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Of the sixty-one cases represented in the second edition of Paul Siegel's popular Cases in Communication Law, forty-one are U.S. Supreme Court decisions, eleven are federal appellate decisions, and four were decided at the federal district court level. The book also includes five state cases. Twenty-two of the cases presented here are new to this edition, including Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, ABC v. Stewart, Solano v. Playgirl, and Amrak Productions v. Morton. Cases dropped from the first edition will be made available on an author-maintained website ( This case-book can be used on its own or as a companion to Siegel's Communication Law in America, available from Rowman & Littlefield.

Features of the Text: Accessible Writing Style: Boasts highly conversational writing, making complicated doctrines and legal decisions comprehensible. Manageable Cases: Contains cases edited to a manageable length without sacrificing the essence of the materials. Conversation Points: Presents "Points for Discussion" at the end of each court case, which are often culled from the dissenting opinions. New, Current Cases: Introduces a great deal of new material, as over one-third of the cases are new to this edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205289868
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Siegel is professor of communication at the University of Hartford. He has been teaching course work in media law for over 30 years—at American University, Catholic University, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, Illinois State University, Keene State College, Tulane University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Missouri, and the University of North Carolina. He has also published dozens of book chapters and law review and communication journal articles on various subjects related to communication law. Siegel was the founding executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri.

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Table of Contents

List of Cases     viii
Preface     ix
Introduction     1
The U.S. Judiciary     2
Understanding Legal Citations     3
A Word about the Editing of This Volume     4
First Amendment Principles     7
Brandenburg v. Ohio     8
Hess v. Indiana     9
Wooley v. Maynard     11
Johanns v. Livestock Marketing Association     15
United States v. O'Brien     18
United States v. The Progressive     25
Garcetti v. Ceballos     31
Republican Party of Minnesota v. White     36
Libel: Common-Law Principles     43
Greenbelt Cooperative Publishing Association v. Bresler     44
Stein v. Trager     46
Amrak Productions v. Morton     48
Stanton v. Metro Corporation     51
Kaelin v. Globe Communications Corporation     55
Libel: Constitutional Considerations     63
New York Times v. Sullivan     64
Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc.     70
Philadelphia Newspapers v. Hepps     75
Freedom Newspapers of Texas v. Cantu     78
Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Company     85
Invasion ofPrivacy     89
Time, Inc. v. Hill     90
Solano v. Playgirl     94
Neff v. Time, Inc.     98
Holman v. Central Arkansas Broadcasting Company     101
Zacchini v. Scripps-Howard Broadcasting Company     103
Owasso Independent School District v. Falvo     106
Copyright and Trademark     111
Eldred v. Ashcroft     112
Feist Publications v. Rural Telephone Service Company     119
Clean Flicks of Colorado v. Soderbergh     124
Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music     130
Lyons Partnership v. Giannoulas     136
Access to Government Information     141
Saxbe v. Washington Post     142
Baltimore Sun v. Ehrlich     144
National Archives and Records Administration v. Favish     150
Acker v. Texas Water Commission     156
Reporting on the Judiciary     161
Sheppard v. Maxwell     162
Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart     165
Press-Enterprise Company v. Superior Court (I)     170
ABC v. Stewart     174
Press-Enterprise Company v. Superior Court (II)     183
State ex rel. Rosenthal v. Poe     186
Protecting News Sources      191
Branzburg v. Hayes     192
In re Grand Jury Subpoena, Judith Miller     196
Zurcher v. Stanford Daily     201
S.H.A.R.K. v. Metro Parks Serving Summit County     205
Cohen v. Cowles Media Company     208
Regulation of Advertising     213
Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Citizens Consumer Council     213
Central Hudson Gas & Electric v. Public Service Commission of New York     217
Rubin v. Coors Brewing Company     222
Madigan v. Telemarketing Associates     227
Sexually Oriented Speech     235
Miller v. California     236
Stanley v. Georgia     239
Osborne v. Ohio     242
Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition     247
Ohio v. Dalton     255
Broadcast and Cable TV Regulation     261
Red Lion Broadcasting v. FCC     262
Becker v. FCC     270
FCC v. Pacifica Foundation     274
Turner Broadcasting System v. FCC     279
Motion Picture Association of America v. FCC     288
The Internet     295
Reno v. ACLU     295
New York Times v. Tasini     303
MGM Studios v. Grokster      310
About the Author     321
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