2257 For Camgirls and Amateur Porn Stars
If you’ve looked into becoming an adult entertainer, you’ve probably noticed that all the adult websites require models to submit photo ID. This is something that you’re going to find everywhere. In fact, the law requires all sites to require this information. These requirements are known as 2257 Compliance. It’s called that because all the requirements are defined in 18 U.S. Code § 2257.
What Is 2257 Compliance and What’s Required?
2257 compliance outlines the standards for verifying and documenting the age and information for all adult performers. This is something that all porn producers, adult site owners and other professionals are required to do.
There is strict standards for maintaining the records (either digital or hardcopy) for each piece of content or visual depiction produced or displayed on the sites. These records must document all the performers in each one of these visual depictions.
All the records are kept private and the only time they’re used is during an FBI investigation.
Do The Companies Give Out This Information?
No. These companies keep all your information private and secure. Privacy is a major concern in the adult industry and all the sites take this very seriously. The only time your information will ever be disclosed is in the event of an FBI investigation. If it’s any reassurance, there has been no 2257 investigations since Obama has taken office. That doesn’t mean that all the adult networks don’t take this seriously. Failure to comply results in a mandatory 5-year Federal prison sentence.
Do Models Have To Worry About 2257 Compliance?
Yes and no. All the camming sites, adult marketplace sites and other networks handle the 2257 compliance on your behalf. For the most part, the only time you’ll need to worry about 2257 compliance is if you’re running your own website. There’s even website building platforms that will handle 2257 compliance for you. ModelCentro is a great example of that. It’s also why the require models to submit ID when registering.
If you are running your own websites and not using a platform that manages the 2257 compliance on your behalf, you should know about the law. You will be required to keep the proper documentations, even if you’re the only performer being featured on your site. You’ll also have to provide contact information for the FBI in case they want to investigate any performers on your site.
Some studios might provide web development with bundled 2257 Compliance on behalf of models. This is an option that you might want to explore. Also, there are clerks that you can outsource the record keeping to, at a cost.
2257 Might Be Declared Unconstitutional In The Near Future
The Free Speech Coalition has achieved a major victory in court. Many believe that this will lead to 2257 Compliance eventually being declared unconstitutional and nullified. This will be great news for the adult industry. The 2257 compliance standards for maintaining the documentation is very burdensome. The law itself is also very vague and hard for even the courts to interpret. Needless to say, the entire industry wants the law removed.
Even if the law is nullified, that doesn’t mean that age verification will disappear. All adult producers and media outlets agree that certain measures need to be practiced to avoid underage performers featured in content. What would disappear is the record-keeping standards associated with 2257 Compliance.
Child porn itself is a major offense and something that adult producers and sites want to protect themselves against. Even if they aren’t required by 2257, you better believe that producers, camming sites and other networks will still be asking for digital copies of photo ID.