Great Huffington Post Live Segment on the First Amendment and Corporations

June 5th, 2013

Mike Sacks continues to tear it up at HuffPo Live. Eugene Volokh, Elizabeth Wydra, and Allan Morrison engage in a very powerful discussion about the First Amendment rights for corporations.

Mike Sacks points out that these speech arguments are used to do an end-run around economic rights arguments. Mike asked Eugene about whether the search results delivered by a Google algorithm are constitutionally protected. Eugene said that the search results reflect the creative decisions of those who designed the algorithms, which are a means to communicate information tot hte public–even if the programmer did not hand-pick the data, but designed the program that did. Further, Eugene added that the First Amendment protects the listener, not just the speaker. More here.