Communication Law in America / Edition 3

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Overview

This book's reader-friendly approach, dynamic writing style and numerous illustrations present the ins and outs of communication law in an engaging and lively way. Discusses First Amendment principles,common laws, constitutional considerations, privacy factors, advertising, protecting news sources, broadcast regulations and the internet. For anyone wanting to know more about communication law or media law.
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Editorial Reviews

Cbq
[This book] may be the first such book with its own original cartoon illustrations- surely a feature students will enjoy. It's also written in more of a conversational style than most survey law texts....The many illustrated examples from important cases help make this volume stand out from others.
— January-March 2008 Volume 39:1
CBQ
[This book] may be the first such book with its own original cartoon illustrations- surely a feature students will enjoy. It's also written in more of a conversational style than most survey law texts....The many illustrated examples from important cases help make this volume stand out from others.
— January-March 2008 Volume 39:1
John Vivian
Siegel offers a perspective that makes sense for our field. This edition’s updates couldn’t be more current, and it’s all made easier with Siegel’s hallmark pedagogical aides. The visuals, always a strength in previous editions, are updated and stronger than ever.
Robert Jensen
Siegel’s fourth edition keeps up with the dizzying pace of change in communication technology without sacrificing any of the crucial attention to age-old principles and basic law. And it’s all delivered in Siegel’s trademark writing style, which brings a light touch to subjects that are often heavy. And there’s more. The author’s endless Ebay forays have resulted in a website boasting scores of videos from the court cases. Paired with a reliable LCD projector, the book teaches itself.
Kevin A. Johnson
One could search the Internet for weeks and fail to amass the knowledge about communication law that is contained in this one book. Paul Siegel has managed to condense centuries of communication law in a meaningful way for citizens to easily reference. If this book is read studiously, our democracy will certainly be stronger.
Mel Netzhammer
This book does an excellent job of providing the historical and theoretical contexts for free speech and press, and uses those contexts to illustrate the most contemporary of examples, from Edward Snowden to Tom Cruise’s latest litigation, from Facebook to the aftermath of the “wardrobe malfunction.” The wealth of online resources at www.paulsiegelcommlaw.com extends the text for students and faculty, creating an interactive experience.
Jonathan Zittrain
Siegel delivers a detailed blueprint that reveals the underpinnings of U.S. communication law. He draws an intricate depiction of the mosaic of cases and statutes that shape the flow of information and expression. This volume will serve as a valuable tool for novices and experts alike.
Martin D. Sommerness
This is one of the most if not the most comprehensive treatments of mass communication law available today for undergraduate students. It constitutes in some ways a mini- law school course. Up-to-date, informative, and thought-provoking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442209381
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/16/2011
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 526
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (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

Preface
About the Author
Recent Developments in Communication Law
1 Introducing the American Legal System 1
2 The Development of Freedom of Speech 35
3 Defamation: Common-Law Elements 82
4 Defamation: First Amendment Limitations 114
5 Invasions of Privacy 157
6 Copyright and Trademark 197
7 Access to Information 238
8 Reporting on the Judiciary 272
9 Protecting News Sources 311
10 Regulation of Advertising 341
11 Sexually Oriented Speech 389
12 Broadcast, Cable, and Satellite TV Regulation 425
13 Communication Law and the Internet 481
Glossary 528
Case Index 538
Subject Index 545
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