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 @ 6:39pm

    In one of his youtube videos where he's showing his room, he talks about how he wants to be like The Joker from The Dark Knight movie....he even says he'll probably become a serial killer and was serious about it. I don't think he should even be playing a game like Resistance. He talks about some of the meds he on (though he mentions the same one twice using alternate names O_o) and someone on those meds is not stable. I was on one of them for a sleeping disorder, but if he has panic attacks and aggoraphobia, he's on the meds for their main purpose. To control schzophrenia and bipolar mania.

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