The Law of Public Communication, 2009 Update Edition / Edition 7

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This 2009 Update includes the most current legal developments affecting 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 if you are studying law for the first time, the authors ensure that you will acquire a firm grasp of the legal issues affecting the media.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205570041
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/8/2008
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 626
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Public Communication and the Law     1
The Sources of Law     2
The Courts     9
The Litigation Process: Civil and Criminal     17
Working with the Law     22
Limitations of Law     24
The First Amendment     25
Theory of Freedom of Expression     26
Regulating Expression     32
Tests     40
Scope of the First Amendment: The Hierarchy of Protected Expression     44
Who Is Protected?     52
Methods of Control     67
Prior Restraints and Postpublication Punishment     68
Content-Neutral Regulations     87
Libel     93
Libel Terminology     95
The Plaintiff     97
The Plaintiff's Burden of Proof     99
The Defendant's Case     149
Preventing Libel Suits     172
Ideas for Reform     174
Privacy     176
Private Facts     178
Intrusion and Trespass     187
False Light     204
Commercialization     212
Emotional Distress and Personal Injury     223
Intellectual Property     233
Copyright     235
Copyrightable Works     236
Unfair Competition     271
Political Speech     281
Referenda and Other Public Issues     283
Elections     288
Regulation of Political Candidate Broadcast Programming     304
Regulation of Public Issue Programming: The Fairness Doctrine     319
Lobbying: The Right to Petition     322
Commercial Speech     326
First Amendment and Advertising     328
Unfair and Deceptive Advertising     342
Federal Remedies     355
Other Federal Regulations     366
Media's Right to Refuse Advertising     376
Self-Regulation     377
Securities Transactions     381
Obscenity and Indecency     399
Obscenity     401
Indecency     415
Violent Pornography     436
Controlling Nonobscene Sexual Expression     442
The Media and the Judiciary     454
Defining Jury Bias     456
Remedies for Prejudicial Publicity     462
Controlling Conduct in Court     468
Controlling Prejudicial Publicity     476
Voluntary Cooperation     502
Contempt Power     504
Protection of News Sources, Notes, and Tape     510
Protection under the Common Law     512
Protection under the First Amendment     513
A Federal Common-Law Privilege?     527
Protection under State Statutes     528
Protection under Federal Statutes and Regulations     537
Congressional Authority     541
Search Warrants     541
Breaching Confidentiality     545
Access to Information     548
Access and the Constitution     550
Access to Events     555
Access to Records     560
Access to Meetings     585
Obtaining Access: A Final Word     591
Finding and Reading the Law     593
The First Fourteen Amendments to the Constitution     599
Glossary     602
Case Index     609
Subject Index     617
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