Gamer Says Sony Violated His 1st Amendment Rights By Banning Him

from the that's-not-how-it-works dept

It's amazing how badly some people misunderstand the First Amendment. It only limits the government from passing laws that limit your free expression (with certain exceptions). It has nothing to do with what a private company or individual can do. In other words, it's not a right to say whatever you want with no consequence. So, I doubt that the following lawsuit will get very far. Apparently a video gamer is suing Sony saying it violated his First Amendment rights by banning him from the PlayStation 3 game "Resistance" for something he apparently said while talking to other players (found via Digg). But, of course, as a private company and not the government, Sony has every right to ban whoever they want, for a wide variety of reasons. So, kids, remember, the First Amendment isn't a right to say whatever you want without getting kicked off of a video game system for being annoying.

Filed Under: ban, first amendment, free speech, video game
Companies: sony


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    Dark Helmet (profile), 23 Jul 2009 @ 6:19am

    Other idiotic sayings

    "Apparently a video gamer is suing Sony saying it violated his First Amendment rights by banning him from the PlayStation 3 game "Resistance" for something he apparently said while talking to other players"

    This smack of all those times in my life when people have tried to explain away doing REALLY stupid and/or selfish things (refusing to get the hell out of the doorway on the subway, stopping for no apparent reason in the middle of the sidewalk in downtown Chicago, putting ketchup on a hot dog) by saying "Hey, it's a free country."

    To which I usually respond, "Then watch me freely shove you out of the way and laugh at the ironic joke-name I.P. Freely as I urinate on your head, all in an effort to get to work on time so that I can check out Techdirt...and also so that ketchup, a condiment that belongs on fries and that's about it, shall never touch another encased meat again".

    Christ, I'm going to end up with an ulser, I know it....

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