What IF: Gaming, Intellectual Freedom and the Law

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Presenter: Katherine Fallow (Jenner & Block)

Description: Video games are under scrutiny around the country as some parents and special interest groups raise concerns about the topics and themes contained in some games. Some groups call for laws regulating access to games based on their content; others advocate for an outright ban on violent games. Several states have passed laws restricting minors’ access to “violent” video games, but every such law has been invalidated by the courts under the First Amendment.

These organizations and individuals are likely to turn their attention to libraries as libraries begin to add games to their collections. Join us for a presentation on applying intellectual freedom principles to games and gaming activities, and a discussion about video games and the First Amendment. We’ll discuss recent court decisions addressing minors’ access to video games, the legal status of game ratings, and policy developments.

Intended Audiences:

  • Administrators and others who hold the purse strings and approve policies
  • Technology librarians
  • Youth librarians


  • Public libraries
  • School libraries

Listen to an MP3 audio file of this session (42M, 46:15)

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