FOR RELEASE: June 27, 2011

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Arlington, Va., June 27, 2011 – Patrick Maines, president of The Media Institute, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association:

The Media Institute applauds the Supreme Court’s decision today in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, holding that video games qualify for First Amendment protection.  We heartily agree with the Court that “a legislature cannot create new categories of unprotected speech” and that California’s attempt “to create a wholly new category of content-based regulation” for speech aimed at children was “unprecedented and mistaken.”   This is an important victory for the First Amendment.