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The third edition of Media Law and Ethics features a complete updating of all major U.S. Supreme Court cases and lower court decisions through 1998; more discussion throughout the book on media ethics and the role of ethics in media law; and an updated appendix that now features a copy of the U.S. Constitution, new sample copyright and trademark registration forms, and the current versions of major media codes of ethics, including the new code of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Extensively updated and expanded chapters provide:
*more detailed explanations of the legal system, the judicial process, and the relationship between media ethics and media law;
*new cases in this developing area of the law that has attracted renewed attention from the U.S. Supreme Court;
*the new Telecommunications Act and the Communications Decency Act;
*a discussion of telecommunications and the Internet;
*new developments in access to courts, records, and meetings such as recent court decisions and statutory changes; and
*more information about trademark and trade secret laws and recent changes in copyright laws, as well as major court decisions on intellectual property.
The book has also been updated to include new developments in obscenity and indecency laws, such as the Communications Decency Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reno vs. ACLU. In addition, the instructor's manual includes a listing of electronic sources of information about media law, sample exams, and a sample syllabus.
Preface to the Third Edition.
1. Sources and Types of American Law.
2. The U.S. Legal System.
3. The Judicial System
4. Ethical Dilemmas, Issues, and Concerns in Mass Communication
5. Prior Restraint.
6. Corporate and Commercial Speech.
7. Electronic Mass Media and Telecommunications.
9. Indecency, Obscenity, and Pornography.
10. Right of Privacy.
11. Press and Public Access to the Judicial Process, Records, Places, and Meetings.
12. Intellectual Property.
Appendix A. Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.
Appendix B. National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics.
Appendix C. American Society of Newspaper Editors Statement of Principles.
Appendix D. American Association of Advertising Agencies Standards of Practice.
Appendix E. Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
Appendix F. The Constitution of the United States.
Appendix G. Copyright Registration Forms. Trademark Registration Forms.