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Upton Reintroduces 'Video Game Decency Act'

Upton Reintroduces 'Video Game Decency Act'

March 20, 2007 | By Jason Dobson

March 20, 2007 | By Jason Dobson
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Michigan Republican representative Fred Upton, who was an outspoken proponent of punishing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas developer Rockstar and publishing label Take-Two over the now infamous 'Hot Coffee' controversy, has reintroduced his 'Video Game Decency Act' originally submitted in 2006 to the U.S. House Of Representatives.

Upton's newly proposed H.R. 1531, titled the 'Video Game Decency Act of 2007', was drafted by Upton in order to “prohibit deceptive acts and practices” on the part of developers and publishers in an effort to benefit from a less restrictive ESRB rating.

The act mirrors similar legislation proposed by the senator in 2006, which, according to a report from gaming legislation news site GamePolitics, expired with the close of the 109th Congress.

According to the wording of the bill, any failing to disclose video game content “with the intent of obtaining a less restrictive age-based content rating” will be treated as an “unfair or deceptive act or practice affecting commerce” as judged by the Federal Trade Commission Act.

Upton once again introduced the legislation with the assistance of Illinois Democrat, representative Bobby Rush, which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

When the original bill was introduced in 2006, Upton explained that it was designed to “restore parents’ trust in a system in which game makers had previously done an end-run around the process to deliver violent and pornographic material to our kids.”

[UPDATE: 03/21/07 - Clarified that this bill was introduced to the U.S. House Of Representatives, and is not a Michigan-specific bill.]


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