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Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Fed Appeals Court Rules Video Games Are Free Speech
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis today overturned an ordinance passed by the St. Louis city council in 2000 which limited childern's access to violent or sexually explicit video games, stating that the ordinance was unconstitutional. See AP story, via the Kansas City Star.
In April 2002, U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh rejected a request by a video game industry group to invalidate the ordinance.

But the appeals court ruled there was no justification for disqualifying video games from the right to free speech simply because they are considered interactive.

"Whether we believe the advent of violent video games adds anything to value of society is irrelevant; guided by the first amendment, we are obliged to recognize that 'they are as much entitled to the protection of free speech as the best of literature,'" Judge Morris S. Arnold wrote.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 10:02 PM |

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