoms in Porn” or even the Stop Online Piracy Act, which Berman was a co-sponsor of, the industry needs to have their seat at the political round-table ( Please see: http://www.wilshireandwashington.com/2012/02/a-divide-on-sopa-in-berman-sherman-race-.html ). Without question the Valley’s largest employer is the adult entertainment industry. Employing an estimated 5,000-10,000 people annually there is no larger single employer. Between family and friends of those in adult, it can be estimated that there are 15,000 to 45,000 voters in the San Fernando Valley that have some connection to the industry. It is time that the people in adult entertainment be recognized as voting block. Blumenfield won his last election by 20,000 votes. Howard Berman won his last election by 60,000 votes. And is currently trailing Brad Sherman, his opponent, in the polls 45% to 32%. And Mitch Englander won his seat on the City Council with little more than a 6,200 vote victory gap.

If you are not registered to vote do so now. You even can do it online ( Please see: https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/ ). Remember, if you have moved since you were last registered to vote, you have to re-register again with your new address.

And on November 6th get out and vote against Ballot Measure B !

In Remembrance of Fallen Heroes on 9/11

On September 11, 2001, the United States of America changed forever. Let us never forget the 2,977 that lost their lives that day or the families they left behind. Let us never forget the sacrifice made by those first responders, the NYPD, NYFD, Paramedics and regular citizens, who rose to the occasion and saved as many as they did.

I grew up in the shadow of the Twin Towers. On a clear day you I could see them from the hill in my hometown in New Jersey. I had friends that worked in the Towers. Luckily no one that I knew died. Others where not as fortunate as I. Please take a moment of silence in your own heart for those that didn’t make it out and remember how fortunate we all are.

Of UFC Fighters, Comedians, Poetry & Porn…

Last night Vanessa and I had the distinct pleasure of being able to spend some time over a dinner with a group of interesting and varied people. We were in Las Vegas and were able to catch Bryan Callen’s comedy show at the Paris Hotel. Afterwards, he invited us to join him, a writer and another comedian and two UFC fighters for dinner. It is always interesting being the “porn people” in a group of mainstream people. Usually, we are inundated with questions about the industry. Last night was no different, however it does give me/us a chance to ask some questions of them as well. It is always a learning experience.

Of course the Mr. Marcus and syphilis topic did come up. However, interestingly only two of the mainstream people were even aware of the situation – one of the UFC fighters and the writer. Which I suppose means that our dirty laundry so to speak hasn’t penetrated the mainstream news as far I as previously believed. However, this subject led us to a more important discussion – testing.

Performers have often compared themselves to athletes and even UFC fighters as far as their job description is involved and how performers are akin to those who fight and exchange bodily fluids in close “hand to hand,” so to speak, proximity. When I told the UFC fighters that as a practice the industry does NOT require full panel testing they were somewhat surprised since they indicated that they have to under go full panel testing as a fighter and could not imagine stepping into the Octagon without both parties being fully testing for all potential diseases that could be passed. They basically indicated they simply would not fight someone unless they were completely tested.

Then the issue of MRSA was raised. If you are unfamiliar with MRSA, that is basically a staph infection that enters the body through the exchange of bodily fluids such as mere sweat through a break in the skin, cut or abrasion. The staph bacteria is quite deadly if it enters one’s blood and difficult to treat with antibiotics. It plagues not only UFC fighters but also porn performers and any other sport where there is body to body contact. We often refer to MRSA or staph infections as a “spider bite.” Apparently there is a special spider that only lives in Chatsworth, California that specifically targets performers and always seems to bite on their victim’s ass region. We do not talk about MRSA that much in the adult industry but it is certainly a topic for discussion on its own. I have personally know numerous performers that contracted it, with one even requiring hospitalization to treat it.

We then moved on from syphilis, testing and MRSA to racism. One of the fighters asked if it were true that some of the women in the industry charged more to perform with a black man than a white one. They were shocked by the answer. Both fighters could not fathom the idea of asking for a higher fight fee because he was fighting someone of a particular race. This notion was so foreign to them it appeared we as an industry were still operating in the dark ages, no pun intended. While they noted there is some racism in the UFC, they for the most part, treat each other like family.

They had to admit that while they are fierce and combative in the Octagon and during practice, for the most part they all have an extreme amount of respect for themselves, each other and the UFC. I got the impression that the both of them truly loved what they did and felt blessed to be apart of it. They are what we used to be – a family. They cared so much for each other they had to admit it was difficult to watch their friend’s fights.

I also got that impression from the comedians and writers in the group. The writer, who has written several movies and TV series, said that whenever he has a chance he always try to write parts into his projects for his friends. The main characters are always cast by the production company but for the lesser parts he has the ability to cast and clearly write for. The other comedian in the group indicated that she has opened up numerous times for Bryan through-out his career. Knowing other comedians I can say that is true amongst most of them. If you ever watch a comedy movie you will always see several comedians in the same movie. Once one comic makes it he/she tries to take his/her friends with them.

To a large extent, that is how the adult industry use to be. A small group of people that knew each other, cared for each other and helped each other when we could. They might not have always liked one another but they stood together. Whether it was against governmental intrusion or attack from the mainstream. I have only been in adult for 8 years and I only caught the tail-end of that period. Vanessa who has been in adult for 16 years remembers it well. It was a much different industry then.

Porn has turned from mom & pop producers to “big international business” with much of the control of the Los Angeles based industry  coming from outside the United States. We are no longer a local industry but instead a part of a global movement. A movement that wants to vertically integrate all aspects of porn, from talent to production to distribution, including hosting, traffic, bandwith and advertising. A one stop shop that some might call a monopoly. Los Angeles may become nothing more than a cog in the wheel of a much larger global “porn” machine.

Perhaps Mr. Marcus’s decision to alter his test was more then just a lesson in paper vs. database or APHSS vs. TTS. Perhaps it was a lesson in what the future holds for porn in the United States. I guess the time has come when people have to decide for themselves which road they want to go down. Jessica Drake probably said it best when she blamed greed as the cause of this situation. It is easy to choose a fast money over long money. It is more difficult to choose money over health. If the those in the industry do not respect themselves, their co-workers and their health there simply will not be an industry in Los Angeles to work in. The hardest decision is to chose family over personal financial interests. I suggest the road not taken…

The Road Not Taken.. By Robert Frost

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.