Protecting Protected Speech: Why Schwarzenegger Must Terminate Violent Video Game Legislation

30 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2011  

Christopher J. Clements

Boston College Law Review

Date Written: April 11, 2011

Abstract

This Note argues that current and future efforts to regulate violent video games should and will continue to fail constitutional scrutiny. Legislators should instead focus on mandating that video game developers and retailers participate in the exceedingly successful Entertainment Software Rating Board (“ESRB”) rating system. The upcoming Supreme Court decision Entertainment Merchants Association v. Schwarzenegger provides the Court with the opportunity to clarify the role of government in shielding children from objectionable media and where, if at all, violent video games fit into obscenity jurisprudence.

Suggested Citation

Clements, Christopher J., Protecting Protected Speech: Why Schwarzenegger Must Terminate Violent Video Game Legislation (April 11, 2011). Boston College Law Review, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1929973

Christopher J. Clements (Contact Author)

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