ILLINOIS STATUTE RESTRICTING THE DISTRIBUTION OF VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES TO CHILDREN STRUCK DOWN BY THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

The State of Illinois attempted to pass two bills that would place restrictions on the purchase of very violent and sexually explicit video games by children. These attempts were met with opposition from the multi-billion dollar video game industry, which has challenged these bills in court. So far, courts interpreting the Illinois law have found that its legislative restrictions placed on the use of video games by minors are unconstitutional as they are contrary to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What claims were made by the video game industry in its application to strike down the proposed Act?
What were the main arguments presented by the State of Illinois in support of the Act?
What were the main findings and conclusions of the courts?

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