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Meese Porn Commission Draws Industry Fire

Magazine article Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management

Meese Porn Commission Draws Industry Fire

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Meese porn commission draws industry fire

The publishing industry is rallying in a legal battle against the U.S. Attorney General's Commission on Pornography. The commission is playing havoc with so-called "adult' magazines--and if preliminary reports of its findings are any indication, the situation could get worse before it gets better.

Since the commission's tactics began to yield results in the form of retailers taking magazines off the shelves, the idea that a growing wave of censorship could ultimately affect almost any type of magazine has begun to seem not so far-fetched. Apart from the encroachment on publishers' First Amendment rights, there is concern that the threat to adult-title sales could conceivably undermine the economic structure of the single-copy distribution system. (See sidebar, page 22.)

Industry groups have joined publishers of adult magazines in filing lawsuits against the [Attorney General Edwin] Meese Commission. At press time, at least three suits had been filed seeking to enjoin the commission from issuing a list of so-called "pornography distributors' and from pursuing some of its constitutionally questionable tactics for controlling the dissemination of sexually oriented material. Penthouse International filed suit on May 15 in Federal District Court in New York; Playboy Enterprises was joined by the Council for Periodical Distributors and the American Booksellers Association in a similar suit filed the next day in Federal court in Washington, D. …

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