What is 18 U.S.C. §§ 2257 and 2257A?
First passed in 1988, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2257 sets the requirements for recordkeeping related to the production of sexually explicit materials. Under this law, adult content producers, such as photography, adult magazines, and pornography, must collect proof of age for every Model. In addition, these
records must be kept and made available to the U.S. government for audits.
In addition, 2257 establishes recordkeeping standards for primary and secondary adult content producers. “Primary producer” refers to the
person or corporation creating the explicit material, while a “secondary producer” publishes or reproduces the explicit material.
Effective March 18, 2009, 18 U.S.C. 2257A is an addendum to the law that is called the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. 2257A added to the
requirements by including “simulated sexually explicit conduct” under the law’s scope. It also created a safe harbor certification process for
relevant adult TV or movie producers. As a result, producers are protected, or “safe,” from liability if they come forward to meet the requirements.
With questions related to compliance, you can contact the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice at (202) 514-5780.
18 U.S.C. §§ 2257–2257A Compliance Statement:
This website is in compliance with 18 U.S.C. §§ 2257–2257A and all applicable regulations. All models, actors, actresses and other persons that appear in any visual depiction of actual or simulated sexually explicit conduct appearing or otherwise contained in this website were over the age of eighteen years at the time of the creation of such depictions. All records required to be kept by applicable federal law are maintained by the custodian of records at the address listed below.
Custodian of Records: (please email firstname.lastname@example.org)