3. Contractual Terms

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
2

Those models who enter pornography voluntarily-that is, without having been physically forced-can expect to enter their new employment under contractual terms quite unlike any others we know of. They will by most standards be well paid-from $250 a day for established models[1016] but they will be paid strictly in cash[1017] and normally by the number and type of sex acts performed.[1018] Fringe benefits such as medical insurance are unknown.[1019] Models sign a standard release form which gives the film producer or the photographer complete ownership of, and unlimited rights to the material produced.[1020] Once the leave the movie set or the film studio, they have no guarantee of future employment and no ability to control the use of the material in which they appear.

Notes

  1. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, William Roberts, p. 65; Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, Chris, p. 98; Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, George, p. 85. (noting that he "would make between $1,000 and $2,000 a week"). William Margold estimates that male "superstars" earn $80,000 per year, while "newcomers" earn "around $200 per day." Bennett, supra note 972, at 71. The highest salary currently paid-to a female "superstar"-appears to be $17,000 per day. Heather Wayne Interview, supra note 987, p. 58 (statement of Bruce Seven, prominent X-rated film producer).
  2. Bennett, supra note 972, p. 71; Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, George, p. 91.
  3. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, George, p. 85; Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, William Roberts, p. 65 ("going rate being about $250 per sex act").
  4. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, George, p. 89.
  5. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, William Roberts, pp. 70-71. For the extraordinary effects of such releases See, Faloona v. Hustler Magazine, 607 F. Supp. 1341(D.C. Tex. 1985) appeal docketed, No. 85-1359 (5th Cir. 1985) (child whose nude pictures appeared in Hustler had no right to revoke mother's consent to publication, even though pictures had been taken for different publication and sold to Hustler by photographer). See also, Shields v Gross 58 N.Y. 2d 338 (1983) (dismissing Brooke Shields' efforts to stop publication of nude, highly eroticized pictures taken of her at age ten with her mother's consent).