This topic is in regard to an age restriction policy enforced by Electronic Arts where content within certain games may be restricted to minors under the age of 13 years. This has been further substantiated by EA's Terms of Service agreement where players me be at least 13 years of age to create an EA account in order to play games that require a persistent internet connection.
One such game affected by this policy is Plants vs. Zombies - Battle for Neighborville which has an ERSB rating of E10+ such that it is recommended for players 10 years of age and older.
EA's customer service continues to quote COPA as the basis for the age restriction for this game.
The Child Online Protection Act (COPA) was a law in the United States of America, passed in 1998 with the declared purpose of restricting access by minors to any material defined as harmful to such minors on the Internet. The law, however, never took effect, as three separate rounds of litigation led to a permanent injunction against the law on January 21, 2009 when the United States Supreme Court refused to hear appeals of the lower court decision, effectively shutting down the law.
The resolution to this issue is for Electronic Arts to update it’s age restriction policy to properly correspond with the ERSB rating of each game being played.
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