Sorry for being a little bit late on this story. The boyz of Cocodorm.com—such as Baby Boy (nsfw), seen above, and the very familiar faces and bodies of performers such as Will and Breion Diamond (nsfw)—will stay put for now. A federal judge rules the very popular blatino gay porn portal can continue to offer live sex shows from its Miami home.
The dorm—which has advertised on Rod 2.0—features up to five black and Latino young men who share a home together and have sex on schedule (nsfw).The city has tried to shut down the five-bedroom house near downtown Miami, arguing it constitutes an "adult business illegally operating in a residential area." In 2007 the city's Code Enforcement Board agreed, and Cocodorm owner Flavaworks (nsfw) responded to the code enforcement by suing in federal court.
U.S. District Court Judge Marcia C. Cooke sided with Flavaworks and based her ruling on a precedent involving the City of Tampa and adult website Voyeurdorm.com, a straight website which features women. Cooke ruled Cocodorm did not violate city ordinances and "agreed with Flava Works that no business was conducted in the house where the sex shows take place and that all business transactions were conducted over the internet." There was no evidence what happened inside the home "could be accessed by neighbors or effect the immediate surroundings."
The legal battle began when neighbors and zoning authorities were sent anonymous, printed copies of the webpages, a DVD of a sex show and a fight that happened at the dorm, and, photos of the red brick home. (Copy of the package courtesy of Darian Aaron and LOLDarian.com) Candid snapshots of the dorm residents also identified the young men by name. The package was sent to NBC6 which aired an expose—YouTube here—that prompted city officials to take action. The television report and dorm activity became a cause celebre across the black gay virtual community with various blogs taking sides. (Note: The story was never reported on Rod 2.0 until now.) It was later revealed one of the leading bloggers who publicly condemned the activity was a longtime customer of Flavaworks and Cocoboyz.
The verdict is being celebrated across the adult industry and for good measure. The case becomes a precedent for future cases involving zoning and its application to cyberspace, as well as regulation of live, virtual adult entertainment. It also helps that the Flavaworks case was decided on a very distinguished docket: Judge Marcia C. Cooke is the first black female federal judge in Florida and the same judge who presided over the terror-conspiracy trial of alleged Al-Qaeda "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla.