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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sides with gamers.

Monday, September 20th, 2010

( – Today, the Supreme Court case that may determine whether states can criminalize sales of games to minors grew a bit more complicated. That’s because a legal lobby supporting the comic book industry has thrown its support behind the game industry by filing a “friend of the court” brief in the case, officially titled Schwarzenegger vs. the Entertainment Merchants Association.

According to a copy of the brief obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund asked the Supreme Court to reject the law on the grounds that it “would undermine more First Amendment principles in a single case than any decision in living memory.”

Robert Corn-Revere, an attorney with the law firm representing the CBLDF, expanded on the brief to the Times. “The first amendment is indivisible,” he said. “If it’s weakened for one medium, it’s weakened for all. If a precedent is established for the censorship of games, it will be used for everybody else. You’ll see a lot of support for our position from different quarters.”

The Times expects those “quarters” to be some of the leading lobbies and organizations of the media and entertainment world, including the Reporters Committee for Freedom, the Radio Television News Association, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the Motion Picture Association of America.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Schwarzenegger vs. the Entertainment Merchants Association on November 2. At issue in the case is California Assembly Bill 1179, which was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005 but challenged in court before it could take effect.

Penned by California state assemblyman Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), CAB1179 sought to ban the sale or rental of “violent video games” to children. A “violent” game was defined as a “game in which the range of options available to a player includes killing, maiming, dismembering, or sexually assaulting an image of a human being.” If it becomes law, retailers that sold such games would be subject to a $1,000 fine.

The bill would also have required “violent” video games to bear a 2-inch-by-2-inch sticker with a “solid white ’18′ outlined in black” on their front covers. That’s more than twice the size of the labels that currently adorn game-box covers and display the familiar Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating.

Who is your daddy, and what does he do?

Thursday, May 21st, 2009
Arny vs. the ESA (insert Terminator quote here)

Arny vs. the ESA (insert Terminator quote here)

GamePolitics noted yesterday that California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to pull the trigger on escalating the appeal process on his law to restrict the sale of violent video games to minors all the way to the US Supreme Court.

This law, that should have gone into effect in January 2006, was halted by a US District Court judge who filed an injunction. Since then, Gov. Schwarzenegger has moved the law through the appeals process. With no success so far, Schwarzenegger is only left with the final option of pitching his case to the US Supreme Court.

Schwarzenegger quotes:

“I signed this important measure to ensure parents are involved in determining which video games are appropriate for their children,” said Schwarzenegger about the news. “By prohibiting the sale of violent video games to children under the age of 18 and requiring these games to be clearly labeled, this law would allow parents to make better informed decisions for their kids. I will continue to vigorously defend this law and protect the well-being of California’s kids.”

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), who constantly goes to bat for the video games industry were lilkely to respond. ESA president and CEO Michael Gallagher released the following statement yesterday:

“We are confident that this appeal will meet the same fate as the State’s previous failed efforts,” said Gallagher,” [in trying] to regulate what courts around the country have uniformly held to be expression that is fully protected by the First Amendment. California’s taxpayers would be better served by empowering parents and supporting the ESRB rating system.”