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April 16, 2002 05:27pm
AVN's Mark Kernes Hails Supreme Court Decision
Source: AVN
by: Company Press Release

(VAN NUYS, CA) -- The U.S. Supreme Court decision today to strike down the Child Pornography Act is a victory for Hollywood and the government, according to legal expert Mark Kernes, senior editor of Adult Video News Magazine (AVN) the trade magazine of the adult industry.

"The most important point is that the Court has now drawn a very bright line between young looking adults and actual minors," said Mr. Kernes, who is also a board member of the Free Speech Coalition. "This is an enormous victory for Hollywood, because it means the studios won't have to recall coming-of-age films such as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Tin Drum," and "The Last Picture Show," all classics that would have been considered child porn under the CPPA."

"Child pornography is actually child sexual abuse, and that is not what people in the adult entertainment industry do or support," said Mr. Kernes. "Our industry fought the fight, but everyone in the entertainment industry and the public are the real winners."

Mr. Kernes noted that the Supreme Court decision is "also a victory for the government because now it can spend its time more properly prosecuting actual child pornographers and people who are actually abusing children."

About AVN:
AVN is the leading independent authority in adult entertainment. The company publishes the monthly magazines AVN and AVN Online along with industry newsletter AVN Insider. It also owns the leading trade shows Internext and Adult Entertainment Expo, provides content through the Website www.avnlive.com and hosts the annual AVN Awards and GayVN Awards ceremonies. For more information visit www.AVN.com.

Mark Kernes, Senior Editor:
Mark Kernes is Senior Editor of AVN and is the publication's expert on First Amendment and related legal issues. Following his graduation from New York University in 1970, he began a 19-year career as a court reporter. His first review for AVN appeared in its fourth issue in 1983, and he joined the staff full time in 1991. He has served as Managing Editor, Features Editor and is currently the Senior Editor at the magazine. His frequently irreverent, regular commentaries on the AVN Website, www.AVN.com, have become must-reads for the adult entertainment industry. Kernes has won numerous adult industry awards for his reporting, including the Legends of Erotica Hall of Fame. He is on the board of directors of the Free Speech Coalition.

Contact for interviews with Mark Kernes:
Patti Rogers
AVN Press Office
T: 212-338-0050
F: 212-692-0832

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