There is a class action lawsuit being worked on by attorneys for the Performers Union. The details are somewhat vague but the gist is that there is an effort underway to sue for royalties on behalf of performers.
It seems to be an effort in futility but you have to remember that this is the same way that mainstream actors ended up getting royalties and residuals….by intervention of the respective Unions.
As my reader Lurking Reader has pointed out “Who will they sue?” and that is a good question. Certainly Vivid, Wicked, Evil Angel and some others would be likely targets, since they have been around a while and are still in business.
But I have to wonder if anyone actually expects to collect anything. I can see a case for no, in that it is simply an effort to bring the idea to the forefront, at a time when there is a lot of re-organizing going on in porn. Almost everyone that has editorialized on Prop 60 for instance has pointed out that they are in favor of condom use in porn, and that performers shouldn’t be responsible for paying for their own testing and treatments. Consider what The Sacramento Bee said about it:
“Producers, not performers, should bear the cost of tests for sexually transmitted infections. And condom use is not too much to ask from an industry that routinely exposes its workers to sexually transmitted diseases, some of which can kill them. That’s why rules mandating protection against blood-borne pathogens on adult film sets have been in effect here since 1992.”
“Regulators are working with the industry and AHF to formulate comprehensive, updated safety regulations. This is beyond overdue, and they need to get busy. Producers and distributors, not performers, also should pay for more meaningful STD testing, as the measure suggests.”