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Law of Public Communication-2006 Update

Law of Public Communication-2006 Update - 7th edition

Law of Public Communication-2006 Update - 7th edition

ISBN13: 9780205449781

ISBN10: 0205449786

Law of Public Communication-2006 Update by Kent R. Middleton and William E. Lee - ISBN 9780205449781
Edition: 7TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
International: No
Law of Public Communication-2006 Update by Kent R. Middleton and William E. Lee - ISBN 9780205449781

ISBN13: 9780205449781

ISBN10: 0205449786

Edition: 7TH 06

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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 2006 Edition 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.


  • Covers recent Supreme Court cases, including: McConnell v. FEC, a challenge to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002; Ashcroft v. ACLU II, the sequel to an earlier case concerning the Children's Online Protection Act (COPA); Office of Independent Counsel v. Favish, a case involving the privacy exemption to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
  • Chronicles the rapidly expanding category of indecency in the electronic media and congressional attempts to protect children.
  • Integrates material on the law and regulation of electronic content into all chapters--instead of covering them in a separate chapter--so that students can readily compare print and electronic media.
  • Includes a chapter on methods of regulation discussing licensing, including comparison of the First Amendment limits on government power to license newspapers with the more expansive authority to license broadcasting (Ch. 3).
  • Reports a Supreme Court ruling that permits Vice President Dick Cheney to continue withholding records from a task force convened to plan administration energy policy.
  • Examines the federal Do-Not-Call regulations affecting telephone solicitation.
  • Explains copyright rulings concerning royalty payments for webcasting.
  • Includes extensive but unobtrusive footnotes to document the research on which assertions are based and to suggest further reading for students.

New To This Edition

  • Includes a case in which the Supreme Court agreed to review whether an injunction was constitutional barring defamatory picketing against a public figure lawyer.
  • Reviews new challenges to freedom of the college press.
  • Anticipates two cases in which the Supreme Court was to decide the constitutionality of government-mandated assessments on milk and cattle producers to fund generic advertising.

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.