The Law of Public Communication / Edition 5

The Law of Public Communication / Edition 5

by Kent R. Middleton, Robert Trager, Bill F. Chamberlin

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ISBN-10: 0801332117

ISBN-13: 9780801332111

Pub. Date: 12/03/1999

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

The Law of Public Communication (2008) 7/e

Kent R. Middleton, University of Georgia

William E. Lee, University of Georgia


An annually updated text,


The Law of Public Communication (2008) 7/e

Kent R. Middleton, University of Georgia

William E. Lee, University of Georgia


An annually updated text, The Law of Public Communication explains the law and regulation affecting practitioners of journalism, political and commercial speech, and the electronic media.


The Seventh Edition 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 to students studying law for the first time, the authors ensure that students will acquire a firm grasp of the legal issues affecting the media.


New Features:

  • Highlights recent Supreme Court cases including: Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., Randall v. Sorrell, and Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC.
  • Discusses recent journalists’ privilege cases including: Wen Ho Lee , Jason O’Grady, Josh Wolf, and “Scooter”Libby.
  • Analyzes the appellate ruling concerning press publication of juror identities in the Quattrone trial.
  • Explains the rulings by the Federal Election Commission concerning the use of the Internet for political communication.
  • Addresses the Abramoff lobbying scandal and Congressional efforts to reform lobbying.
  • Covers the latest broadcast indecency developments.
  • Clarifies license requirements for webcasting copyrighted music.
  • Examines restrictions on access to information surrounding “the war on terror.”


Reviewer Quotations:


“This textbook is one of the best in the business. I have used it consistently for close to 9 years. Its strength is that it follows a topical rather than an institutional or media industry approach to the study of communication law and policy.  This approach is especially useful because many legal issues cut across several media.” – Lyombe Eko, University of Iowa


“I appreciate that this book is trying to buck the standard trend of topic areas by moving content into more theoretical or ‘principle’ chapters.” – Genelle Belmas, California State - Fullerton

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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 Postpublication 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 Nonobscene 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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