The US Supreme Court has agreed to meet with the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) to discuss the depiction of violence in video games in relation to the upcoming Schwarzenegger v. EMA case. “Video games are an expressive medium that should be protected by the First Amendment. There is nothing exceptional about video games’ interactivity that should preclude the Court finding that they are protected artistic expressions,” said Jennifer Mercurio, Vice President and General Counsel of the ECA.
Above: The Supreme Court will decide if video games should be protected artistic expressions
If the Supreme Court agrees with the federal court’s decision in regards to Schwarzenegger v. EMA, video games will enjoy First Amendment protected speech, like books, movies and music. However, if the court disagrees, the ECA believes that this could lead to ‘new bills and laws curtailing video game access in states across the country.
The Entertainment Merchants Association has a good FAQ, detailing the Schwarzenegger v. EMA case, here. If you’d like to sign the ECA’s online petition, you can find it here.
Sep 20, 2010