Q- Are there lawyers who specialize in the porn industry in the LA/OC area and can I have their names? What are the legal requirements for security, content, and pay system setup under federal, CA, and local laws?  He wants to expand the site into producing. What are the legal requirements for producing such as the age of models, zoning laws in LA/OC, posting requirements, and record filling? Will he need a business license and are there other permits for such a site? How can he post other site’s videos on his site legally? What permission does he need from them and how does he get required paperwork? Does he need a specialized lawyer for defense against legal disputes? Is there a site that explains the legality of the industry?

A-My personal opinion is that a competent attorney familiar with media law will be able to handle all of your friend’s questions and a specialized “porn attorney” is not necessary. However, you’ve laid out quite a few issues… they’re not necessarily tricky issues but there are still enough questions with serious implications here that your friend should definitely seek out an attorney.