ESA to Sue MI Governor

Video Game Industry to Sue Michigan's Governor (thanks WarCry) has word on the ESA's efforts at countering recent legislation aimed at criminalizing the sale of Adult and Mature rated games to those under 17 years of age in Michigan (story). Here's a bit:
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 14, 2005--The computer and video game industry will file suit in Michigan asking that the state's new video game law be overturned, the Entertainment Software Association announced today. Similar laws were previously found unconstitutional and thrown out in St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Washington State, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

"If this law is implemented, it will not only limit First Amendment rights for Michigan's residents, but, by virtue of its vagueness, it will also create a huge amount of confusion for Michigan's retailers, parents, and video game developers," said Douglas Lowenstein, president of the ESA, the trade group representing U.S. computer and video game publishers. "I'm confident the court will affirm our position given the rulings on similar statutes in other jurisdictions; indeed, the facts, the science, the law, and the U.S. Constitution have not changed since those decisions were handed down."
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That site rocks. I bounced the link to a bunch of my friends. In a way, I almost hope the ESA wins. Frankly, I have no problem with stores being fined for selling games with adult ratings to children (yes, the parents should be doing their job, but still.) But I also appreciate that if this law gets through, it can be used as precedent for a number of other laws which will eventually culminate into government regulation of media (except for all the Bush friendly news networks of course.) I hope the ESA does well.

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