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This topic contains 3 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  TaxandLegal 6 years, 1 month ago.

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  • #8136

    aphra
    Keymaster

    This was a pretty hot topic when I was in the US. And this ruling seems pretty important – games qualify for first amendment protection…

    Aphra.

    ‘The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the video game industry in a 7-2 vote on Monday morning, striking down a hotly-debated California video game law that sought to place government restrictions on the sale of violent video games to minors.

    The long-awaited, landmark ruling sets a precedent for the government’s role in the regulation of video game industry, and helps place the video game industry on equal ground with other forms of media in terms of government regulation.

    The Court stated that the California law "violated the First Amendment."

    "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," the ruling states [PDF].’

    see full story http://bit.ly/mCNOTm

  • #47171

    ian_hannigan
    Participant

    Welcome back Aphra! Hope you enjoyed your time in the US.

    That’s a pretty significant ruling!

    Ian

  • #47172

    aphra
    Keymaster

    thanks :D

    not sure how some publishers are going to continue to argue that games are just software now…?

    the other interesting part of the ruling related to current research on the relationship and impact of violence in videogames on minors and children…

    Aphra.

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    TaxandLegal
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