This current and comprehensive, market-leading textbook addresses the most relevant and important aspects of mass media law in the United States, stretching from the history and adoption of the First Amendment to the most recent judicial opinions, statutory enactments, and regulatory controversies affecting speech across the print, broadcast, cable and Internet media. From the laws of libel and privacy to the regulation of advertising and telecommunications, Mass Media Law examines timely issues that are shaping the United States' legal system and the future of media content.
Don R. Pember has a doctorate in mass communication law from the University of Wisconsin and is a Professor of Communications at the University of Washington. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Public Service Award.
1. The American Legal System2. The First Amendment: The Meaning of Freedom3. The First Amendment: Contemporary Problems4. Libel: Establishing a Case5. Libel: Proof of Fault6. Libel: Defenses and Damages7. Invasion of Privacy: Appropriation and Intrusion8. Invasion of Privacy: Publication of Private Information and False Light9. Gathering Information: Records and Meetings10. Protection of News Sources/Contempt Power11. Free Press - Fair Trial: Trial-Level Remedies and Restrictive Orders12. Free Press - Fair Trial: Closed Judicial Proceedings13. Regulation of Obscene and Other Erotic Material14. Copyright15. Regulation of Advertising16. Telecommunications Regulation