The Law of Public Communication

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  • Copyright: 2006-07-18
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The Law of Public Communication, 2007 Update Kent R. Middleton, University of Georgia William E. Lee, University of Georgia Focusing on the implications of the law for practitioners, this annually updated text examines legal issues affecting journalism, political and commercial speech, and electronic media. The 2007 Update of this top-selling media law text includes the most current information explaining the law as it applies to 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. New to the Seventh Edition sect; Includes coverage of recent broadcasting indecency and profanity developments including the Janet Jackson/Super Bowl case, the Saving Private Ryan case, and consent decrees involving the Viacom, Emmis, and Clear Channel broadcasting groups. sect; Discusses the Colorado Supreme Court ruling prohibiting media publication of intimate information about Kobe Bryantrs"s accuser. sect; Describes Ashcroft v. ACLU II, in which the Supreme Court found the Child Online Protection Act to be unconstitutional. sect; Reviews new cases regarding the confidentiality of reportersrs" telephone records and sources as well as new challenges to freedom of the college press. sect; Reports a Supreme Court ruling to uphold government-mandated assessments on beef producers to fund generic advertising. sect; Reviews the Supreme Courtrs"s ruling in Tory v. Cochran, which vacates an injunction against picketing. Praise for The Law of Public Communication "Most all other textbooks would get a royal treatment from me regarding corrections and suggestions for change. But I honestly regard this to be one of the best textbooks Irs"ve ever used or read. James Parker, Concord University "I have nothing but kudos for the focus of the text. It covers everything we need to talk about and more. Each of the chapters is

Table of Contents

Public Communication and the Law
The Sources of Law
The Courts
The Litigation Process: Civil and Criminal
Working with the Law
Limitations of Law
The First Amendment
Theory of Freedom of Expression
Regulating Expression
Scope of the First Amendment: The Hierarchy of Protected Expression
Who Is Protected?
Methods of Control
Prior Restraints and Postpublication Punishment
Content-Neutral Regulations
Libel Terminology
The Plaintiff
The Plaintiff's Burden of Proof
The Defendant's Case
Preventing Libel Suits
Ideas for Reform
Privacy and Personal Security
Private Facts
Intrusion and Trespass
False Light
Emotional Distress and Personal Injury
Intellectual Property
Unfair Competition
Political Speech
Referenda and Other Public Issues
Regulation of Political Candidate Broadcast Programming
Regulation of Public Issues: The Fairness Doctrine
Lobbying: The Right to Petition
First Amendment and Advertising
Unfair and Deceptive Advertising
Federal Remedies
Other Federal Regulations
Media's Right to Refuse Advertising
Securities Transactions
Obscenity and Indecency
Violent Pornography
Controlling Non-Obscene Sexual Expression
The Media and the Judiciary
Defining Jury Bias
Remedies for Prejudicial Publicity
Controlling Conduct in Court
Controlling Prejudicial Publicity

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