Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Supreme Court sides with NYRA in Video Game case

From the National Youth Rights Association News Feed:

One of the most important campaigns NYRA has undertaken this year has finally ended. And ended the right way - in victory.

Today the US Supreme Court ruled that young people have a right to free speech that extends even to violent video games. States, such as California, cannot ban the sale of video games to young people, no matter how violent. In a forcefully worded 7-2 decision, Justice Scalia wrote a bold, unequivocal decision upholding the rights of young people to legally buy violent games.

Read the full decision here.

This is a historic Supreme Court decision which will be studied for decades and perhaps centuries to come. NYRA is proud to have played a pivotal role in this case. Together with our partners at the ACLU and the National Coalition Against Censorship we submitted an amicus brief to the Court laying out our case for free speech. Our brief cited young gamers themselves, including quotes we solicited on our blog about the political, cultural and artistic merits of video games. NYRA stayed true to our ideals of bringing the voice of young people to those in power. Read our amicus brief here.

Also, on November 2, during the oral argument of the case, NYRA organized a rally in front of the Supreme Court for Free Speech, Video Games and Youth Suffrage (as it was also election day). Check out info on the rally here.

This is a proud day for all supporters of free speech and youth rights.

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