This has got to be the funniest news I’ve heard in awhile. Gail Dines may be speaking at the Free Speech Coalition v. Holder trial today. According to AVN’s Mark Kernes, most of the plaintiff’s testimony has been submitted, with Judge Michael M. Baylson recommending each side refine their positions; that Attorney J. Michael Murray “consult with his clients to determine which sections of the 2257/2257A regulations they felt were most onerous and that they could not abide,” and that the defense team “consult with their superiors at the Department of Justice to see if changes could be made to the regulations that would prevent the current lawsuit from proceeding further.” He left it on a light note, that is until the very end:
“So cheer up, adult video fans: With the courtroom scheduled to be dark tomorrow, Friday might bring some very good news indeed—but if it doesn’t, it will bring the testimony of the final plaintiff, Barbara Nitke, and of the defense’s main expert, virulent anti-porn activist Gail Dines.” ~ Plaintiffs’ Testimony Nearly Completed in Day 3 of 2257 Trial
What? What could she possibly speak about where 2257 issues are concerned? I would think she’d be rallying on the industry’s side, considering she’s probably, herself, subject to 18 U.S.C. § 2257′s extremely burdensome laws every time she projects “lewd” and “lascivious” content through a college auditorium projector. Every image of sex and nudity must be documented meticulously. She would have to put a label on her pictures, right? A label of a certain type size telling everyone exactly where she keeps the records and cross-reference accounts of every single exposed person in her presentation? Oh wait… Does she get around that because she’s not reproducing it for sale? But she is reproducing it for sale. If she gets paid to speak, and other’s work is part of her presentation, she is, in effect, making money through the redistribution of “lewd” and “lascivious” (i.e. 2257 susceptible) content. She is a secondary producer in the literal sense.
|Screen shots of a Gail Dines seminar from Penn & Teller’s Bullshit!; Season 6: War on Porn|
If she does speak, I am on pins and needles to find out what she has to say. Seriously!
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