Okay so let me get this straight … Shay Jordan is now Jasmine Jinn, well at least that is what I read over at PS Babylon. How the fuck did this happen? This is some crazy sounding shit that I had to look into. I mean why in the world would an established porn star change her name. That’s marketing suicide. Surely there has to be a damn good reason behind this.
We know that Shay Jordan started her career as a porn star in last 2005 or early 2006 and signed with Digital Playground in August of 2006 and like most starlets who sign contracts, she seemed to have signed away the rights to her name. This isn’t however uncommon. We’ve known this to be common practice dating back for many years now, even as far back as Racquel Darrian with Vivid and that was in the mid 1990s. Now a decade later this practice is still taking place. The few times you hear about this kind of thing, it usually ends with the studio releasing the rights to the girls name back to the performer with a few exceptions such as the time Kira Kener sued Vivid after the dissolution of her contract to gain control of the rights to her name.
Teagan Presley was once under contract with Digital Playground and some would have you believe there was some legal issues with her name because the second she left Digital Playground, she started just going by the name of Teagan however Teagan herself went on record as saying that isn’t remotely the case. While it is true about the trademark, they (as in Digital Playground) has been nothing but supportive of her career and personal circumstances despite the fact that she is no longer under contract with them. In fact, Teagan Presley will be signing autographs at the Digital Playground booth this year in Las Vegas at the 2009 AEE show.
So we know that Digital Playground is in the practice, similar to Vivid in gaining control of their contract performers name. We however also know that like Vivid they tend to have no problems returning the rights to the name once the contract is over, as evident with Teagan Presley. So why this Shay Jordan name change?
Shay Jordan’s MySpace page is clearly run by Digital Playground and they seem to continue to support it and keep it updated despite the fact that she is no longer under contract with them. That seems odd.
Shay Jordan was in the Pirates II movie but wasn’t as the premier party.
So I made a few phone calls and here is what I was told. Yes it is true that Shay Jordan is no longer under contract with Digital Playground. Yes Shay Jordan is now booking all of her work through Goldstar Modeling. Yes Shay Jordan changed her name to Jasmine Jinn. And she did so for practical reasons and that is because Digital Playground owns the rights to the name Shay Jordan and it would be a big legal hassle to try and get it back that could hold up her ability to work under that name. So there you have it. That is the reason Shay Jordan is now Jasmine Jinn.