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File #: Int 0060-2004    Version: * Name: Commercial display of video or computer games.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Consumer Affairs
On agenda: 2/4/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the commercial display of video or computer games.
Sponsors: Eric N. Gioia, Gale A. Brewer, Letitia James, Margarita Lopez, Lewis A. Fidler
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Hearing Transcript

Int. No. 60

 

By Council Members Gioia, Brewer, James, Lopez and Fidler

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the commercial display of video or computer games.

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section One. Legislative Findings and Intent. The Council finds that the Entertainment Software Rating Board, the video game industry’s self-regulating body, has created an independent and voluntary content-based rating system for video and computer games; the ratings established by the Entertainment Software Rating Board are printed on the games’ packaging and included in advertisements. The Council finds that video or computer games that are intended for consumers who are at least seventeen years of age are rated as ‘Mature’ or ‘Adults Only.’

The Council further finds that video or computer games receive such ratings due to strong language or expressions of violence, sexual activity or substance abuse. Accordingly, the Council finds a compelling governmental interest in ensuring that video games that depict such content and which are intended to be sold to consumers who are at least seventeen years of age are clearly identifiable at the point of sale.

§2. Chapter 4 of title 20 of the administrative code of the city of New York is hereby created by adding a new subchapter 12 to read as follows: 

SUBCHAPTER 12

 

COMMERCIAL DISPLAY OF VIDEO OR COMPUTER GAMES

 

                     § 20-698 Definitions.  For the purposes of this subchapter,

(i)                     "violent video or computer game" means an interactive video or computer game that has received a rating of ‘mature’ or ‘adults only’ from the Entertainment Software Rating Board or is otherwise identified, through the use of labels or markings on its packaging, as containing strong language or expressions of violence, sexual activity or substance abuse; and

(ii)                     "person" means any natural person, corporation, partnership, firm, organization, association or other legal entity.

§ 20-699 Restrictions on game placement; identification of violent video games; display of rating system. a. Any person who sells, rents or offers to sell or rent violent video or computer games shall locate such games in a display, container, or other space that is physically separated from all other video or computer games. 

b. Any person who sells, rents or offers to sell or rent violent video or computer games shall conspicuously identify such games at the point of display and shall indicate that such games are only intended for consumers who are at least seventeen years of age.

c. Any person who sells, rents or offers to sell or rent any video or computer game must conspicuously post, at the point of display, a list of the current rating system for video and computer games and a clear description of each rating included therein.

§20-699.1 Penalties. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be liable for a civil penalty of not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for the first violation and for each succeeding violation a civil penalty of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars. For the purposes of paragraph a of section 20-699, each placement of a single violent video game in a display, container, or other space that is not physically separated from all other video or computer games shall constitute a separate violation. For the purposes of paragraph b of section 20-699, each day that violent video or computer games are displayed without proper description shall constitute a separate violation. For the purposes of paragraph c of section 20-699, each day that video or computer game ratings and descriptions are not conspicuously displayed shall constitute a separate violation. 

§3.  This local law shall take effect 60 days after it is enacted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LS #’s 166 & 167

1/28/2004 4:49 PM

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