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The most current developments in media law
Middleton and Lee’s overview of media law includes the most current legal developments affecting the daily work of writers, broadcasters, advertisers, cable operators, Internet service providers, public relations practitioners, photographers, and other public communicators. By presenting statutes and cases in a cohesive manner that is understandable, even to students studying law for the first time, the authors ensure that students will acquire a firm grasp of the legal issues affecting the media.
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Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:
- Understand the legal issues affecting the media today
- Understand the dynamic changes in electronic communication
Table of Contents
Chapter 2: The First Amendment
Chapter 3: Methods of Control
Chapter 4: Libel
Chapter 5: Privacy
Chapter 6: Intellectual Property
Chapter 7: Political Speech
Chapter 8: Commercial Speech
Chapter 9: Obscenity and Indecency
Chapter 10: The Media and the Judiciary
Chapter 11: Protection of News Sources, Notes, and Recordings
Chapter 12: Access to Information
The Sources of Law
The Litigation Process: Civil and Criminal
Working with the Law
Limitations of Law
Theory of Freedom of Expression
The Hierarchy of Protected Expression
Who Is Protected?
Prior Restraints and Postpublication Punishment
The Plaintiff’s Burden of Proof
The Defendant’s Case
Preventing Libel Suits
Ideas for Reform
Chapter 5: Privacy
Intrusion and Trespass
Emotional Distress and Personal Injury
Ballot Propositions and Other Public Issues
Regulation of Political Candidate Broadcast Programming
Lobbying: The Right to Petition
Unfair and Deceptive Advertising
Other Federal Regulations
Media’s Right to Refuse Advertising
Controlling Nonobscene Sexual Expression
Defining Jury Bias
Remedies for Prejudicial Publicity
Controlling Conduct in Court
Controlling Prejudicial Publicity
Protection under the First Amendment
A Federal Common-Law Privilege?
Protection under the Fifth Amendment
Protection under State Statutes
Protection under Federal Statutes and Regulations
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