U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Ninth Circuit Decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association

June 27, 2011 -

The United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the video game industry and retailers in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association (formerly known as Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association). The full opinion can be found here. According to Justice Scalia, who wrote the opinion: "the act forbidding sale or rental of violent games to minors does not comport with the 1st Amendment." Alito concurred with the judgment, joined by the Chief Justice. Justices Thomas and Breyer dissent, in an opinion by Thomas - according to SCOTUSBlog.

The court had to decide if a state law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors violated the First Amendment right to free speech. The Ninth Circuit Court ruled in favor of the EMA, saying that the law violated the First Amendment.

The law was written by California State Senator (D-San Francisco) Leland Yee and signed into law by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005. The law was immediately challenged by the video game industry and retail advocacy groups in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. A judge put a permanent injunction on the law, ruling that it was unconstitutional because it violated rights protected by the First Amendment.

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Source: SCOTUSBlog

 

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Right now I've got Don't Stop Believing.

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Wait wait! I've got the perfect one! If you know the words, sing along!

"This was a triumph!

I'm making a note here, huge success!

It's hard to overstate my satisfaction..." EVERYBODY!

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Aperture Science
We do what we must
because we can.
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.

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But there's no sense crying over every mistake 

You just keep trying till you run out of cake

and the science gets done

and you make a neat gun

for the people who are still alive.

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Wow I hadn't realized how nervous I was about this.  Hopefully this is the end of these kind of laws.  The real shame is the amount tax payer money wasted on this law in a time of financial crisis.  I personly will be celabrating with the most violent game I have.  (Either Bulletstorm or Mortal Kombat)

Now, I beleive in these circumstances are the following is obligatory so everybody join me.  U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A

"Video games qualify for First Amendment protection. Like protected books, plays, and movies, they communicate ideas through familiar literary devices and features distinctive to the medium.  And “the basic principles of freedom of speech . . . do not vary” with a new and different communication medium."  Brown V. EMA


 

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Can't wait to see what Yee has to say. He is probably crying.

E. Zachary Knight
Divine Knight Gaming

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I'm crying too! Joyfully, though. Makes it hard to dance!

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 I don't know.. it is hard to say how much political capital he really has wrapped up in this topic at this point.  

 

The river has moved on... while gamers care, the general voters seem less interested now

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I hope Yee manages to keep it classy in his response, though I doubt it.  Expect some major hyperbole. 

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Not too sure on that.  Yee is a Democrat from California- hardly the theistic type. 

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That doesn't mean anything. He's still a politician and they're all expected to appeal to god.

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He's busy looking for his crying towel as we speak and celebrate.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra. Hell will stay frozen over for quite a while since the Saints won the Super Bowl.

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.

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7/2 is a large majority, i expected it to be much closer.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

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To Leeland Yee, Arnold, Jerry Brown, and every other anti-gamer out there:

IN YOUR FACE!

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Somewhere in Miami, a certain ex-lawyer is screaming, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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I think he was probably far more upset that he couldn't have them ALL recused.  :)

Nightwng2000

NW2K Software

http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000

Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Nightwng2000 NW2K Software http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

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Not to belittle or take away the earned celebration of others, but can we have a "Gamer's Pride" march celebration?

Nightwng2000

NW2K Software

http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000

Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Nightwng2000 NW2K Software http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

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Hell Yeah. 

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VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  yee was an ignorant fool ahahaahah

 

HUGE supporter of the Video Game Industry and the ECA!

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Hooray for our side!

 
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