Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The sale of violent video games to minors allowed in California

The Supreme Court of the United States struck on Monday, a California law prohibiting the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. For the first time that the highest U.S. court decides in the debate between advocates of freedom of expression, who felt that the ban violated the First Amendment of the U.S.

Constitution, and the proponents of a ban " protector "for minors. The decision of the Supreme Court upheld the decision of an appellate court, which had also felt that the law violates freedom of expression. The text was challenged in court by a group of publishers, distributors and sellers of video games, including groups such as Disney, Electronic Arts, Microsoft and Sony.

Passed in 2005, California law was never implemented due to the different procedures. She considered "violent" video game while showing "murder, mutilation, dismemberment or sexual assault against a human." It provided for fines of 1000 dollars (700 euros) for resellers do not comply. Six other U.S.

states have adopted similar legislation, all invalidated by the courts. In its decision, the Supreme Court noted that "the government has no authority to freely set the amount of ideas that a miner can be exposed."

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