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Game Over for Video Game Censorship - Adam Thierer INSIDE ALEC [November 2011]

Game Over for Video Game Censorship - Adam Thierer INSIDE ALEC [November 2011]

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An essay by Adam Thierer of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University that appeared in the Nov/Dec "Inside ALEC" newsletter. The piece examines what the future holds for effort to regulate and/or censor video game content in the wake of the Supreme Court's historic First Amendment decision in Brown v. EMA. By a 7-2 margin, the Court struck down a California law governing the sale of “violent video games” to minors. The court held that video games have First Amendment protections on par with books, film, music and other forms of entertainment.

Going forward, this ruling will force state and local governments to change their approach to regulating all modern media content. Education and awareness-building efforts will be the more fruitful alternative since censorship has now been largely foreclosed.
An essay by Adam Thierer of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University that appeared in the Nov/Dec "Inside ALEC" newsletter. The piece examines what the future holds for effort to regulate and/or censor video game content in the wake of the Supreme Court's historic First Amendment decision in Brown v. EMA. By a 7-2 margin, the Court struck down a California law governing the sale of “violent video games” to minors. The court held that video games have First Amendment protections on par with books, film, music and other forms of entertainment.

Going forward, this ruling will force state and local governments to change their approach to regulating all modern media content. Education and awareness-building efforts will be the more fruitful alternative since censorship has now been largely foreclosed.

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Published by: Adam Thierer on Nov 28, 2011
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