Second Class for the Second Time: How the Commercial Speech Doctrine Stigmatizes Commercial Use of Aggregated Public Records Academic Article uri icon


  • This Article argues that access to aggregated electronic public records for commercial use should receive protection under the First Amendment in the same measure as the speech acts the access supports. In other words, we view commercial access to aggregated public records as an essential means to valuable speech. For many, however, the taint of the commercial speech doctrine is turning all “information flows” into commercial ones. This, in turn, is threatening the access to government records.

published proceedings

  • South Carolina law review

author list (cited authors)

  • Larson, B. N., & Belmas, G. I

complete list of authors

  • Larson, Brian N||Belmas, Genelle I

publication date

  • July 2007