Communication Law in America / Edition 3

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Updated with fresh examples throughout, the extensively illustrated third edition of Paul Siegel's Communication Law in America is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow overview of the complicated ways in which U.S. law determines who may say what to (and about) whom. Beginning with a clear explanation of the structure and history of the U.S. legal system, Siegel looks at how and why this country has come to place value on the freedom of speech, perhaps above other, sometimes_competing freedoms. He covers the key legal concerns affecting media today, including First Amendment principles, common laws, constitutional considerations, libel laws, invasion of privacy, copyright and trademark, access to government information, covering the judiciary, protecting news sources, advertising, sexual messages and obscenity laws, broadcast regulations, the Internet, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

John Vivian
Like a master tutor Paul Siegel again paces the presentation of the complexity of media law for students new to the subject. His is a guiding hand to help students put together the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. Siegel's new edition draws on recent cases and issues, many chosen because they resonate with the knowledge and interests that today's college students bring to their first law course. This is a superb introductory text.
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 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.
[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
[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
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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 was the founding executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Kansas and Western Missouri office, and he has served on the ACLU's affiliate boards in Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Connecticut. Go to for more information.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introducing the American Legal System
Chapter 2 The Development of Freedom of Speech
Chapter 3 Defamation: Common Law Elements
Chapter 4 Defamation: First Amendment Limitations
Chapter 5 Invasions of Privacy
Chapter 6 Copyright and Trademark
Chapter 7 Access to Information
Chapter 8 Reporting on the Judiciary
Chapter 9 Protecting News Sources
Chapter 10 Regulation of Advertising
Chapter 11 Sexually Oriented Speech
Chapter 12 Broadcast, Cable, and Satellite TV Regulation
Chapter 13 Communication Law and the Internet
14 Glossary
15 Case Index

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