Media Law and Ethics

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Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 803 pages
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The third edition of Media Law and Ethics features a complete updating of all major U.S. Supreme Court cases and lower court decisions through 1998; more discussion throughout the book on media ethics and the role of ethics in media law; and an updated appendix that now features a copy of the U.S. Constitution, new sample copyright and trademark registration forms, and the current versions of major media codes of ethics, including the new code of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Extensively updated and expanded chapters provide:
*more detailed explanations of the legal system, the judicial process, and the relationship between media ethics and media law;
*new cases in this developing area of the law that has attracted renewed attention from the U.S. Supreme Court;
*the new Telecommunications Act and the Communications Decency Act;
*a discussion of telecommunications and the Internet;
*new developments in access to courts, records, and meetings such as recent court decisions and statutory changes; and
*more information about trademark and trade secret laws and recent changes in copyright laws, as well as major court decisions on intellectual property.

The book has also been updated to include new developments in obscenity and indecency laws, such as the Communications Decency Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reno vs. ACLU. In addition, the instructor's manual includes a listing of electronic sources of information about media law, sample exams, and a sample syllabus.

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Roy. L. Moore (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin Madison; J.D. Georgia State Unviersity) is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mass Communication at Georgia College & State University. He earlier served as Associate Dean in the College of Communications and Information Studies and Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Kentucky, where he also served as a Faculty Trustee on the Board of Trustees and Executive Director of the First Amendment Center. He is a practicing attorney and a national authority on libel law and First Amendment issues. During 2001- 2002 he was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Georgia. He chaired the Law Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and was named a “Great Teacher” by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association.

Michael D. Murray (Ph.D. University of Missouri Columbia) is the University of Missouri Board of Curators' Distinguished Professor and teaches on the St. Louis campus. He has taught at Virginia Tech and the University of Louisville, at which he founded the Department of Communication and also held post-doctoral fellowships at Stanford University, University of London and Cambridge University. He is a national authority on the history of broadcast news and regulatory issues and has been honored for teaching excellence by every major academic communication organization including the National Communication Association, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, American Journalism Historians Association and the International Radio & Television Society. He recently served as founding director of the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and is author or editor of seven books. He is currently the review and criticism editor for the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

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