Supreme Court Strikes Down Violent Video Game Law

June 27, 2011

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This is a big win for upholding First Amendment Rights. First Amendment aside, the government shouldn't be deciding what games minors are allowed to play. That's what the parents should be doing. I hate it when politicians try to push their own lifestyle agendas under the guise of "protecting the children". It's so transparent....


The Supreme Court has finally ruled on the constitutionality of the California law (Brown v. EMA) that would have banned the sale of violent video games to minors.

The court struck down the law 7-2 using the First Amendment as the reasoning. Justice Scalia wrote the majority opinion, with Justices Thomas and Breyer in dissent.

"The act does not comport with the First Amendment," opens the opinion's syllabus. "Video games qualify for First Amendment protection. Like protected books, plays, and movies, they communicate ideas through familiar literary devices and features distinctive to the medium. And 'the basic principles of freedom of speech . . . do not vary' with a new and different communication medium."


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