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Statement on California filing in the U.S. Supreme Court Case to Review the State's Law Regulating Computer and Video Games
July 12, 2010 – Washington, DC – The following statement was issued today by Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers, in response to California’s filing in the United States Supreme Court case Schwarzenegger v. EMA/Entertainment Software Association.
“Computer and video games are First Amendment protected speech. There is an unbroken chain of more than a dozen previous court rulings agreeing. Courts across the country recognize that computer and video games, like other protected expression such as movies, books, and music, have an artistic viewpoint, and use sounds and images to create an experience and immerse the player in art. That is why other courts have unanimously affirmed that video games are entitled to the same constitutional protection as movies, music, books, and other forms of art.
“California’s law is no different than others before it. It is clearly unconstitutional under First Amendment principles. We look forward to presenting our arguments in the Supreme Court of the United States and vigorously defending the works of our industry’s creators, storytellers and innovators.”