Recently, Michigan has passed a law that would restrict the purchasing of video games containing certain violent content by minors. Civil and criminal penalties that could result in fines from $5,000 to $40,000 and up to 93 days of jail time would be implemented for retailers that violate the law.
Now, the industry has filed a lawsuit against the government arguing that the law is unconstitutional. "If this law is implemented, it will not only limit First Amendment rights for Michigan’s residents, but, by virtue of its vagueness, it will also create a huge amount of confusion for Michigan’s retailers, parents, and video game developers," argued Doug Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). "I’m confident the court will affirm our position give the rulings on similar statutes in other jurisdictions; indeed, the facts, the science, the law, and the US Constitution have not changed since those decisions were handed down."
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