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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    Mikael (profile), 23 Jul 2009 @ 6:11pm

    Only a month ban and his name isn't Erik Estavillo

    I found the guy's youtube account where he posted a video he recorded of a conversation with a sony rep about the ban. It's only a month ban. He also gives his full name, phone number, and email address. By the way, his name isn't Erik Estavillo like the reports are saying it is. He gives the rep a totally different name (unless that's the fake which I doubt). His youtube account is littered with videos of him trash talking other players and harassing females in Home for PS3. It's no wonder he got banned. DPMVincint19 on youtube by the way in case you want to see the douche in action.

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