In California, adult magazines must be labeled “adult.”
These are magazines that are classified as having more than 25,000 total circulation, or 100,000 in a calendar year, according to the California Department of Justice.
This category includes magazines that have a circulation of more than 30,000, or 70,000.
These magazines are classified by the DOJ as having an adult content rating.
The ban was first put into effect in 2012 and has been in place since the end of 2016.
What is “adult content”?
It’s a label that indicates that an adult publication is adult in nature, and the content is generally of an adult nature.
This is the category that applies to adult publications that are not intended for children.
What’s the difference between a “restricted” and “nonrestricted” magazine?
An “restricted publication” is one that is restricted in its circulation.
This means that the magazine is not sold to minors, and it’s not permitted to be used for distribution.
An “non-restricted publication,” or a “noncommercial publication,” is one which is not restricted in the way that it is sold.
These are typically non-commercial publications.
How does the California DOJ define “adult”?
According to the DOJ, “adult means a person who is at least 18 years of age and who is interested in participating in or enjoying sexually explicit material or sexually explicit materials of a sexual nature.”
The DOJ defines “sexually explicit material” as any sexually explicit pictorial depiction of a minor engaging in sexual activity.
“Sexual activity” includes kissing, hugging, or fondling of the genitals or pubic area, anal intercourse, oral sex, and masturbation.
What if I’m not sure?
Ask your attorney to review your legal options.
If you are a teenager or young adult, your rights are more limited than adults.
Your rights will vary depending on the age of your children and the state of your residence.