Judge: Chicago Transit Authority Cannot Ban VG Ads

January 8, 2010 -

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has won a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) over the banning of advertisements for adult-rated videogames.

An ordinance (008-147) that took effect in January of 2009 prohibited any advertisement that “markets or identifies a video or computer game rated ‘Mature 17+’ (M) or ‘Adults Only 18+’ (AO).”  The ESA argued that such a ban unconstitutionally “restricts speech in a public forum that is otherwise open to all speakers without a compelling interest for doing so.”

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted the ESA an injunction, with Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer stating:

…the advertisements the CTA wishes to ban promote expression that has constitutional value and implicates core First Amendment concerns.

The ESA further challenged that the CTA ordinance is redundant since videogame-related marketing is already regulated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) Advertising Review Council.

ESA President Michael Gallagher was obviously pleased:

This ruling is a win for Chicago's citizens, the video game industry and, above all, the First Amendment. It is our hope that the CTA sees the futility of pursuing this case further. To do so will waste taxpayer money and government resources.


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Re: Judge: Chicago Transit Authority Cannot Ban VG Ads

This is not suprising but it should be known that unlike restriction of game sales or censorship of games in general Advertisments are commercial Speech and only an intermediate level of scrutiny is needed to justify a ban or restriction rather then strict scrutiny. So cases like this could be easier for the nanny-state to win but I still think they would fail.

 "No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

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Jack who? (heh)

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Wonder what Jack will have to say about this?

He'll probably do to Judge Pallmeyer what he tried to do to Judge Tunis. What's the betting on how bad his FAIL will be?

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Re: Judge: Chicago Transit Authority Cannot Ban VG Ads

Is he doing anything lately other than pretending he was never disbarred?

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Heh, who cares?

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Meh, who knows?

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Hooray for free speech!   Yay!


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Meanwhile, somewhere in Miami...

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the First Amendment triumph once again.  But I'm not sure if JT is going to be apying attention to what's going on. 

 

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I remembered how I did it.

EDIT: In hindsight, I realize I should have used Wolf's pic to do the joke right.

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This avacado adds nothing to the conversation.

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BRILLIANT!

Also,

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BRILLIANT use of Darth Vader! This is a victory for the gaming industry for sure.

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Re: Judge: Chicago Transit Authority Cannot Ban VG Ads

Sure they can if they ban ALL M/R rated ads(or ads for adults only procudts can consume)


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Re: Judge: Chicago Transit Authority Cannot Ban VG Ads

I guess some conservative out there is penning the obligatory "activist judges" response with the now-required "the Founding Fathers never intended this filth to be thrust upon children" lines.

 

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...If this was in Chicago...wouldn't it have probably been some batshit-insane Democrat/liberal that wanted the ads banned?

Note that I'm not trying to imply that conservatives don't, just that in this case it probably would've been people of the "Hillary Clinton" persuasion that want to "protect teh childrenz."

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Re: Judge: Chicago Transit Authority Cannot Ban VG Ads

Excellent.  Who gets to break the news to our friend Jack?  (I call dibsies if no one else already has!)

 
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