Video game industry body plans protest at US Supreme Court

The Entertainment Consumers Association is organising a rally in on the day the Supreme Court is scheduled hears oral arguments in Schwarzenegger v. EMA, the case on California's law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors.

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The Entertainment Consumers Association is organising a rally in on the day the Supreme Court is scheduled hears oral arguments in Schwarzenegger v. EMA, the case on California's law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors.

The ECA filed one of a number of briefs in support of the EMA. The rally is set for November 2 on the steps of the Supreme Court. Oral arguments should begin at 10 am. More information is available on the ECA website here.

The Supreme Court made significant rulings on the First Amendment in its previous session. In US v. Stevens, the court ruled 8-1 (Justice Samuel Alito was the dissenter) that a federal law criminalising the commercial production, possession, or sale of depictions of animal cruelty violated the First Amendment.

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the court held in a landmark 5-4 ruling (Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented) that political speech is protected under the First Amendment and that laws can't prevent corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce candidates in elections. Elena Kagan has since replaced the retired Stevens on the court.

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