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 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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EMA Applauds Retailers' High Marks in FTC Ratings Enforcement Report

March 25, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) today applauded the efforts of retailers in the United States for continuing to show record levels of enforcement of video game and DVD ratings. The praise comes in response to the results of a Federal Trade Commission survey released today. That survey found that video game retailers turned away unaccompanied 13- to 16-year-olds who attempted to purchase Mature-rated games 87 percent of the time and turned away under-aged children who attempted to purchase R-rated or unrated DVDs 70 percent of the time.

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Mark Fisher Appointed President and CEO of EMA

March 5, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously selected Mark Fisher to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of the trade association, effective immediately. Fisher has served as Interim President of EMA since the retirement of Bo Andersen in November of 2012.

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Deadline for Applications for EMA Scholarships Extended to March 15

February 25, 2013 -

Good news, procrastinators!

The deadline to apply for an Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) scholarship has been extended to March 15.

From the EMA's press release:

"The EMA Scholarship Foundation awards academic scholarships to employees of EMA-member companies and their immediate family members who will be engaged in undergraduate and graduate study on a full-time basis. Awardees will receive up to $6,000 total, which will be issued in annual increments."

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EMA Sends Letter to Vice-President Joe Biden Concerning Violent Media's Role in Sandy Hook Shooting

January 7, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) has sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden offering its input on the effort he is leading to develop policy recommendations to address the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy that resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults.

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Longtime EMA President and CEO Bo Andersen to Retire

October 24, 2012 -

Bo Andersen, the man who has served as the President & CEO of the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) for 13 years, has decided to retire, effective November 15. The announcement was made by EMA Chair Bob Geistman.

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EMA: Digital Consumption of Entertainment Up 74 Percent in 2012

September 14, 2012 -

Consumption of entertainment via digital has grown 74 percent in 2012, according to the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA). The data comes from a new report by the trade group called "D2 Report: Discs & Digital – The Business of Home Entertainment Retailing." The report found that various digital formats including electronic sell-through, video-on-demand, and subscription streaming grew 51 percent in 2011 and 74 percent in the first quarter of 2012. Much of this popularity can be explained by the increase in tablet and mobile devices being used in U.S.

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Winners of the EMA's 2012 Scholarship Program Announced

August 10, 2012 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) has revealed the winners of its 2012 scholarship program. The trade group that represents retailers in the United States (and was the lead in Brown v. EMA) has awarded five students $1,500 a year for up to four years who are entering college as freshmen.

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MaskedPixelantehttps://twitter.com/DanSlott/status/527814374459977728 One More Shot at Marriage.10/30/2014 - 8:44am
E. Zachary KnightApparently, it is ok to review a games art on whether or not you like the style, but not ok to review a game's story or theme based on whether or not you like or agree with it.10/30/2014 - 8:40am
MechaCrashComics never change because the people in charge now read comics when they were kids, and keep reverting comics to what they remember. As long as that cycle holds, change will be slow at best.10/30/2014 - 8:18am
Neeneko@ MechaTama31 - That is the big reason fansubs were tollerated for so long in the US, japanese studios kept watch to see which ones became popular via those networks.10/30/2014 - 8:11am
quiknkoldJournalists shouldnt be bigger than the stories they report or products they review.10/30/2014 - 7:48am
E. Zachary KnightHere is some food for thought for gamergaters who want politics out of games journalism. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141026/06425828942/journalists-need-point-view-if-they-want-to-stay-relevant.shtml10/30/2014 - 7:18am
quiknkoldI didnt say all games are like that, Conster. Princess Peach was....different. though I had fun with it.10/30/2014 - 7:00am
james_fudgehttp://www.somethingawful.com/news/gamergate-with-cats/10/30/2014 - 5:20am
MechaTama31AE: Japan's doujin scene illustrates an interesting potential solution to that problem. Let people play around with the characters, and keep an eye on things to see what people are buying.10/30/2014 - 12:07am
ConsterI bought, played and liked the game (unlike Smash Basketball *shakes fist*), but that felt iffy to me.10/29/2014 - 10:52pm
Consterquiknkold: if Super Princess Peach had been Super Prince Peach instead, do you think emotions would've been a mechanic?10/29/2014 - 10:51pm
quiknkoldcore meaning Colossus, Storm, Wolverine, and Nightcrawler10/29/2014 - 8:51pm
quiknkoldMatthew, those core x-men were together for almost 2 decades, until one would always be dead so they couldnt have them all together.10/29/2014 - 8:51pm
quiknkoldmore of an unknown. background characters mostly, who had a book but it was mostly a waste. they bring in this powderkeg of diversity and boom. now they could do the same thing and with the right artist and writer and mystique to it...10/29/2014 - 8:50pm
Matthew Wilsondoes it though? they always seem to return to the original cast in a year or two.10/29/2014 - 8:49pm
quiknkoldWhen I think of the perfect catalyst of a melting pot hero team, I think of the All New All Different X-Men. A Russian, A African goddess, A Canadian Berzerker, a German elf, and Cyclops. and all have withstood the test of time mostly cause the x-men were10/29/2014 - 8:49pm
Andrew EisenOne reason is because the money people are often afraid it won't sell. "A new IP AND the protagonist is gay?! That'll never work!" Showing that diverse characters can work in popular IP is simply a place to start. The indie scene is another.10/29/2014 - 8:47pm
Matthew Wilsonisnt that the point? why not just make new heroes that are different races, sexual orientations, and genders to start with?10/29/2014 - 8:46pm
Andrew EisenYep, progress is a lot slower than it should be (especially for something that shouldn't have been a problem in the first place).10/29/2014 - 8:45pm
quiknkoldrelevent. Hazmat and X-23. while Reptile, Mettle, Rockslide, Anole, Hellion, Dust, Mercury are all relegated to background characters with zero character enhancement. or they are dead10/29/2014 - 8:45pm
 

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