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2257 and Third-Party Content: Legal Risks and Solutions

By: Barry Chase
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2257 and Third-Party Content: Legal Risks and Solutions

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The “2257 regulations” refer to a section of the United States Code, specifically 18 U.S.C. § 2257. This law requires producers of sexually explicit content to maintain detailed records of the ages of the performers, ensuring that they are of legal age. While the law was originally intended to combat child pornography, it has significant implications for the adult entertainment industry and anyone dealing with explicit content.

Understanding 2257 Compliance in Third-Party Content

As the adult entertainment industry continues to evolve, more and more producers are using third-party content in their productions. This can include footage from other studios or content created by individual performers. However, using third-party content comes with its own set of legal risks and compliance requirements, particularly when it comes to 2257 regulations.

Under 2257 regulations, producers are responsible for maintaining proper records for all performers in their productions, including those featured in third-party content. This means that producers must ensure that the performers in the third-party content are of legal age and that they have obtained proper documentation to verify their age.

Producers must also ensure that they have obtained the necessary rights and permissions to use the third-party content in their productions. This can include obtaining written consent from the content owner or entering into a licensing agreement.

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To mitigate legal risks and ensure compliance with 2257 regulations, producers should have a thorough understanding of the content they are using and take steps to verify the age of all performers featured in the content. Producers should also keep detailed records of the documentation they have obtained to verify the age of the performers.

In addition, producers should always obtain written consent or licensing agreements before using third-party content in their productions. This can help to protect the producer from potential legal issues, such as copyright infringement or unauthorized use of the content.

Working with an experienced entertainment attorney can also be beneficial for producers who use third-party content in their productions. An attorney can provide guidance on compliance with 2257 regulations and can help producers to negotiate licensing agreements with content owners.

Overall, producers who use third-party content in their adult entertainment productions must take steps to ensure compliance with 2257 regulations and mitigate legal risks. By following best practices and working with an experienced entertainment attorney, producers can help to protect their business and ensure the long-term success of their productions.


  • 2257 regulations, found in 18 U.S.C. § 2257, require producers of sexually explicit content to maintain detailed records of performers’ ages to combat child pornography.
  • Producers using third-party content in adult entertainment must adhere to 2257 compliance, ensuring that performers in third-party content are of legal age and have proper documentation.
  • Obtaining rights and permissions to use third-party content is crucial, involving written consent or licensing agreements to mitigate legal risks like copyright infringement.
  • Producers should maintain detailed records of age verification documentation and always obtain written consent or licensing agreements before using third-party content.
  • Working with experienced entertainment attorneys can provide guidance on 2257 compliance and help negotiate licensing agreements with content owners.

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Barry Chase

Barry Chase, Esq., Senior Partner at ChaseLawyers®, is a distinguished figure in the realm of sports and entertainment law, offering Harvard-level representation that is both cost-sensitive and exceptional. An honors graduate of Yale College (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School, Chase's illustrious career commenced at a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm, now known as Wilmer Hale. Here, he honed his expertise in Communications and First Amendment law, representing media titans such as CBS, the Times-Mirror Company, and Time, Inc. in pivotal Federal Communications Commission (FCC) matters.

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