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Origim avatar 9:51 AM on 02.28.2008
California Games law still floating around.

According to Gamepolitics California is trying to bring back the 2005 video games bill in the court of appeals. For those of you who don't remember this is Leland Yee's bill that was declared unconstitutional late last year. Media Coalition has filled an amicus brief on behalf of its member's in opposition of the appeal.

"The Media Coalition members’ amicus brief in the appeal argues that the state’s claim is contrary to all U.S. Supreme Court and Courts Of Appeal precedent and could lead to a wide array of mainstream books, magazines, movies, videos, recordings, and other material with violent content becoming subject to regulation.

Additionally, the brief argues that the terms used to define a “violent video game” are unconstitutionally vague and the labeling requirement is unconstitutional compelled speech and a content-based requirement."

This bill was bad news in 2005 when Governor Schwarzenegger signed it into law and it needs to stay dead. I have no idea how California thinks its going to get anywhere with this appeal but I am glad that the Media Coalition is standing up for the industry in court. As a resident of California, it tells me my state government is at some point in the future going to try something along the lines of the 2005 bill again. As long as Yee is in office the states gamers have a fair amount of reason to be concerned.

Source: GamePolitics

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