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Video Games afforded First Amendment protection by SCOTUS ruling

Dammej June 27, 2011 User blog:Dammej

Hey folks,

I figure most people have probably seen this by now, but just in case you haven't, here's some exciting news for video game fanatics everywhere (From ars technica):

“The Supreme Court of the United States has finally released its decision in the case of Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, which asked whether "a state law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors violates the First Amendment right to free speech," according to the ruling (PDF). The answer is a resounding "yes," with the court finding there is no compelling evidence to state that video games are more damaging to children than other forms of media.”

What's this mean? For one, that law in California banning the sale of video games to minors has been struck down as unconstitutional. More importantly, this will (should) preempt any further attempts by legislators to regulate the sale of video games. Not messing with a working system (ESRB)? Sounds good to me!

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