The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a controversial California law that banned the sale of violent video games to minors. The High Court found that “a legislature cannot create new categories of unprotected speech simply by weighing the value of a particular category against its social costs and then punishing it if it fails the test.” The debate dates back to October 2005, when then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed California bill AB 1179 into law. It imposed a civil fine up to $1,000 on any person who distributed a violent video game in California without including a label that said it was for those 18 and over, or for selling or renting such games to minors. The video game industry sued, and a federal district court ruled that the law violated the First Amendment. The battle continued, however, making its way to the Supreme Court. In the High Court’s Monday ruling, Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan concurred. Justice Alito and Chief Justice Roberts concurred with the judgment but not the approach, while Justices Thomas and Breyer dissented. In its majority opinion, the Court found that California wanted “to create a wholly new category of content-based regulation that is… Read full this story
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