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Law of Public Communication

Law of Public Communication - 5th edition

ISBN13: 978-0801332111

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ISBN13: 978-0801332111
ISBN10: 0801332117
Edition: 5TH 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 2000
International: No

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Law of Public Communication - 5TH 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0801332111

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

ISBN13: 978-0801332111
ISBN10: 0801332117
Edition: 5TH 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 2000
International: No

Focusing on the day-to-day implications of the law for media practitioners, this text examines the law affecting both traditional journalism and the ever-changing commercial and electronic media. The Law of Public Communication, 5e, explains the law as it applies to the daily work of writers, broadcasters, advertisers, cable operators, Internet service providers, public relation practitioners, photographers, and other public communicators. The accompanying statutes and cases, besides being completely up-to-date with information as late as summer of 1999, are presented in a cohesive manner that is understandable even to students studying law for the first time.

  • All chapters are extensively updated to reflect the swift and dynamic emergence of electronic communication, including such issues as Digital Millennium Copyright Act and The Electronic Freedom of Information Act.
  • The latest information on the Communications Decency Act, most notably the Reno case in which the Supreme Court ruling indicated that indecent expression may be even more protected on the Internet than it is in print.
  • Chapter 4, "Privacy," discusses U. S. Supreme Court cases on the liability of public officials who invite journalists to accompany them on raids and searches.
  • Chapter 7 tells how the Supreme Court has revised the commercial speech doctrine in decisions involving alcohol and casino advertising.
  • The addition of co-author Robert Trager, a teacher, attorney and associate dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado, adds a new perspective and currency to every chapter in the text.
  • Paperback format of text, now updated yearly, allows for more comprehensive, timely, and economical revisions of rapidly evolving communications laws for students.
  • The Corporate Speech chapter (Ch.6) thoroughly covers this emerging legal area and speaks directly to the growing college enrollment of public relations majors.
  • To suggest further reading for students, extensive but unobtrusive footnotes document the scholarship on which assertions are based.

Author Bio

Middleton, Kent R. : University of Georgia

Trager, Robert : University of Colorado System Office

Chamberlin, Bill F. : University of Florida

Table of Contents


1. Public Communication and the Law.
2. The First Amendment.
3. Libel.
4. Privacy and Personal Security.
5. Intellectual Property.
6. Corporate Speech.
7. Advertising.
8. Obscenity and Indecency.
9. The Media and the Judiciary.
10. Protection of News Sources, Notes, and Tape.
11. Access to Information.
12. Regulation of Broadcasting.
13. Regulation of Cable, Internet, Telephone, and Other Electronic Media.

Appendix A: Finding and Reading the Law.
Appendix B: The First Fourteen Amendments to the Constitution.
Case Index.
Subject Index.

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