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Washington's "Videogame Violence Law" Blocked By Court

Today a federal judge in Washington state blocked the enforcement of the "videogame violence law,"
a bill that was to take effect July 27th which would have restricted the sale of violent games to minors. The injunction was ordered by U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik, because the judge felt the plaintiffs had "raised serious questions regarding the constitutionality of [the law]". According to the bill, violators who sold a game depicting violence against "law enforcement officers" to anyone under 17 years of age could have been fined $500. The IDSA and IGDA joined the lawsuit with co-plaintiffs the Washington Retail Association, the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA), the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA), the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), and Hollywood Video. Nevertheless, the case is expected to go to trial.

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