The US Supreme Court is going to be taking up the case of Schwarzenegger v. Video Software Dealers Association, when it next meets in October. The case is centered around California's 2005 law that bans the sale or rental of mature rated games to minors. The law was ruled unconstitutional in 2007, but the state filed a Supreme Court appeal last year.
Historically, the legal system has taken a dim view of restrictions on violent content. Similar laws in Michigan, Washington, and Louisiana have been struck down as well. Governor Schwarzenegger has made it clear he still supports the law which he believes protects the well-being of children.
If the law is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court it's likely that the issue may finally be decided. Where do you come down? Should children be legally prohibited from buying or renting mature games?
The ratings that you find on television shows and movies could soon be applied to websites. These ratings would potentially be added in a bid to help police on the Internet and protect our young ones from potentially offensive material.
"The more we seek international solutions to this stuff -- the UK and the U.S. working together -- the more that an international norm will set an industry norm," said England’s Culture Secretary. However, it has also been mentioned that these film-style ratings would only be one possibility.
Internet service providers could also become a part of the scheme, as they may be forced to offer their services in helping to only show sites that would be suitable for children. Though, this looks like it could teeter on the edge of censorship, which would violate Americans’ freedom of speech.
Watch out boys, be sure and tread lightly with this one.