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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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Jul 2009 @ 2:58pm

    Haha, this is a text for one of his videos, he is a douche

    If you disable or delete this video, youtube, I'll just upload it at every other video site and send this video to all the news networks I can.

    Also, I'll post this message on their message boards.

    "I've only had my channel for 2 months now and it has 3,000+ views. In a year's time, my channel will be one of the more popular ones. However, I've recently gotten a "strike" on my youtube account. I think there's a bit of hypocrisy since you just featured a video: the "YouTube Time Capsule!" from a girl lacigreen. Her channel, if you hadn't noticed, also involves videos of a raunchy nature; including a video about orgasms. I'm copying this letter to as many message boards as I can. Thank you and goodnight."

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