Los Angeles, CA asked in Gaming for California

Q: Friends of mine argue that AB 2571 california is the cause todays video games can no longer have real weapon names.

Is this true? That it only applies to video game developers based in california.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: AB 2571, passed in California, primarily focuses on advertising or marketing firearms to minors, not specifically on video game content. While this law might impact how firearms are advertised or marketed, it doesn't directly dictate the use of real weapon names in video games.

The decision by video game developers, whether based in California or elsewhere, to use or not use real weapon names in their games could be influenced by various factors. These might include licensing issues, brand partnerships, or creative choices rather than direct legal restrictions from AB 2571.

It's important to understand that laws impacting video game content can be complex and involve considerations beyond just a single state law. If you're involved in game development or related industries, staying informed about relevant laws and how they might impact your work is crucial. For specific legal concerns, consulting with an attorney who has expertise in intellectual property and entertainment law would provide more tailored guidance.

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