Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video Game Bill

February 11, 2009 -

Utah Rep. Mike Morley has officially introduced video game legislation drafted by disbarred Miami attorney Jack Thompson.

As GamePolitics previously reported, H.B. 353 would amend Utah's current Truth in Advertising statute. If passed, retailers who claim that they don't sell M-rated games to underage buyers could be held liable if they did. The measure would also apply to R-rated DVDs as well as tickets to R-rated movies.

The language of the amendment has changed slightly from that which GP reported on Sunday. It now reads:

[Deceptive trade practices occur when, in the course of a person's business, vocation, or occupation that person:]

 

(u) (i) advertises that the person will not sell a good or service labeled with an age restriction or recommendation to a person under the age restriction or recommendation; and (ii) sells that good or service to a person under the age restriction or recommendation.

For his part, Thompson issued a press release this morning which says that the purpose of the bill is to "punish major American retailers who falsely claim they do not sell Mature-rated video games and R-rated movies and movie tickets to kids under 17."

While Thompson claims that H.B. 353 has no free speech implications, that remains to be seen; the bill clearly targets certain types of media content.

As GamePolitics readers may recall, Thompson also claimed that his 2006 Louisiana bill was constitutional (it wasn't) and that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was a "device," not a form of speech, (he was wrong about that, too).

So, please excuse us while wait for a real constitutional expert to weigh in.

Hearings on the proposal may begin as early as next week.

GP: Thanks to Nathaniel Edwards of LegalArcade.com for the artwork.


Comments

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

Ok, fine.  Zombies are allowable if they obey the "No eating of other customers" rule.  Also, no Boomers.

Robots may also buy games, but only if they're not Ridiculously Human Robots that have been programmed to love.

Vampires may buy video games, but only World of Darkness vampires.  Twilight vampires are strickly banned from anywhere cool.

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

Please, they prefer the term "living impared"

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

And the bastards never use a coaster.

I JUST BOUGHT THAT TEAK WOOD COFFEE TABLE

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

Oh I'm starting to despise them for eating my flesh and complaining about RE5.

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Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

They never share with me.

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Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video Game

Personally, I'm hoping for number 2 just to see the bill blow up in JT's face.

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video Game

Still unconstitutional on First Amendment(freedom of speech), and Fourteenth(equal protection, as this  still doesn't cover music). Next.

Thompson is still the Metropolitian Moron of Miami.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

Fourteenth Amendment protects individual "citizens" not companies. Equal Protection does't apply to corporate liability, although it would if like the CEO of GameStop was sued personally.

But yeah, there are MAJOR First Amendment issues here.

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

14th amendment has played a good part of the video game legislation defense. I know in Oklahoma, the ruling had as a major point the unequal treatment of movies and books compared to video games.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

@nighstalker & EZK:

A corporation is a "person" for the purposes of constitutional analysis. And, as a matter of fact, for the purposes of most every other sort of legal analysis. After all, a corporation is essentially a collective of persons (i.e., the corporate shareholders).   

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

Or books.

I really, really, really want to see it apply to books in Utah. I would then travel to the Utah office of my company and have some fun while I'm there.

 

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

by putting warning labels on the bibles?

岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

Give that man a cigar! Right in one.

 

 

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video Game

So, businesses change the wording of their stance from "we do not sell M rated video games to children" to "we strive to prevent the sale of M rated video games to children"

 

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Utah Legislator Officially Submits Jack Thompson Video ...

The wording makes it to broad for just M-rated. According to this, retailers can't sell T games to anyone under 13, or E+10 to anyone under 10. Constitution aside, this is pure-D WRONG!
 
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