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CA Video Game Law Struck Down

22 Dec, 2005 By: Jessica Wolf

California Judge Ronald Whyte, U.S. district judge for the court in Northern California, Tuesday handed down an injunction that would bar the state from implementing a law restricting video game sales, finding it unconstitutional.

The Video Software Dealers Association, which had been fighting the law in the California courts immediately, issued a statement on the ruling.

“VSDA frankly takes no pleasure in the decision,” said VSDA president Bo Anderson. “The injunction was inevitable, as is a final ruling that the law is unconstitutional.”

The ruling is a second this month in which a federal court has prevented a law that attempts to restrict video game sales.

“It should now be abundantly clear that these types of laws will never be enforced because they amount to unconstitutional government censorship,” Anderson said.

The challenged law was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2006. It would restrict the sale or rental to anyone under the age of 18 of computer and video games that are classified as “violent video games” if the depictions of violence in the games are offensive to the community or if the violence depicted is committed in an “especially heinous, cruel, or depraved” manner.

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