Free Speech Protects Video Game Strip Club: Court

Law360, New York (November 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech extends to digital parodies of strip clubs, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled in a case involving the popular “Grand Theft Auto” series of video games.

The court ruled Wednesday that Rockstar Games Inc. was within its rights to include as part of its “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” game a strip club called the “Pig Pen,” which apes the appearance and signage of the real PlayPen Gentleman's Club in Los Angeles.

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