@RainGnyu Do I have to be a part of the Sega development team? I have experience in the same field of work and have worked on projects that require a similar level of technical finesse. If I was living in Japan, I would have submitted an application to Sega as many of the skills they are looking currently for, such as experience in C++ and C#, I have.
I am not looking to strengthen any agenda nor exhibit any control over others. I am simply being vocal on a subject that I believe to be important. I have experience in the relevant technical skills needed to create a censorship toggle, hence why I say that it is not a feasible endeavor, especially when much of their developmental resources are going towards NGS.
As to the subject of the law, there was a Supreme Court case involving the Child Pornography Prevention Act, Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition. Within the final ruling, they stated:
The Act does not cover drawings, cartoons, sculptures, and paintings that depict youthful-looking persons in sexual poses; it supplies an affirmative defense to persons who disseminate visual depictions involving adults who may appear to be children, provided that the depictions are not promoted or presented as child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2252A(c) (Supp. V 1999); and the Act does not apply to visual materials in which sexually explicit conduct by children is understood to be taking place, as long as the sexually explicit conduct is not itself visually depicted.
This ruling gives a precedent that US law would not affect PSO2 if they included this scene. Furthermore, there are games such as Senran Kagura that depict minors in much more explicit situations that go by uncensored on most platforms. Furthermore, many animes are simulcasted in the west through services offered by Crunchy Roll, Funimation, and others. Many of those animes have characters under the age of majority by US standards compromised in explicit situations, yet they are not affected by US law.
These cases set a precedent that Sega does not have to worry about US laws affecting them should they remove the height censor and/or restore the removed story cutscene.
Furthermore, back around 15 years ago, when the Hot Coffee Mod for GTA: San Andreas was released, the game was reclassified by rating boards across the world because the sex scenes unlocked by the Hot Coffee Mod were actually within the game's files. Thus the cutscene that I have linked in my signature is already subject to review by the various rating boards and the law.
The scene itself is in no way illegal, thus I have not broken any laws or rules by posting a link to this cutscene that is included within the game's files.