Supreme Court Strikes Down California Video Game Law

July 11, 2011 -- 2:08 pm PDT

On June 28 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law in California that banned sales of violent video games to minors. The court's decision remains consistent with how the court has ruled under Chief Justice John Roberts, with freedom of speech almost always winning.

The video game law was first passed by the California legislature in 2005. It would have imposed a $1,000 fine on retailers selling or renting a video game that featured violent content to someone under 18, even though the video game industry has a highly effective rating system in place. The law was overturned in 2007 and in November 2010 the Supreme Court heard arguments on the case.

The Recording Academy has been active on this issue, signing on to an amicus brief with other groups that are also opposed to government censorship. To view the brief, click here.