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Law of Public Communication-2005 Edition

Law of Public Communication-2005 Edition - 6th edition

Law of Public Communication-2005 Edition - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780205418930

ISBN10: 0205418937

Law of Public Communication-2005 Edition by Kent R. Middleton - ISBN 9780205418930
Edition: 6TH 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2005
International: No
Law of Public Communication-2005 Edition by Kent R. Middleton - ISBN 9780205418930

ISBN13: 9780205418930

ISBN10: 0205418937

Edition: 6TH 05

Other Editions of Law of Public Communication-2005 Edition


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 2005 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 authors ensure that students will acquire a firm grasp of the legal issues affecting the media.


  • Provides comprehensive and current information on the rapidly evolving field of communication law in a paperback format, updated annually.
  • Includes extensive but unobtrusive footnotes to document the research on which assertions are based and to suggest further reading for students.
  • Reflects the swift and dynamic emergence of electronic communication--including such issues as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and The Electronic Freedom of Information Act--to keep students abreast of key material in this growing area of media law.
  • Covers the emerging legal area of political speech, particularly as it relates to corporations, which speaks directly to the growing college enrollment of public relations majors (Ch. 7).
  • Offers a way to receive updated material on decisions handed down after the text's publication--the Companion Website at will be updated periodically to ensure that both students and instructors have information about and the authors' analysis of key rulings.
  • 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.
  • Includes a chapter on methods of regulation discussing licensing and comparing the First Amendment limits on government power to license newspapers with the more expansive authority to license broadcasting (Ch. 3).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


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.
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.
Emotional Distress and Personal Injury.

6. Intellectual Property.

Unfair Competition.

7. Political Speech.

Referenda and Other Public Issues.
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.
Securities Transactions

9. Obscenity and 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.
Case Index.
Subject Index.

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