The Law of Public Communication 2007 / Edition 5

The Law of Public Communication 2007 / Edition 5

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

ISBN-10: 0321087577

ISBN-13: 9780321087577

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

The Law of Public Communication, 2007 Update
Kent R. Middleton, University of Georgia

William E. Lee, University of Georgia

Focusing on the implications of the law for practitioners, this annually updated text examines legal issues affecting journalism, political and commercial speech, and electronic media.

The 2007 Update of this top-selling media law

Overview

The Law of Public Communication, 2007 Update
Kent R. Middleton, University of Georgia

William E. Lee, University of Georgia

Focusing on the implications of the law for practitioners, this annually updated text examines legal issues affecting journalism, political and commercial speech, and electronic media.

The 2007 Update of this top-selling media law text includes the most current information explaining the law as it applies to 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 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 to the Seventh Edition

§ Includes coverage of recent broadcasting indecency and profanity developments including the Janet Jackson/Super Bowl case, the Saving Private Ryan case, and consent decrees involving the Viacom, Emmis, and Clear Channel broadcasting groups.

§ Discusses the Colorado Supreme Court ruling prohibiting media publication of intimate information about Kobe Bryant’s accuser.

§ Describes Ashcroft v. ACLU II, in which the Supreme Court found the Child Online Protection Act to be unconstitutional.

§ Reviews new cases regarding the confidentiality of reporters’ telephone records and sources as well as new challenges to freedom of the college press.

§ Reports a Supreme Court ruling to uphold government-mandated assessments on beef producers to fund generic advertising.

§ Reviews the Supreme Court’s ruling in Tory v. Cochran, which vacates an injunction against picketing.

Praise for The Law of Public Communication

“Most all other textbooks would get a royal treatment from me regarding corrections and suggestions for change. But I honestly regard this to be one of the best textbooks I’ve ever used –or read.

– James Parker, Concord University

“I have nothing but kudos for the focus of the text. It covers everything we need to talk about and more. Each of the chapters is vital to the average journalist’s understanding of his/her world.… It’s packed with information, useful information, and a deep understanding of the law. It’s a great book.”

– Carol Atkinson, Central Missouri State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321087577
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

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.

2. The First Amendment.

Theory of Freedom of Expression.

Regulating Expression.

Tests.

Scope of the First Amendment: The Hierarchy of Protected Expression.

Who Is Protected?

3. Methods of Control.

Prior Restraints and Postpublication Punishment.

Content-Neutral Regulations.

4. Libel.

Libel Terminology.

The Plaintiff.

The Plaintiff's Burden of Proof.

The Defendant's Case.

Preventing Libel Suits.

Ideas for Reform.

5. Privacy and Personal Security.

Private Facts.

Intrusion and Trespass.

False Light.

Commercialization.

Emotional Distress and Personal Injury.

6. Intellectual Property.

Copyright.

Unfair Competition.

7. Political Speech.

Referenda and Other Public Issues.

Elections.

Regulation of Political Candidate Broadcast Programming.

Regulation of Public Issues: The Fairness Doctrine.

Lobbying: The Right to Petition.

8. Advertising.

First Amendment and Advertising.

Unfair and Deceptive Advertising.

Federal Remedies.

Other Federal Regulations.

Media's Right to Refuse Advertising.

Self-Regulation.

Securities Transactions

9. Obscenity and Indecency.

Obscenity.

Indecency.

Violent Pornography.

Controlling Non-Obscene Sexual Expression.

10. The Media and the Judiciary.

Defining Jury Bias.

Remedies for Prejudicial Publicity.

Controlling Conduct in Court.

Controlling Prejudicial Publicity.

Voluntary Cooperation.

Contempt Power.

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.

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.

Glossary.

Case Index.

Subject Index.

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