Video game makers and sellers are celebrating following today's Supreme Court ruling overturning California's ban on the sale or rental of violent game s to children.
The head of one industry group says video game s are entitled to the same protection as books, movies, music, and other expressive entertainment.
The high court agreed with a federal court 's decision to throw out California's ban on the sale or rental of violent video game s to minors.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento said the law violated minors' rights under the First and Fourteenth amendments.
The law would have prohibited the sale or rental of violent game s to anyone under 18.
Retailers who violated the act would have been fined up to $1,000 for each infraction.
The court on a 7-2 vote said the law was unconstitutional. More than 46 million American households have at least one video -game system, with the industry bringing in at least $18 billion in 2010.
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