The Law of Public Communication / Edition 4by Kent R. Middleton, Bill F. Chamberlin, Matthew T. Bunker
Pub. Date: 12/28/1996
The Sixth Edition of this top-selling media law text includes the most current information available, 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 Law of Public Communication ensures that students will acquire a firm grasp of the legal issues affecting the media.
New to this Edition:
- Covers recent cases, including: the challenge to restrictions in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 on soft money and broadcast issue advertisements, and the copyright case (Eldred v. Ashcroft), challenging the constitutionality of extending the term of copyright by 20 years.
- Adds a new section on "threats," which includes discussion of "true threats" to abortion doctors on web sites.
- Discusses restrictions on press coverage of military operations during Operation Enduring Freedom.
- Examines Bush Administration changes to freedom of information policies.
- Previews the Supreme Court case determining the constitutionality of federal regulations requiring libraries to install software to filter indecency.
- Integrates material on the law and regulation of electronic content into several chapters, instead of covering it in a separate chapter, so students can readily compare print and electronic media.
Table of Contents
1. Public Communication and the Law.
The Sources of Law.
The Litigation Process: Civil and Criminal.
Working with the Law.
Limitations of Law.
2. The First Amendment.
Theory of Freedom of Expression.
Scope of the First Amendment: The Hierarchy of Protected Expression.
Who Is Protected?
Prior Restraints and Postpublication Punishment.
The Plaintiff's Burden of Proof.
The Defendant's Case.
Preventing Libel Suits.
Ideas for Reform.
4. Privacy and Personal Security.
Intrusion and Trespass.
Emotional Distress and Personal Injury.
5. Intellectual Property.
6. Corporate Speech.
Referenda and Other Public Issues.
Lobbying: The Right to Petition.
Communication between Labor and Management.
First Amendment and Advertising.
Unfair and Deceptive Advertising.
Other Federal Regulations.
Media's Right to Refuse Advertising.
8. Obscenity and Indecency.
Controlling Nonobscene Sexual Expression.
9. The Media and the Judiciary.
Defining Jury Bias.
Remedies for Prejudicial Publicity.
ControllingConduct in Court.
Controlling Prejudicial Publicity.
10. 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.
11. Access to Information.
Access and the Constitution.
Access to Events.
Access to Records.
Access to Meetings.
Obtaining Access: A Final Word.
12. Regulation of Broadcasting.
Framework for Broadcast Content Regulations.
Federal Communications Commission.
Licensing the Broadcast Media.
Regulation of Political Candidate Programming.
Regulation of Public Issues Programming: The Fairness Doctrine.
Other Programming Regulation.
Digital Television (DTV).
Low-Power Television (LPTV).
13. Regulation of Cable, Internet, Telephone, and Other Electronic Media.
Other Electronic Communications Media.
Appendix A: Finding and Reading the Law.
Appendix B: The First Fourteen Amendments to the Constitution.
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