In a world where anyone can become a media producer, everyone should know something about media law - both to protect his or her own rights and to avoid violating the rights of others. Digital Media Law is the first media law text to respond to digitalization and globalization, the two most significant agents of change in the twenty-first century.
Designed to appeal to a broader audience of communication and digital media students, as well as journalism and law students, Digital Media Law covers salient issues from freedom of expression to commercial speech and information access. An accompanying website at digitalmedialaw.us provides updates on new rulings, access to slip opinions, and other supplementary material, and a section on legal research teaches students to find the law on their own. For students of both media and law, this book is a timely introduction to an important new field.
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About the Author
Ashley Packard is associate professor of communication and digital media at University of Houston – Clear Lake, where she has chaired the communication program for the last five years. Beginning in the fall of 2007, she will give that up to chair the university’s new graduate program in Digital Media Studies, which is the first of its kind in Texas. She teaches Media Law, Communication Ethics, and Mass Media and Society in the undergraduate Communication Program, and will teach a graduate seminar in Digital Media Law and Ethics in the Digital Media Studies program. She has recently completed an entry on Conflict of Laws for Blackwell’s International Encyclopedia of Communication, and a chapter on Internet Law in the book Newspaper Competition in the Millennium, published in 2006. She publishes widely in journals such as the Journal of International Media and Entertainment, Communication Law and Policy, Journalism & Communication Monographs, Law/Technology, Legal Studies Forum, Communications and the Law and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law. This is her first book.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction to the Legal System 1
2 Freedom of Expression 20
3 Telecommunications Regulation 39
4 Internet Regulation 63
5 Conflict of Laws 82
6 Information Access and Protection 103
7 Intellectual Property: Copyright 127
8 Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets 156
9 Defamation 179
10 Invasion of Privacy 202
11 Sex and Violence 230
12 Commercial Speech and Antitrust Law 252
Table of Cases 279
What People are Saying About This
"I have never met Ashley Packard, but reading her Digital Media Law tells me she is someone whose work students will benefit tremendously from getting to know. Its relevance derives fundamentally from framing its subject in terms of digitalization and internationalization - the driving forces through which students today instinctively understand their lives and their professions." Robert Kerr, Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma
"A wonderfully readable book by an able media law scholar with a discerning eye for a range of real-life legal issues for the digital media. Most important, the book stands out for its refreshingly global outlook." Kyu Ho Youm, Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair Professor, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
"The book examines established media law principles and new problems and issues, demonstrating both the continuity and adaptability of the law in a rapidly changing communication era." Anthony L. Fargo, Indiana University School of Journalism