The trade publication Vending Times has published an opinion piece about the upcoming Schwarzenegger vs. EMA Supreme Court case, saying that a win for the state of California could give politicians more power to eradicate the U.S. amusement industry.
The publication commended the Amusement and Music Operators Association (AMOA) for opposing the California law and signing on to an amicus brief (PDF) alongside the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), among others.
Vending Times outlined how the case could impact its readers:
The high court's ruling will establish a vital precedent that could apply, by implication and extension, to anything and everything from music and advertising to arcade operations. (Some lawmaker decides it's bad for kids? Some psychologist conducts a study that "proves" it's emotionally harmful to children? Fine, it's illegal -- period.)
So it is no exaggeration to say that for the amusement industry, this ruling will be the most important verdict ever issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The editorial even went so far as to label SCOTUS’ ruling “more important than copyright rulings or legislation,” as the Schwarzenegger case deals with the government controlling content, and, if “you don't have content, then there is no copyright to dispute.”
The piece ends by asking “Will the U.S. Supreme Court give politicians even more power to kill this industry?”