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“As the trade association for the industry, it is the Free Speech Coalition’s responsibility to provide leadership through the development of consistent ethical standards by defining best practices, many of which are already in use by adult businesses. We look forward to continued input from the industry as we work together to develop a Code of Ethics and Best Practices we can all be proud of.”


Michelle L. Freridge

Executive Director



THE FREE SPEECH COALITION WELCOMES COMMENT FROM ITS MEMBERS ON THE WORKING DRAFTS OF A "CODE OF ETHICS" AND "BEST PRACTICES" FOR THE ADULT ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.


THE COMMENT PERIOD WILL OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING TIMELINE:

7/07/06 – Release of Draft Code of Ethics & Best Practices

7/07/06 – 9/15/06Initial Comment Period

9/16/06 – 10/16/06 – Board of Directors Review

11/01/06 – Final Draft Published

11/01/06 – 11/30/06Final Comment Period

January, 2007 – Approval Vote – Annual Membership Meeting (date to be announced)


DRAFT
Code of Ethics
07/07/06

The Free Speech Coalition (FSC), the trade association of the Adult Entertainment Industry, has identified in the following Code of Ethics the core values that inspire the adult entertainment industry:

  • FSC members run responsible companies that comply with the law.
  • FSC members are good neighbors that enrich their communities.
  • FSC members conduct business with integrity and professionalism.
  • FSC members continuously educate and inform themselves and consumers about healthy adult sexuality.
  • FSC members take appropriate steps to help parents control minor access to adult content and empower parents and guardians of minors, and other users to prevent such access, without censorship of, or limiting access to, adult entertainment for consenting adults.
  • FSC members take appropriate steps to prevent non-consenting adults from accidentally accessing adult entertainment, with out censorship of, or limiting access to, adult entertainment for consenting adults. (Non-Consumer Courtesy)
The Code of Ethics and Best Practices may establish responsibilities higher than those mandated by law. However, in any instance where the Code of Ethics and Best Practices are in conflict with the law, the obligation of the law must come first.



DRAFT
Best Practices

07/07/06

With the support and approval of many industry leaders, Free Speech Coalition (FSC) has developed the following draft of Best Practices. Upon approval of the Board of Directors and the Membership (see above timeline), FSC will endorse these Best Practices for use in your businesses.

This first draft of Best Practices is built on the foundation of the Code of Ethics. It is an initial list of the most effective policies and procedures used by contemporary businesses, and the recommended best practices of other industry organizations that address the most challenging issues facing the industry today. We hope that every one of you will offer suggestions and contribute sections that will help us create a comprehensive and resourceful set of guidelines for the entire industry.

FSC will continue to gather and document Best Practices for use by the adult entertainment industry on a regular basis, with an open door to regular participation from the membership. We intend to update the Best Practices annually to better guide adult entertainment industry business people as the business environment changes.

Responsibly-run businesses comply with the law.
  • Incorporation & Start-Up
  • Business Planning & Development
    • Invest in an experienced adult entertainment attorney to help you develop your business. An up-front analysis of your legal risks and a review of your policies and procedures will save you and your company money.
  • Taxes & Generally Accepted Accounting Standards
  • Legal Compliance (NOTE: THE BEST PRACTICES AND RESOURCES DESCRIBED HERE ARE NOT LEGAL ADVICE AND CANNOT REPLACE THE ADVICE OF A LAWYER.)
    • Employment Law
    • Obscenity Law
    • Record Keeping & Labeling
      • The 2257 Client Handbook: A guide to Complying with the FederalRecordkeeping and Labeling laws in 2005. Paul J.Cambria, Jr. andRodger W. Wilcox, Jr., 2006.
  • State and Local laws
  • Legal Compliance by Segment
    • The Online Adult Entertainment Webmaster Legal Resource: The Laws that Every Webmaster Should Know. Frederick S. lane III, Gregory A. Piccionelli, Version 2.0, 2004.
Businesses that actively pursue good neighbor policies and contribute to their local community are more successful and more likely to weather opposition.
  • Get involved and give some of your time and money in local neighborhood and community groups including school groups, churches, volunteer organizations, charities, parades & events, boards, and government. Being a well-know PTA member, a recognized annual supporter at the law enforcement fraternity fundraiser, a sponsor at the local county fair, or a  volunteer fire fighter are all great opportunities to enrich your local community.
  • Keep your place of business and any adjacent parking areas clean, well-lit, and tastefully decorated on the outside.
  • Use good judgment and taste in planning advertising, signage, and displays in areas visible through the windows and entry areas.
  • Be respectful and professional in all your business interactions with everyone from your banker to your customers.
  • Develop sincere and positive long-term relationships with as many local community members as possible through your work, family, and daily activities.
Conduct business with integrity and professionalism.

FSC encourages adult businesses that develop content to adopt the Best Practices in Adult Video (BPAV; www.bpav.org)
  • Disclosure of Acts – Producers must fully inform performers in advance of the nature of any shoot, specifying explicitly who they will be working with and the types of acts they will be performing.
  • Care in Types of Acts – Producers are encouraged to avoid any situations that place performers in physical danger or lead to a performer feeling mistreated as a result of non-consent.
  • Respect for Performers – Adult performers are the backbone of the adult entertainment industry. FSC believes in and encourages the professional treatment of all performers on and off the set.
  • Performer Responsibility – FSC believes that it is the responsibility of performers to take all measures necessary (in personal life and profession) to protect them and their fellow performers from sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, responsible producers should only cast performers with proof of current Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation, www.aim-med.org (or equivalent) tests.
  • Proof of Age – Producers must be diligent to ensure that all performers are of legal age.
Continuously educate and inform yourself and your consumers about healthy adult sexuality.
  • FSC encourages the use of the Best Practices adopted by Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation (www.aim-med.org). These include the rights of talent to choice in the use of condoms, the rights of talent to examine each other’s test results, regular testing for STDs, HIV and other communicable diseases associated with working in the industry, the availability of educational information regarding such diseases and with respect to psycho-social issues specific to employment in the adult entertainment field.
  • FSC promotes the circulation of research and sex education information in the industry, including the encouragement and/or funding of relevant social science studies of industry-related issues and the publication of those results.
  • FSC encourages thorough product testing and evaluation to assure high quality standards and safe product performance.
Take appropriate steps to help parents control minor access to adult content and empower parents and guardians of minors, and other users to prevent such access, without censorship of, or limiting access to, adult entertainment for consenting adults. (Parent Empowerment)
  • FSC encourages the use of ASACP Best Practices for Adult Sites, Search Engines, Billing Companies, Hosting Companies and other categories as appropriate. Among these are: know your clients; make a good faith effort to comply with current laws and standards of recordkeeping; review sites that direct traffic to your site; on Index (warning) page: include all disclaimers, age verification, etc., and exclude images to prevent children from unknowingly viewing adult material; label all e-marketing material with "Sexually Explicit". Go to www.asacp.org  for more information.
  • FSC encourages all adult sites to employ the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) system meta-tagging scheme or some other appropriate meta-tagging program which allows filters to identify content. Go to www.icra.org for more information.
  • FSC encourages adult companies with websites to provide links to end-user or parent empowerment tools on their websites. These empowerment tools are considered by online safety experts and civil libertarians to be the most effective methods of protecting children from viewing inappropriate material on the Internet without compromisingthe free speech rights of adults. These empowerment tools allow individuals to filter, block, or monitor Internet access on their own computers, giving adult consumers control over their online experience rather than allowing government or corporations to tell them what they and their children should view. Parents who wish to filter, block, or monitor their children’s access to online content can do so with empowerment tools such as Net Nanny, Family.Net, Bsecure Protection Products, WebBlock, AOL Parent Controls, and SafeBrowse. Educational resource organizations like GetNetWise, http://kids.getnetwise.org, provide Internet safety information and instruction for parents, teachers, and librarians that protect children.
  • FSC encourages adult companies with websites to register their website with appropriate end-user or parent empowerment tool companies.
  • FSC encourages adult companies with websites to utilize website text that appropriately  triggers empowerment tools.
  • FSC encourages the adoption of a DOT.KIDS Top Level Domain for the safe segregation of     child-friendly websites.
  • FSC encourages adult businesses with websites to employ age verification methodologies that prevent unsupervised minors from ordering adult entertainment products.
Take appropriate steps to prevent non-consenting adults from accidentally accessing adult entertainment, with out censorship of, or limiting access to, adult entertainment for consenting adults. (Non-Consumer Courtesy)
  • FSC encourages all adult sites to employ the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) system meta-tagging scheme or some other appropriate meta-tagging program which allows filters to identify content. Go to www.icra.org for more information.
  • FSC encourages adult companies with websites to provide links to end-user empowerment tools on their websites. These empowerment tools are considered by online safety experts and civil libertarians to be the most effective methods consumers can use to prevent non-consumers from viewing unwanted material on the Internet without compromising the free speech rights of the consumer. Non-consumers can filter or block internet or specific content access on their own login, giving adult consumers control over their online experience on a separate login, even on the same computer.  Non-consumers who wish to filter or block unwanted online content can do so with empowerment tools such as Net Nanny, Family.Net, Bsecure Protection Products, WebBlock, AOL Parent Controls, and SafeBrowse. Educational resource organizations like GetNetWise, http://kids.getnetwise.org, provide Internet safety information and instruction.
  • FSC encourages adult companies with websites to register their website with appropriate end-user empowerment tool companies.
  • FSC encourages adult companies with websites to utilize website text that appropriately triggers empowerment tools.


 











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