A Legal Analysis of Brown v. EMA

July 8, 2011 -

            No doubt everyone has heard the good news out of the Supreme Court last week. Video games are saved from government censorship based on violent content, California’s law prohibiting the sale of violent video games to minors is invalid, good times had by all. This article is for those curious as to the how and why of this outcome, and will take readers through the Court’s principal opinion written by Justice Scalia (which is the governing law and will be used as precedent everywhere in the US from now on) as well as touch on a few points from other opinions penned by other Justices.

 

EMA reveals 2015-2016 board of directors

July 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) has announced its new 2015-2016 board members. New to the board this year are Aaron Cherveny from Target, Michael Aragon from Sony Network Entertainment, and Cameron Douglas from M-GO.

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June is 'Entertainment Ratings Awareness Month'

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Merchants Association has declared June as "Entertainment Ratings Awareness Month," as it does every year.  As part of "Entertainment Ratings Awareness Month, the trade group encourages all retailers of entertainment and video games to promote the ratings systems in place intended to help parents and guardians make informed decisions about purchasing and consuming age-appropriate content for their children.

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EMA announces 2015 Independent Home Entertainment Awards winners

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Merchants Association announced the winners of its 2015 Independent Home Entertainment Awards, which were handed out during EMA’s 2015 Independent Product Market at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, California this week. Recipients of this year's awards were chosen by EMA retail and distributor members who made selections from a list of nominations.

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Doreen McHugh Joins EMA Board of Directors

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Doreen McHugh has joined the Entertainment Merchants Association's Board of Directors, the organization announced today. McHugh is category manager for home entertainment company Giant Eagle. She has been with Giant Eagle for 17 years, and is currently the Category Manager for Non-Foods and Service Center Businesses, which covers home video.

The Giant Eagle supermarket chain serves more than five million customers annually through nearly 400 retail locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment Exec To Co-Chair The '2015 Los Angeles Entertainment Summit'

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Universal Studios Home Entertainment's John Morici will co-chair the 2015 Los Angeles Entertainment Summit (LAES), the annual event put on by the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Morici is the Executive Vice President and Regional Managing Director US/Canada for Universal Studios Home Entertainment. He joins LAES Founding Co-Chair Mark Horak, President of Redbox; and Mark Fisher, President & CEO of the Entertainment Merchants Association.

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EMA Announces Three Executive Promotions

November 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) announced the promotion of three long-time team members: Sean Bersell, Carrie Dieterich, and Carla Immordino. The EMA said in its announcement today that these promotions are "in recognition of the roles they are playing in the Association’s growth and strategic focus." The promotions take effect immediately.

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EMA Announces 2015 Los Angeles Entertainment Summit

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) announced that the fourth annual Los Angeles Entertainment Summit (LAES) will be held July 6-8, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century City.

EMA Hands Out Digi Awards to 'Breaking Bad,' Amazon, and More

October 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday the Entertainment Merchant's Association (EMA) handed out its annual "Digi" Awards "for outstanding achievement in digital entertainment content, retailing, leadership, and innovation." The awards were handed out by EMA President and CEO Mark Fisher as part of its Digital Media Pipeline, held this week at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

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EMA Board Elects Rentrak Executive As Its New Chairman

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Marty Graham, the president of Home Entertainment at Rentrak has been elected as the new Chairman of the trade group the Entertainment Merchants Association. The election took place during the 2014-2015 EMA Board meeting on July 23. Graham replaces Bob Geistman, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Ingram Entertainment, who chaired the Board for a decade. Geistman will remain on the EMA Board as Treasurer.

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EMA Honors Actor Haley Joel Osment With The Independent Career Achievement Award

June 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) has honored actor Haley Joel Osment with the Independent Career Achievement Award, for his work in independent studio films, major studio releases, television shows, web series, and video games. The award was presented at EMA’s 2014 Independent Product Market at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, California this week.

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June is 'Entertainment Ratings and Labeling Awareness Month'

June 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It's June, which means it's time for the Entertainment Merchants Association, the Digital Media Association (DiMA), Music Business Association (Music Biz), and National Association of Theatre Owners to remind consumers that this month is "Entertainment Ratings and Labeling Awareness Month." This coalition of trade groups representing various industries has chosen June as the month to raise awareness on all the ratings systems available for entertainment - something they have been doing annually since 2004.

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EMA Adds Three New Members

May 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Trade group the Entertainment Merchants Association has added three new companies as members today. Those companies include film company Lionsgate, Barnes & Noble's Nook Media, and hoopla digital.

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Author Lists Brown v. EMA as One of the 'Worst Decisions of the Supreme Court'

March 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A national press tour for the Fourth Edition of Joel D. Joseph's book chronicling (what he believes) are the worst decisions made by the United States Supreme Court in recent years is about to get underway. The book was published by Imprint Books in December of last year and was recently updated with new material.

Redbox Instant CEO Joins EMA Board

February 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Joe Ambeault, CEO of Redbox Instant by Verizon has joined the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) Board of Directors, the trade group announced today. The EMA represents the interests of the entertainment industry including streaming services, companies that provide support for the film and movie industries, and video game companies that do business at traditional retail and online.

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Four More Companies Join EMA

February 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Merchant's Association has added four new firms to its organization as members. The companies are CaptionMax, Group 1200 Media, Sony DADC New Media Solutions, and Phase 4 Films. The EMA is a trade group representing the entertainment industry and retail, focusing on issues that affect both like taxes, censorship, and more.

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EMA Adds Three New Members

January 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) announced this morning that it has added three more members into its Association: 3Play Media, Mediamorph, and The Peter Rodgers Organization (also known as PROFilms).

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EMA Welcomes Four New Members

December 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Four new companies have become members of trade group the Entertainment Merchant Association (EMA) this week. Those companies include 3rd i QC, Deluxe, Dolby, and FilmTrack.

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EMA Reveals 2013 Digi Award Winners

September 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

This week the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) presented Amazon, Netflix, and the online campaign for the video game “Injustice: Gods Among Us” with its Digi Awards for outstanding achievement in digital entertainment content, innovation, and retailing. The EMA also recognized Morgan Spurlock with its Visionary Award. The awards were presented at EMA’s Digital Media Pipeline, held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles this week.

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California Governor Jerry Brown Supports ESA Backed Game Development Program in Oakland

September 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) is a strange bird sometimes. He, representing the state's view as Attorney General, put his name on a lawsuit (Brown v. EMA) defending a 2005 law written by State Senator Leland Yee that sought to prohibit minors from buying Mature rated games. That case went to the Supreme Court and was eventually struck down as unconstitutional. The state ultimately was forced to pay the legal fees of the Entertainment Software Association - the trade group representing the video games industry in the United States - in 2011.

Morgan Spurlock to Keynote Digital Media Pipeline

August 13, 2013 -

Morgan Spurlock, best known as the creator of the documentary "Super Size Me," will keynote the Entertainment Merchants Association’s (EMA) fifth annual Digital Media Pipeline, on Sept. 24 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Digital Media Pipeline is a one-day business-to-business conference for digital retailers and distributors, content producers, content aggregators, service providers, and digital technology companies. This year's event marks the first time that digital video game distribution and retailing will be included.

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EMA Hosts Los Angeles Entertainment Summit

July 24, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is holding its annual Los Angeles Entertainment Summit event this week (July 23-24) in Los Angeles. The event brought together nearly 1,000 people from dozens of entertainment companies for two days of business meetings, tech displays, and seminars focused on the state of the entertainment industry.

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EMA Adds Two New Members to Association

June 26, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) has added two new members to its association: Dune HD and Giant Interactive.

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EMA Doles Out Its Independent Home Entertainment Awards

June 19, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) today presented Independent Home Entertainment Awards to four video titles for being the best in their respective categories. The awards were given out during EMA’s 2013 Independent Product Market at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, California.

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EMA: Blu-Ray Disc Sales Increase in 2012

June 19, 2013 -

Retailers are embracing digital delivery as consumers migrate their existing disc collections into the digital world, but a new report by the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) shows that Blu-Ray consumption is on the rise. There was a .25% increase in consumer spending on home entertainment in 2012, the first time in seven years there hasn’t been a decrease, EMA noted at the annual Independent Product Market event.

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EMA Honors William Shatner With a Video Legend Award

June 19, 2013 -

William Shatner has been honored with a Video Legend Award by the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) in recognition of his extraordinary career and the popularity of his work on home video, the EMA announced today. The award was presented by EMA during its 2013 Independent Product Market at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, California.

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EMA Scholarship Foundation Announces This Year's Recipients

June 5, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association Scholarship Foundation has announced the two individuals that will receive academic scholarships of $1,500 per year for up to four years. This year’s recipients are Haadjer Benmerzouga and Emily Sargent. Haadjer Benmerzouga is a pharmacy technician for Giant Eagle graduating from Cleveland State this year with a 3.8 GPA. Benmerzouga has been accepted into Northeast Ohio Medical University to study pharmacy science.

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EMA Adds Three New Members

May 3, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association has added three new members into the association this week. The three businesses joining the association are DHX, OVGuide, and Redbox Instant.

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Redbox's David Asch Joins EMA Board

April 18, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association announced today that Redbox's David Asch has joined the EMA Board of Directors. Asch is senior vice president of content of Redbox, responsible for content strategy and acquisition.

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EMA Adds Video Game Distribution Talk to 2013 Digital Media Pipeline Conference

April 17, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) announced this week that it will add a series of discussions on digital video game distribution and retailing to its upcoming 2013 Digital Media Pipeline conference, to be held Sept. 24 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The one-day event will bring together experts in the digital entertainment industry, including retailers, distributors, content aggregators, service providers and more.

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Mattsworknameargue that it's wrong, but then please admit it's wrong on ALL Fronts07/29/2015 - 2:06am
MattsworknameTechnoGeek: It's actually NOT, but it is a method used all across the specturm. See Rush limbaugh, MSNBC, Shawn hannity, etc etc, how many compagns have been brought up to try and shut them down by going after there advertisers. It's fine if you wanna07/29/2015 - 2:05am
Mattsworknamediscussed, while not what I liked and not the methods I wanted to see used, were , in a sense, the effort of thsoe game consuming masses to hold what they felt was supposed to be there press accountable for what many of them felt was Betrayal07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAs we say, the gamers are dead article set of a firestorm among the game consuming populace, who, ideally, were the intended audiance for sites like Kotaku, Polygon, Et all. As such, the turn about on them and the attacking of them, via the metods07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAndrew: Thats kind fo the issue at hand, Accountable is a matter of context. For a media group, it means accountable to its reader. to a goverment, to it's voters and tax payer, to a company, to it's share holders.07/29/2015 - 2:02am
Andrew EisenAnd again, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published?07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - I disagree with your 9:12 and 9:16 comment. There are myriad ways to address content you don't like. And they're far easier to execute in the online space.07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Banning in the legal sense? Not that I'm aware but there have certainly been groups of gamers who have worked towards getting content they don't like removed.07/28/2015 - 11:45pm
DanJAlexander's editorial was and continues to be grossly misrepresented by her opponents. And if you don't like a site, you stop reading it - same as not watching a tv show. They get your first click, but not your second.07/28/2015 - 11:40pm
TechnogeekYes, because actively trying to convince advertisers to influence the editorial content of media is a perfectly acceptable thing to do, especially for a movement that's ostensibly about journalistic ethics.07/28/2015 - 11:02pm
Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
Mattsworknameyou HAVE TO click on it. So they get the click revenue weather you like what it says or not. as such, the targeting of advertisers most likely seemed like a good course of action to those who wanted to hold those media groups accountable for one reason07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
MattsworknameBut, when you look at online media, it's completely different, with far more options, but far few ways to address issues that the consumers may have. In tv, you don't like what they show, you don't watch. But in order to see if you like something online07/28/2015 - 9:12pm
MattsworknameIn tv, and radio, ratings are how it works. your ratings determine how well you do and how much money you an charge.07/28/2015 - 9:02pm
Mattsworknameexpect to do so without someone wanting to hold you to task for it07/28/2015 - 9:00pm
MattsworknameMecha: I don't think anyone was asking for Editoral changes, what they wanted was to show those media groups that if they were gonna bash there own audiance, the audiance was not gonna take it sitting down. you can write what you want, but you can't07/28/2015 - 8:56pm
MattsworknameAndrew, Im asking as a practical question, Have gamers, as a group, ever asked for a game, or other item, to be banned. Im trying to see if theres any cases anyone else remembers cause I cant find or remember any.07/28/2015 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenAs mentioned, Gamasutra isn't a gaming site, it's a game industry site. I don't feel it's changed its focus at all. Also, I don't get the sense that the majority of the people who took issue with that one opinion piece were regular readers anyway.07/28/2015 - 8:43pm
MattsworknameDitto kotaku, Gawker, VOX, Polygon, ETC07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MechaTama31So, between pulling a game from one chain of stores, and forcing editorial changes to a media source, only one of them strikes you as being on the edge of censorship, and it's the game one?07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
 

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