PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has upheld a federal law that requires the pornography industry to verify performers are at least 18 years of age, rejecting industry arguments that the measure is unconstitutional and imposes burdensome record-keeping requirements.
U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson in Philadelphia ruled Thursday against a bid by the adult entertainment industry's advocacy group to have the law overturned.
Federal law requires producers of sexually explicit photos, videos and other media to obtain government-issued photo ID from each performer and keep it on file for government inspection. The law also imposes labeling requirements. It's meant to protect minors from sexual exploitation.
The Free Speech Coalition filed suit in 2009, arguing the law is overbroad and tramples on protected speech. The industry says it already takes measures to keep kids out of porn.