Press Release: Interactive Entertainment Organizations File Brief in Support of Video Games’ First Amendment Rights to Supreme Court20 Sep 2010
AIAS and IGDA File a Joint Amicus Brief in Defense of Members’ Freedom of Expression
CALABASAS, Calif. and WASHINGTON, DC, September 20, 2010 – The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and International Game Developers Association (IGDA) today announced that the two organizations have collaborated in submitting to the U.S. Supreme Court an amicus brief in support of upholding federal trial court and appellate court rulings that a California statute is unconstitutional, and that video games are a constitutionally protected form of expression. The AIAS, the professional video games organization advancing the awareness of the artistic value of its interactive entertainment community, and IGDA, a professional organization serving game developers, provided in its brief background and information of today’s expressive, complex video games and argued that overturning the lower court decisions and upholding the California statute would undermine its members’ freedom of expression. Oral arguments will take place November 2, 2010 at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. for the case, Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association and Entertainment Software Association.
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