Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Video Game Manufacturers Sue Over California Law

The Entertainment Software Association and the Video Software Dealers Association are suing the Governor and Attorney General of California in federal court over newly enacted legislation that bans the sale of violent video games to persons under 18. The law is a reaction to games such as "Grand Theft Auto." Violent video games ordinances have been tossed out in the 7th Circuit (American Amusement Machine Association v. Kendrick, 244 F.3d 572 (2001)) and in the 8th Circuit (Interactive Digital Software Association v. St. Louis County, Missouri, 329 F3d 954 (2003)) on constitutional grounds but are on the books in other states such as Michigan (MCLS Sec. 722.685 et seq.) Read more here.

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