Jack Thompson Bullies Take Two Over Age Verification

Jack Thompson Bullies Take Two Over Age Verification

The legal settlement between Take Two Interactive and Jack Thompson stated clearly that Mr. Thompson " will not communicate to Take Two or anyone doing business with T2 any accusation that the company committed any wrongdoing by selling its games", but it looks like our not-so-popular attorney could not stand such terms.

Jack Thompson has forwarded an email exchange between him and Take Two to Game Politics website. In this email-conversation Thompson accuses Take Two of selling Mature games to kids. "Asking a 14-year-old if he's 17 is not age verification, now is it?", Jack Thompson wrote. "You also know that the use of a bank card as an age verifier is a violation of all bank card agreements, right?" Take Two's response simply was that both methods are " industry and government accepted forms of age verification".

The full email exchange is listed below, but notice that those emails were released by Jack Thompson one part at a time and then they were stitched together. Take Two refused to comment, and so we are not sure if Mr. Thompson provided the complete email-conversation transcript or kept some parts for himself. Email addresses, CCs and signatures have been stripped off for privacy and readability.

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From: Jack Thompson
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 4:55 PM
Subject: Letter to Take-Two's Strauss Zelnick, Ben Feder Re Manhunt 2
Dear Mr. Zelnick and Mr. Feder:
Congratulations on receiving a "Mature" rating for Manhunt 2. You'll live to regret it (trust me), so enjoy it while you can.
I want to bring to your attention the fact that at www.rockstargames.com anyone of any age can order Manhunt 2 and receive it, with no age verification whatsoever. Asking a 14-year-old if he's 17 is not age verification, now is it?
You also know that the use of a bank card as an age verifier is a violation of all bank card agreements, right?
Govern yourselves accordingly, if you can.
Regards, Jack Thompson
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From: Gena Feist
To: Jack Thompson
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 2:47 PM
Subject: FW: Letter to Take-Two's Strauss Zelnick, Ben Feder Re Manhunt 2
Mr. Thompson,Your statements regarding our practices are false, as you know or should have known.
The Take Two website verifies age in two ways. First, consumers who purchase M or RP rated games certify that they are at least 17 years of age. Numerous websites use the same method for verifying age in connection with sales of movies and games. Second, we verify age through the use of a credit card number in connection with a transaction. Such transaction based verification is acceptable to both credit card companies and the FTC (see, e.g. https://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.shtm ).
We demand that you cease making these false statements about our online sales practices. Your dissemination of knowingly false statements for the purpose of adversely affecting Take-Two's business is actionable and we reserve all of our rights under the settlement agreement and state and federal law.
Not only are your statements clearly false, but they were made in an email publicly disseminated to both the FTC and the press. Please be assured that I am happy to answer any questions you have concerning our practices in a private communications. It is for this very reason that our settlement agreement designates a legal contact for you at Take Two.
If you continue to make false statements to an audience of press and public officials, however, we will have no choice but to take action against you.
Sincerely,
Gena
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From: Jack Thompson
To: Gena Feist (T2 NY)
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 3:39 PM
Subject: Re: Letter to Take-Two's Strauss Zelnick, Ben Feder Re Manhunt 2
As you should be aware, credit cards cannot be used to verify the age of buyers. Kids have credit cards, and they use parents' credit cards. You have then got to be kidding me.
Take-Two is welcome to use age verification software that is available for on-line alcohol, firearm and other purchases of adult material. Stop lying.
Thanks
Jack Thompson, Attorney
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From: "Gena Feist (T2 NY)"
To: "Jack Thompson"
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 5:30 PM
Subject: RE: Letter to Take-Two's Strauss Zelnick, Ben Feder Re Manhunt 2
Jack, give it a break. I am happy to answer your questions and correct any misapprehensions that you have but I will not engage in this type of discussion with you. I am not a liar, I didn't threaten you, and I wont get roped into this type of dialogue. Don't bother writing back because I will not answer any further communications along these lines.
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From: Jack Thompson
To: Gena Feist
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 5:28 PM
Subject: Re: Letter to Take-Two's Strauss Zelnick, Ben Feder Re Manhunt 2
Surely you are not taking the position that I am not allowed to communicate with the government about Take-Two's actions, are you? If you are, then please know that that position renders the agreement unenforceable as a matter of public policy, since the law is settled that no agreement that restricts a citizen's petition rights to the government is enforceable.
Are you seriously suggesting that an agreement that does not restrict me in that fashion does restrict me? Becasue [sic] if you are, then I have a new civil rights claim agains [sic] Take-Two.
Jack Thompson
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From: Gena Feist
To: "Jack Thompson"
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 5:20 PM
Subject: Re: Letter to Take-Two's Strauss Zelnick, Ben Feder Re Manhunt 2
Jack,
I appreciate that you directed this message to me alone. In regards to your comments below, I understand that you disagree with the use of a credit card transaction as age verification but it is accepted by the FTC and the retail industry as verification of age.
You are on notice that we use two industry and government accepted forms of age verification. Please do not repeat your false claims publicly or make claims that I/the company are lying about this matter.
We entered into the settlement agreement because we did not want to engage in unnecessary litigation with you, but I assure you that we will enforce the terms of the agreement if necessary and that any suit will include a claim for our legal fees under paragraph 11.
Sincerely,
Gena
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From: "Jack Thompson"
To: "Gena Feist (T2 NY)"
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 6:17 PM
Subject: Re: Letter to Take-Two's Strauss Zelnick, Ben Feder Re Manhunt 2
What is wrong with you? You threaten me with enforcement of the agreement, and I ask you how I have violated it. Are you nuts?
Jack Thompson, Attorney
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