California ban on sale of 'violent' video games to children rejected

The Supreme Court has struck down a California law that would have banned selling "violent" video games to children, a case balancing free speech rights with consumer protection.

The 7-2 ruling Monday is a victory for video game makers and sellers, who said the ban -- which had yet to go into effect -- would extend too far. They say the existing nationwide, industry-imposed, voluntary rating system is an adequate screen for parents to judge the ... Full Story »

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by Kristin Gorski - Jun. 28, 2011

A 7-2 SCOTUS vote in favor of rejecting the California law banning the sale of violent video games to children shows a cross-ideological perspective among the nine justices in favor or protecting the First Amendment right of freedom of speech. While I agree that violent video games should not be sold to (or played by) children, the California law singled out one industry, while there are violent images unfortunately accessible to children on evening network TV, movies, web sites, ... More »

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