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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association
Citation:564 U.S. 786 (2011)
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A California law prohibited the sale of “violent video games” to minors, and required the video games to carry a label marking that the games were intended for individuals over the age of 18. The video games at issue included depictions of violent and/or sexual acts, “if those acts [were] depicted” in a way that would lead a “reasonable person, considering the game as a whole” to appeal to “a deviant or morbid interest of minors,” that the content was “patently offensive to prevailing standards in the community as to what is suitable for minors,” and which “cause[d] the game, as a whole, to lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.” Violations carried a civil fine of up to $1,000. Respondents, who represented video-game and software industries, brought a pre-enforcement challenge to the law in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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