Professor Volokh Comments on Sony Asking the Media to Stop Publishing Hacked Documents in Multiple Media Outlets

December 15, 2014 -- Professor Eugene Volokh commented on calls by Sony to the media to stop publishing hacked documents. He was interviewed by NBC Nightly News. His comments appear in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Variety.

View the NBC Nightly News story.

Professor Volokh was quoted in the Los Angeles Times.

Eugene Volokh, a 1st Amendment expert and UCLA law professor, said it was unlikely that Sony would be able to prevail against news organizations in court.

"Sony is obviously a big business," Volokh said. "It is an important business both to its stockholders and to the country in a sense because it has a significant impact on the culture of the country and how it is that business is done in Hollywood is something that I take is of considerable, legitimate public interest."

Read the Times article.

Professor Volokh's comments on the issue are also cited in a Washington Post article.

University of California at Los Angeles law professor Eugene Volokh explained in a blog post for The Washington Post that as long as media outlets don’t participate in stealing information, they are generally protected by the First Amendment if they use it in their reporting.

He was quoted in Variety.

Eugene Volokh, professor at the UCLA School of Law and author of the Volokh Conspiracy blog at the Washington Post, says that even though Boies didn’t define what a “public concern” is, Volokh sees some latitude for the media in this case because it involves a major corporation. He wrote on this issue Monday in a blog post.