Communication Law in America

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paul siegel, 2008 - Law - 616 pages
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The extensively illustrated second edition of Paul Siegel's Communication Law in America is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow overview of the complicated ways in which U.S. law determines who may say what to (and about) whom. Thorough updates_and an expanded section on the legal particularities of the Internet_are enhanced by over 100 case-related photos, magazine and newspaper items, works of art, film stills, and original cartoons. Beginning with a clear explanation of the structure and history of the U.S. legal system, Siegel looks at how and why this country has come to place value on the freedom of speech, perhaps above other, sometimes-competing freedoms. With his student-friendly approach and lively writing style, he covers the key legal concerns affecting media today, including First Amendment principles, common laws, constitutional considerations, libel laws, invasion of privacy, copyright and trademark, access to government information, covering the judiciary, protecting news sources, advertising, sexual messages and obscenity laws, broadcast regulations, the Internet, and more. Siegel's complementary casebook, Cases in Communication Law, has also been extensively updated in a new edition, published concurrently with this text by Rowman & Littlefield.
  

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Contents

Introducing the American Legal System l
1
The Development of Freedom of Speech
39
CommonLaw Elements
95
Who Has to Believe?
101
Defaming People Corporations and Products
109
First Amendment Limitations
129
Invasions of Privacy
173
Copyright and Trademark
231
Procedures and Powers of the FTC
434
Sexually Oriented Speech
449
Broadcast Cable and Satellite TV Regulation
485
Communication Law and the Internet
531
Developments in Communication Law Online
542
Chapter Summary
574
Glossary
577
Case Index
589

Access to Information
283
Reporting on the Judiciary
323
Protecting News Sources
361
Regulation of Advertising
395
Subject Index
601
About the Author
615
About the Illustrator
616
Copyright

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\Paul Siegel is professor of communication at the University of Hartford. He was the founding executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Kansas and Western Missouri office, and has served on the ACLU's affiliate boards in Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Connecticut. Go to www.paulsiegelcommlaw.com for more information.

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