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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    Gordon, 23 Jul 2009 @ 11:02am


    "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."

    I have to believe that you were one of those kids growing up that that threatened their parents to call child abuse if their parents hit them. Panty wastes. Granted I don't agree with actual child abuse. A good whoopin (as most call it in the south / actually from Boston myself) isn't all that bad.

    Now to your comment on the're a retard. If you spent the time actually listening to the song you'd understand what was being said and to whom. Father talking to his son about what he might expect for doing stupid crap. Or even talking back to him.

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