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Activision Blizzard (ATVI) update #18—Activision files friend of court brief in Schwarzenegger v. EMA

Posted by intelledgement on Wed, 22 Sep 10

Our game publisher Activision (ATVI) distributed a press release yesterday announcing the filing of an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in support of the respondents in the Schwarzenegger v. EMA case. The case concerns a California law enacted in 2005 that would ban the sale of video/computer games that are determined to be “violent” to minors. The bill was authored by California state senator Leland Yee, who has a PhD in psychology and believes there is a causal link between media violence and real-world violence. The law has never gone into effect, having been first stayed and ultimately ruled unconstitutional by a U.S. District Court in 2007. California appealed to the Court of Appeals, which upheld the District Court’s ruling in 2009. In a surprize move earlier this year—given that similar laws from other states had previously been ruled unconstitutional—the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

The main arguments of the brief are that [a] there is already an effective rating system for video games that sufficiently informs parents about their content such that they have the opportunity to regulate access of their minor children to such games and [b] the proposed remedy is too restrictive. The Court is expected to hear oral arguments later this Fall and a ruling would presumably be forthcoming next Spring.

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