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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ninth Circuit struck down ban on video game sales to minors

On February 20, 2009, a three judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld a district court ruling that a California law banning sales of video games to minors was unconstitutional because it violated First Amendment free speech rights. The court ruled that the appellants, a group of California state officials, had failed to establish that there was a "narrowly tailored" state interest in banning such sales by failing to establish any "causal link between minors playing violent video games and actual psychological or neurological harm."



Learn more about the laws regulating video games from the JURIST news archive, and more about the First Amendment from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute.




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