The American Civil Liberties Union, The National Coalition Against Censorship and The National Youth Rights Association join together to submit a friend of the court brief in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association et al. View the brief here.

The brief challenges a California law designed to prevent minors from purchasing “violent video games.”  The law requires that any violent video game “that is imported into or distributed in California for retail sale” be labeled with a two inch by two inch label marked “18.” Cal. Civ. Code § 1746.2 (2006). No person may then “sell or rent” a game with that label to a person under eighteen.

For an excellent commentary about the argument, read NCAC Advisory Council member Marjorie Hein’s article “Of Liberals and Conservatives: Using ‘Common Sense’ to Censor Video Games.”