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"I have never met Ashley Packard, but reading her Digital Media Law tells me she is someone whose work students will benefit tremendously from getting to know. Its relevance derives fundamentally from framing its subject in terms of digitalization and internationalization - the driving forces through which students today instinctively understand their lives and their professions."---Robert Kerr, University of Oklahoma" "A wonderfully readable book by an able media law scholar with a discerning eye for a range of real-life legal issues for the digital media. Most important, the book stands out for its refreshingly global outlook."Kyu Ho Youm, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication" "This book examines established media law principles and new problems and issues, demonstrating both the continuity and adaptability of the law in a rapidly changing communication era."---Anthony L Fargo, Indiana University School of Journalism" "In a world where anyone can become a media producer, everyone should know something about media law - both to protect his or her own rights and to avoid violating the rights of others. Digital Media Law is the first media law text to respond to digitalization and globalization, the two most significant agents of change in the twenty-first century." Designed to appeal to a broader audience of communication and digital media students, as well as journalism and law students, Digital Media Law covers salient issues from freedom of expression to commercial speech and information access. An accompanying website at provides updates on new rulings, access to slip opinions, and other supplementary material, and a section on legal research teaches students to find the law on their own. For students of both media and law, this book is a timely introduction to an important new field.

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"The author shows a unique capacity to clarify and illuminate, without over-simplification. Packard has provided a valuable introduction to US media law." (Journal of Media Law, February 2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405181693
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ashley Packard is Professor of Communication and Digital Media Studies at the University of Houston, Clear Lake. She is the author of The Borders of Free Expression (2009) and is a peer reviewer for Communication Law and Policy.

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Table of Contents



1 Introduction to the Legal System 1

2 Freedom of Expression 20

3 Telecommunications Regulation 39

4 Internet Regulation 63

5 Conflict of Laws 82

6 Information Access and Protection 103

7 Intellectual Property: Copyright 127

8 Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets 156

9 Defamation 179

10 Invasion of Privacy 202

11 Sex and Violence 230

12 Commercial Speech and Antitrust Law 252

Table of Cases 279

Glossary 291

Notes 295

Index 331

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