Mission Impossible: Porn Lobby Group Asks Viewers to Stop Downloading Free "Content"

Last Updated Apr 30, 2010 12:26 PM EDT

Of all the lobby groups on Capitol Hill, the Free Speech Coalition -- which lobbies for the pornography industry -- is probably the most fun and least influential. Like all media, the adult business has fallen on hard times as consumers download free pirated versions of movies from the web. So the FSC has created two new ads to beg their fans to actually pay for content. This, surely, is an ad campaign that should be filed under "least likely to succeed."

One spot shows a group of performers with their clothes on addressing the camera in their normal voices. Even Ron Jeremy (pictured) plays it straight. A second is slightly more risque. In it, Charlie Lane asks, "If you could show your support and actually buy my movies it would make me really happy." The camera pulls back to reveal she's wearing nothing but smiley-face pasties.

My favorite fact about the FSC is that it's one of two Free Speech Coalitions: The other one is a conservative group that fights regulations targeting non-profits. The confusion is heightened because the conservative FSC's vice president is Dick Dingman, whose name suggests he's working in the wrong office.

While the chances of persuading consumers to stop pirating adult content are slim (and the business is already attempting to figure out business models that don't involve video), the FSC is not completely impotent. In the late 1990s, the FSC took on former attorney general John Ashcroft in a U.S. Supreme Court case, and won.

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