Concept Week 11

Right to free speech: Difference between protections for political vs. commercial speech

For starters according to the Ohio State Bar Association “commercial speech” is a phrase that came from the U.S. Supreme  Court decision in 1942 when an owner of World War 1 vintage submarine brought a lawsuit against the City of New York when they said that he could not pass out flyers advertising tours of his Sub. They come up with the conciseness that commercial speech refers to speech that is either printed, broadcast or on the internet that advertises a product or service. Such things have caused the U.S Supreme Court to rule that “political speech” is speech that deals with issues of public interest or that of social concern. Thus political speech is entitled to full protection under the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution while commercial speech is given much less protection due to the fact that some material being shown on a commercial may be “false or misleading” .

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