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2257 Screen In Your Film
U.S.C. Title 18, Section 2257 is the law that governs the recordkeeping and labeling of adult content. The law was most recently ammended on July 27, 2006
On June 23, 2005 a new set of rules (CFR Title 28 Sec 75) went into effect to administer the 2257 law. The full text of the new rules and Dept. of Justice comments on them can be found here.
Here are some highlights from the rules:
The film must contain a 2257 Compliance Statement in the film itself. This compliance statement must meet several criteria:
- Content: The statement must list the title of the film, the name of the person who is your custodian of records (a company name is not allowed), the complete street address where the records are stored (p.o. boxes are not allowed), and the dates of production for the film (typically this is the date on which each session was filmed).
- Format: The text must be at least 12pt in size or the same size as the second largest font in your credits. It must be clearly legible with text color and background colors that make it east to read (black on a white background is safe). And the message must stay on the screen long enough to be easily readable (we recommend 20 to 30 seconds).
- Locations Of Compliance Statement on Film: A film must display the 2257 Compliance Statement within one minute of the start of the film and before the first scene. We recommend the statement be placed at both the front AND back of the film so that it covers all bases. The 2257 Compliance Statement must be displayed before any nudity is shown in your menus or film. We recommend that the 2257 Compliance Statement be placed in the "autoplay" zone when you master your DVD. Please check the instructions of your DVD mastering program to see how this is done.
- Wording: The actual wording of the statement is not spelled out, but here is what we use on our films --
All performers appearing in (place film title here) were eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of filming. The records required by United States Code Title 18 Section 2257, with respect to this graphical material, are kept by the Custodian of Records: (show custodian's name and complete physical address here). Dates of Production: (list filming dates here).
Be Aware! The 2257 screen is not a joke, it cannot have light red text on a dark red background or be in tiny type or flash on the screen for only 2 seconds. AMVC will reject films that do not comply with the letter and spirit of the new regulations.
Here are a few ways you can make this happen.
- Low Tech Solution: We realize that many producers simply do not have the fancy equipment to add text and titles to their films, but you really don't need that. A simple, low tech, solution is to just use your word processor to print out a page with the 2257 information on it and then film that page with your camcorder for 30 seconds, then add your film footage to that tape. Be sure the text is easily readable on your television screen after filming it.
- High Tech Solution: If you have digital video editing capabilities then you can add a title screen with the 2257 information on it. If you want the high tech look but don't have the high tech equipment then contact us and we may be able to help you out.
- Paid Solution: We can add the 2257 screen to your film for you for a fee of $30 per title. Send us an email if you need this service.
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