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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    ToySouljah (profile), 23 Jul 2009 @ 6:59pm

    This guy has too much time on his hands.

    Wow, the guy does seem like a a--hole after watching a few of his videos. By the time this goes before a judge (which I doubt it will) his account will be active again unless he gets himself banned again (which I highly don't doubt). If he can be a little civil while playing, then he might not have to worry about Sony "like stealing" his money. Although, just to teach him a lesson, they should take it to court. After the judge and the attorneys present are done laughing at him, they can then hand him the bill for court and attorney's fees. Oh, and I hope he puts that on YouTube lol

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