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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    Rob, 23 Jul 2009 @ 9:13am

    Excuse me
    First amendment?
    Son, the first amendment protects you from the government
    Not from me
    You can say whatever you want to out there
    You come within reach of me
    I'll exercise my right to give you a good ol' country ass whoopin'
    Is what I'll do for you

    Umm... we have the right to assault people for saying things that we don't like now? Funny, I always just thought that I had the right to, you know, not listen to things I don't like. I hate this mentality, Trace Adkins should go back to the trailer park and stop spouting non-sense like this. Sure, he has the right, but that doesn't make him any less of a backwoods, hillbilly, incestuous moron.

    Oh, and the PS3 kid is a retard.

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