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ANA Joins Broad Media Coalition in Opposition to Video Game Law

ANA and a broad coalition of media and entertainment groups have filed a “friend of the court” brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that a California law regulating the sale of violent video games should be struck down because it violates the First Amendment.  The Supreme Court is reviewing a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which held that the California law is unconstitutional. 

The brief in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association argues that the law is far too sweeping and that speech that is perfectly lawful for adults cannot be overly restricted under the guise of protecting children.  The brief notes that the U.S. Supreme Court has never recognized any exception to the protections of the First Amendment for violent content.  If the law were permitted to stand, it would have important implications for other forms of media, including advertising.  Similar laws in other states have uniformly been struck down as unconstitutional.  We hope the Supreme Court will uphold the Ninth Circuit and find this law unconstitutional as well.

If you have any questions, you can reach Dan Jaffe in ANA's Washington office at 202-296-2359 or at djaffe@ana.net.

 

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