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Nassau County New York Mandates ESRB Ratings Signage

Categories: Child Sale RestrictionsGame RatingsNew LawsRetail Sales

Following both the States of Georgia and Washington, New York State county, Nassau, enacted a law requiring video game retailers to post signs explaining the ERSB rating system.

Source: GamePolitics.com

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British Energy Conservation Law Could Thwart Wii’s Always-On Feature

Categories: New Laws

A new British law requires standby features of appliances to be slashed from product designs. Apparently 8% of the UK’s energy each year is consumed by standby devices. The WiiConnect 24 feature keeps the Wii turned on 24/7 in a low power state in order for Wii friends to be able to phone the users Wii and for the Wii to phone home to receive automatic updates etc.
 
Sources: Club Skill  |  GamePolitics.com  |  Joystiq

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Louisiana Passes Second Video Games Bill – with ESA Support

Categories: New LawsSexuality Cases

Text of Law (SB 340)
Shortly after passing the more controversial, violent game bill (HB 1381), Louisiana has enacted a law, SB 340, that extends the state’s current list of sexually explicit material considered “harmful to minors” to be inclusive of video games in the same way the law extends to pornographic videos, books and magazines. Because the definition of “harmful to minors” deals exclusively with sexually explicit and not “violent” content, the bill will not be contested by the Entertainment Software Association.

Sources: GameIndustry.biz | GameSpot | GamePolitics | Next Generation | GameDaily.biz | Digital Lifestyle | Gamasutra

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Schwarzenegger Signs Game-Restriction Bill

Categories: New LawsViolent Game Law Cases

Text of Bill
The bill, which comes into force in January 2006, bans the sale or rental of “violent video games” to minors

Sources: Gamespot | Gamasutra | Governor Schwarzenegger’s Press Release
Click Here to Listen to GamePolitic’s October 10, 2005 interview of California Assembly Speaker pro Tem, Leland Yee, about the bill.

GamePolitics Full Coverage Of California’s Violent Video Game Law

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Michigan Governor Signs Violent Games Bill, ESA Files Suit

Categories: New LawsViolent Game Law Cases

The Entertainment Software Association, the video game industry trade body, has filed suit against the new Michigan law that makes it illegal to sell or rent violent games to those under 17.

Sources: Gamasutra | Next Generation | ESA Press Release

GamePolitics Full Coverage Of Michigan’s Violent Video Game Law

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Illinois Passes Violent & Explicit-Game Law, ESA Files Suit

Categories: New LawsViolent Game Law Cases

Illinois Governor Rod. R. Blagojevich has signed into law the Safe Games Illinois Act, which prohibits the sale of violent and sexually explicit games to minors. The act was approved in May by the legislature, and has now been made official.

Sources: Gamasutra | 1Up.com | Gamespot | Illinois Governor’s Press Release | ESA Press Release

GamePolitics Full Coverage of Illinois Game Law

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Japanese Prefecture Restricts Grand Theft Auto Sales

Categories: Child Sale RestrictionsNew LawsRetail Sales

Officials from the Japanese prefecture (an organisation of local government roughly equivalent to a U.S. state) of Kanagawa have banned stores from selling or renting the game Grand Theft Auto III to anyone under the age of 18.

Sources: Gamasutra | Capcom’s June 8 Response

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Manitoba to Restrict Video Game Rentals to Minors

Categories: Child Sale RestrictionsGame RatingsNew LawsRetail SalesViolent Game Laws

Under the new Manitoba law, a retailer who sells or rents a video game marked Adults Only to anyone under 18 can be hit with a fine of $5,000. Games marked Mature, such as the Grand Theft Auto titles, will not be available to anyone under 17.

Sources:
CTV | Fradical.com | Manitoba Press Release

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Sony Plans New Legal Challenge to Mod Chips in Australia

Categories: Modding CasesNew LawsPolice ActionsRegion Coding Cases

Changes to copyright laws in Australia to implement its free trade agreement with the United States have opened the door for a fresh legal challenge to mod chips, according to Sony Computer Entertainment Australia, which has instructed its lawyers to prepare a new case against the devices.

Source: GameIndustry.biz

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New Ontario Video Game Retail Sales Law

Categories: Child Sale RestrictionsGame RatingsNew LawsPolice ActionsRetail SalesViolent Game Laws

On March 7, 2005, the Ontario Film Review Board adopted the ESRB classifications. As a result it is now an offence to sell, rent or publicly exhibit video and computer games classified as “Mature” or “Adults Only” to persons apparently under the age of 18 years. If convicted, individuals may face up to $25,000 in fines or imprisonment for a term of not more than one year or both. Corporations are liable for fines up to $100,000.

Sources: GamePolitics.com | Fradical.com | Ontario Film Review Board Press Release

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