Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Banning Sale Of Violent Video Games To Minors
June 29, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Citing the 1st Amendment, the United States Supreme Court struck down a California law that prohibited the sale of violent video games to children.
The New York Times reports that the court voted 7-2 in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association. The law that was struck down called for a $1,000 fine for stores that sold violent video games to minors.
Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for five of the justices in the majority.
"Like the protected books, plays and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot and music) and through features distinctive to the medium (such as the player’s interaction with the virtual world)," he wrote. "That suffices to confer [1st] Amendment protection."
The news source reports that the video game industry was happy with the ruling.
The decision was just the latest by the Supreme Court that protected 1st Amendment rights. Earlier this year, the high court determined that funeral protests, like those staged by the Westboro Baptist Church, are protected by the Constitution.