Major Principles of Media Law, 2017,
1st Edition

Genelle Belmas, Jason Shepard, Wayne Overbeck

ISBN-13: 9781305646506 | ISBN-10: 1305646509

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 688 pages

List Price USD $149.95


Current through the most recent Supreme Court term, MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF MEDIA LAW, 2017, delivers a comprehensive summary of the latest additions, changes, and developments in communication law. This authoritative resource fully integrates recent developments through July 1 -- the end of the Court's 2015-16 term -- and is available in August for fall classes. Drawing from the authors' experience and expertise in both the courtroom and the classroom, the text focuses on the issues most important to media law. "Focus On" sidebars enable you to explore key legal issues in more depth, and end-of-chapter "What should I know about my state?" features highlight issues from your home state. In addition, in-margin definitions of glossary terms make even the most complex topics easy to understand.

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Genelle Belmas is Associate Professor at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. In 2002 she received her Ph.D. in mass communications with an emphasis in media law from the University of Minnesota, where her dissertation examined then-emerging issues in the areas of libel, hate speech, and pornography law as applied to the Internet. She has taught media law for more than 10 years to thousands of students. Her research interests include flag display and desecration law, indecency regulation, intellectual property, scholastic journalism issues, and the connection between media ethics and law. Her research has appeared in such journals as COMMUNICATIONS LAW AND POLICY, FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS LAW JOURNAL, and the SOUTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Bar Association, where she participates in the communications law and intellectual property sections. In 2010, Dr. Belmas assumed primary authorship of MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF MEDIA LAW.

Jason M. Shepard, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of Communications and an associate professor at California State University, Fullerton. His primary research expertise is in media law, and he teaches courses in journalism and media law, history and ethics. Shepard’s first book, Privileging the Press: Confidential Sources, Journalism Ethics and the First Amendment, explored the relationship between journalism ethics and law in journalist-source protections. In Ethical Issues in Communication Professions: New Agendas in Communications, Shepard proposed a new agenda for scholars of press freedom and responsibility in the digital era. Shepard has also published research in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, Communication Law and Policy, Journal of Media Law & Ethics, Nexus Journal of Law and Policy, and Drake Law Review. Recently, Shepard served as an expert witness in federal court cases involving the First Amendment and campaign finance laws in Maine and Colorado. Shepard earned his Ph.D. in mass communications with a Ph.D. minor in law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 10 years, he worked as a journalist at The Capital Times and Isthmus newspapers. He is also a former corps member for Teach For America in the South Bronx of New York City.

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.

  • Engaging new photos and illustrations also reflect the updated material.
  • Chapter 12 now includes a political speech section.
  • The authors streamlined the material, removing lower court rulings to provide cohesive content.
  • Chapters 7 and 9 have been combined into a single access chapter.
  • The 2017 Edition includes key cases from the Supreme Court's latest term.
  • Chapter 3, "Modern Prior Restraints" has been thoroughly revised and updated.
  • Providing the most up-to-date coverage available, MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF MEDIA LAW, 2017 delivers the latest developments in communication law through July 1 -- the end of the Supreme Court's term. The 2017 Edition is available in time for the start of fall classes, and recent developments are fully integrated into the text -- not just relegated to an appendix.
  • Summary boxes give students a quick review to key concepts.
  • An excellent reference for instructors, the Preface spotlights major changes since the last edition as well as highlights a sample of court cases covered in the text.
  • End-of-chapter "What should I know about my state?" features help students learn the essentials about their own state law.
  • Helping maximize study time, end-of-chapter summaries recap key legal concepts for students to easily review.
  • A helpful Table of Cases at the beginning of the text enables instructors and students to quickly and easily reference and locate specific cases by name and page number.
  • Refined through 28 editions, this authoritative and trusted resource is popular with instructors and students alike.
  • Insightful charts and tables help illustrate complex concepts, while engaging photos help bring chapter material to life.
  • Going beyond the chapter, "Focus On" sidebars encourage students to explore relevant legal issues and court cases in greater depth.
  • Comprehensive coverage focuses on topics critical to the study of media law.
  • Key terms and their definitions are included in the page margins -- ensuring students fully understand even the most complex topics.

Table of Contents

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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 the Law.
11. Regulation of Electronic Media.
12. Media Ownership Issues.

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  • ISBN-10: 1305646509
  • ISBN-13: 9781305646506

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