Law of Public Communication-Annual Update 2010 / Edition 7

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The 2010 Update of this top-selling media law text 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 to readers studying law for the first time, the authors ensure that readers will acquire a firm grasp of the legal issues affecting the media.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205698325
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Public Communication and the Law

The Sources of Law

The Courts

The Litigation Process: Civil and Criminal

Working with the Law

Limitations of Law

Chapter 2 The First Amendment

Theory of Freedom of Expression

Regulating Expression


Scope of the First Amendment: The Hierarchy of Protected Expression

Who Is Protected?

Chapter 3 Methods of Control

Prior Restraints and Post-publication Punishment

Content-Neutral Regulations

Chapter 4 Libel

Libel Terminology

The Plaintiff

The Plaintiff’s Burden of Proof

The Defendant’s Case

Preventing Libel Suits

Ideas for Reform

Chapter 5 Privacy and Personal Security

Private Facts

Intrusion and Trespass

False Light


Emotional Distress and Personal Injury

Chapter 6 Intellectual Property


Unfair Competition

Chapter 7 Political Speech

Referenda and Other Public Issues


Regulation of Political Candidate Broadcast Programming

Regulation of Public Issue Programming: The Fairness Doctrine

Lobbying: The Right to Petition

Chapter 8 Commercial Speech

First Amendment and Advertising

Unfair and Deceptive Advertising

Federal Remedies

Other Federal Regulations

Media’s Right to Refuse Advertising


Securities Transactions

Chapter 9 Obscenity and Indecency



Violent Pornography

Controlling Non-obscene Sexual Expression

Chapter 10 The Media and the Judiciary

Defining Jury Bias

Remedies for Prejudicial Publicity

Controlling Conduct in Court

Controlling Prejudicial Publicity

Voluntary Cooperation

Contempt Power

Chapter 11 Protection of News Sources, Notes, and Tape

Protection under the Common Law

Protection under the First Amendment

Protection under State Statutes

Protection under Federal Statutes and Regulations

Congressional Authority

Search Warrants

Breaching Confidentiality

Chapter 12 Access to Information

Access and the Constitution

Access to Events

Access to Records

Access to Meetings

Obtaining Access: A Final Word

Appendix A Finding and Reading the Law

Appendix B The First Fourteen Amendments to the Constitution


Case Index

Subject Index

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