Major Principles of Media Law, 2023,
1st Edition

Genelle Belmas, Wayne Overbeck, Jason M. Shepard

ISBN-13: 9780357657065
Copyright 2023 | Published
680 pages | List Price: USD $173.95
ISBN: 9780357657065

Current through the most recent Supreme Court term, Belmas/Shepard's MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF MEDIA LAW, 2023, delivers a comprehensive summary of the latest additions, changes and developments in communication law. The text focuses on the issues most critical to media law. Helping you truly engage with the material, student-friendly features include essential questions that sharpen critical thinking skills and "Focus On" sidebars that explore key legal issues in depth. Giving you a personal connection to text concepts, end-of-chapter "What should I know about my state?" features highlight key issues from your home state, and in-margin definitions of glossary terms make even the most complex topics easy to understand.


1. The American Legal System.
2. The Legacy of Freedom.
3. Modern Prior Restraints.
4. Libel and Slander.
5. The Right of Privacy.
6. Copyrights and Trademarks.
7. Fair Trial-Free Press Conflicts.
8. Newsgatherer's Privilege.
9. Freedom of Information.
10. Obscenity and Pornography.
11. Regulation of Electronic Media.
12. Antitrust and Media Ownership Issues.
13. Advertising and the Law.
14. Freedom of the Student Press.

  • Genelle Belmas

    Genelle I. Belmas is an associate professor at the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, where she teaches media law, media ethics, communications technology and gamification. Her research primarily focuses on media law and ethics. Cited by several appellate courts, her work has appeared in YALE JOURNAL OF ONLINE LAW AND TECHNOLOGY, FORDHAM INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL, FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS LAW JOURNAL, JOURNAL OF MASS MEDIA ETHICS and COMMUNICATIONS LAW AND POLICY, among others. She earned a B.A. in journalism and political science as well as an M.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

  • Wayne Overbeck

    Wayne Overbeck is Professor of Communications, Emeritus, at California State University, Fullerton. Professor Overbeck earned his Ph.D. at UCLA and his J.D. at Loyola Law School. He passed the California bar exam in 1975. In addition to practicing law in California and Washington, D.C., he is a longtime professor and prolific writer. With more than 35 years of teaching experience and expertise as a practicing attorney, he continues to be an authority in the field of media law. Dr. Overbeck has also written several other books and taught on other campuses.

  • Jason M. Shepard

    Jason M. Shepard is professor and chair of the Department of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, one of the largest mass communications programs in the United States. His research examines the role of the First Amendment in American democracy, journalism and culture. In his book PRIVILEGING THE PRESS: CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES, JOURNALISM ETHICS AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT, Shepard explores the history and ethics of journalists' protection of confidential sources. He also writes an "Online Legalities" media column for California Publisher. Prior to academia, Shepard spent 10 years working as a journalist. He earned a B.S. in journalism and political science, an M.A. in journalism and a Ph.D. in mass communications and law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also has an M.S. in teaching from Pace University.

  • Meticulously revised and updated, the 2023 edition adds new content focused on the context and significance of U.S. Supreme Court decisions through its 2020-2021 term.

  • All-new chapter learning objectives and essential questions have been added to help students focus on key concepts in each chapter.

  • Refined through 30 editions, this proven, authoritative resource is popular with instructors and students alike. Comprehensive coverage emphasizes topics critical to the study of media law.

  • Thoroughly revised and updated, the 2023 edition includes the most current coverage of new and changed laws through the end of the Supreme Court's 2020-2021 term. Key new cases from the Supreme Court's latest term are included throughout.

  • Helping instructors easily transition to the 2023 edition, the Preface spotlights major changes since the previous edition as well as highlights a sample of court cases covered in the text.

  • A helpful, quick-reference Table of Cases at the beginning of the text enables instructors and students to easily locate specific cases by name and page number.

  • Page margins list key terms and their definitions, ensuring students have a thorough understanding of even the most complex topics as they progress through the text.

  • "Focus On" sidebars enable students to explore relevant legal issues and court cases in greater depth.

  • End-of-chapter "What should I know about my state?" features provide a helpful snapshot of what students should know about their state law.

  • End-of-chapter summaries recap key legal concepts for students to easily review -- helping them maximize their study time and course success.

  • "Focus On" sidebars allow students to explore relevant legal issues and court cases in greater depth.

  • End-of-chapter "What should I know about my state?" features suggest what students should know about their state law.

  • End-of-chapter summaries recap key legal concepts for students to easily review.

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