The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), the nonprofit organization which represents gamers in the U.S. and Canada, has filed a 44-page amicus brief in support of the video game industry (and consumers… and sanity) with the U.S. Supreme Court this evening. You can grab the PDF here.
While there is a lot to sift through in this massive document, the most interesting point made on behalf of consumers is the following (taken from the arguments section):
"Video game consumers have First Amendment rights that must be protected from the state’s interference. The First Amendment protects a person’s right to choose what information or entertainment he or she wishes to receive, just as it protects a speaker’s or author’s right to speak or publish what he or she wishes to say. Stanley v. Georgia, 394 U.S. 557, 564 (1969). Without this corollary right, the marketplace of ideas would not work, as speakers and publishers would not have audiences with whom to transact."
Oral arguments for Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association are scheduled for November 2.
(I would like to personally thank every gamer that took the time to sign the ECA’s petition. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the game industry, it will be due in no small part to all of you.)
Disclosure: GamePolitics is a publication of the ECA.