[NetBehaviour] NYT: (Copyright) “Is Google like Gas or Like Steel?” Neither, it is like Nernst’s Third Law of Thermodynamics (or the Nicene Creed…

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Sun Jan 6 18:37:45 CET 2013

On 06/01/13 02:35, michael gurstein wrote:
> *From:*Dave Farber [mailto:dave at farber.net]
> *Sent:* Friday, January 04, 2013 5:35 AM
> *To:* ip
> *Subject:* [IP] Google’s Lawyers Work Behind the Scenes to Carry the Day
> - NYTimes.com
> http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/opinion/is-google-like-gas-or-like-steel.html?_r=0
> ---------------------------------------------
> I've blogged about this:
> /I’m wondering though whether the issue concerning Google is rather
> misplaced when included under matters concerning free speech/free
> expression. Whether a search algorithm propelling a robotic process of
> information selection would be covered by free speech “rights” is
> something for legal scholars to ponder at their leisure./

But "robots" don't decide to speak, the people that create them do. 
Anonymous's DDOS attacks, Facebook likes for controversial causes, and 
Generative Art are all affected by this.

A more useful line in US law is between protected and commercial speech.



- Rob.

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