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Mass. Mulls 'Games As Porn' Bill

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Posted March 17, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Massachusetts lawmakers are meeting to discuss a bill that would treat some videogames as pornography. The bill reads:

SECTION 1. Section 31 of Chapter 272 of the General Laws, as 2 appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by 3 deleting the definition “Harmful to Minors” inserting the following 4 new definition:— 5 “Harmful to minors”, matter is harmful to minors if it is obscene 6 or, if taken as a whole, it (1) describes or represents nudity, sexual 7 conduct or sexual excitement, so as to appeal predominantly to the 8 prurient interest of minors; (2) depicts violence in a manner patently 9 offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community, so as to 10 appeal predominantly to the morbid interest in violence of minors; 11 (3) is patently contrary to prevailing standards of adults in the 12 county where the offense was committed as to suitable material for 13 such minors; and (4) lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scien14 tific value for minors.”

SECTION 2. Said Section 31 of Chapter 272, as so appearing, is 2 hereby further amended by inserting in the definition of “Visual 3 Material” after the word “videotape”, the following:— “interactive 4 media,”.

The bill is similar to a Jack Thompson sponsored bill that was declared unconstitutional in Louisiana.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has advocates the bill, and the main legislative sponsor is Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, a democrat.

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