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Law of Public Communication 2012 Update,9780205831623

Law of Public Communication 2012 Update

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Updated in a new 8thedition, Law of Public Communication 2012, overview of media law provides students with analytical insight into contemporary legal issues which impact how communication professionals perform their jobs.   Principles of media law by presenting statutes, cases, and  recent legal developments   Mass Media Law Courses

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Public Communication and the Law

The Sources of Law

The Courts

The Litigation Process:  Civil and Criminal

Working with the Law

Limitations of Law


Chapter 2 The First Amendment

Theory of Freedom of Expression

Regulating Expression


Scope of the First Amendment: The Hierarchy of Protected Expression

Who Is Protected?


Chapter 3 Methods of Control

Prior Restraints and Post-publication Punishment

Content-Neutral Regulations


Chapter 4 Libel

Libel Terminology

The Plaintiff

The Plaintiff’s Burden of Proof

The Defendant’s Case

Preventing Libel Suits

Ideas for Reform


Chapter 5 Privacy and Personal Security

Private Facts

Intrusion and Trespass

False Light


Emotional Distress and Personal Injury


Chapter 6 Intellectual Property


Unfair Competition


Chapter 7 Political Speech

Referenda and Other Public Issues


Regulation of Political Candidate Broadcast Programming

Regulation of Public Issue Programming: The Fairness Doctrine

Lobbying: The Right to Petition


Chapter 8 Commercial Speech

First Amendment and Advertising

Unfair and Deceptive Advertising

Federal Remedies

Other Federal Regulations

Media’s Right to Refuse Advertising


Securities Transactions


Chapter 9 Obscenity and Indecency



Violent Pornography

Controlling Non-obscene Sexual Expression


Chapter 10 The Media and the Judiciary

Defining Jury Bias

Remedies for Prejudicial Publicity

Controlling Conduct in Court

Controlling Prejudicial Publicity

Voluntary Cooperation

Contempt Power


Chapter 11 Protection of News Sources, Notes, and Tape

Protection under the Common Law

Protection under the First Amendment

Protection under State Statutes

Protection under Federal Statutes and Regulations

Congressional Authority

Search Warrants

Breaching Confidentiality


Chapter 12 Access to Information

Access and the Constitution

Access to Events

Access to Records

Access to Meetings

Obtaining Access: A Final Word


Appendix A Finding and Reading the Law

Appendix B The First Fourteen Amendments to the Constitution



Case Index

Subject Index



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