Major Principles of Media Law,
1st Edition

Wayne Overbeck, Genelle Belmas

ISBN-13: 9780357113127
Copyright 2019 | Published
680 pages | List Price: USD $187.95

Current through the most recent Supreme Court term, MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF MEDIA LAW, 2019, delivers a comprehensive summary of the latest additions, changes and developments in communication law. The text fully integrates recent developments through July--the end of the Court's 2017-18 term--and is available in August for fall classes. Reflecting the authors' experience in the courtroom and classroom, the text focuses on the issues more important to media law, while student-friendly features help you truly engage with the material. "Focus On" sidebars explore key legal issues in more depth, 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 the Law.
11. Regulation of Electronic Media.
12. Media Ownership Issues.
13. Advertising and the Law.
14. Freedom of the Student Press.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Thoroughly revised and updated, the 2019 edition includes the most current coverage of new and changed laws through the end of the Supreme Court's 2018 term.

  • Engaging photos and illustrations also reflect the updated material.

  • Key new cases from the Supreme Court's latest term are included throughout.

  • Offering the most current coverage available, MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF MEDIA LAW, 2019 delivers up-to-date developments in communication law through July--the end of the Supreme Court's 2017-18 term.

  • Refined through 29 editions, this proven, authoritative resource is popular with instructors and students alike.

  • Comprehensive coverage focuses on topics critical to the study of media law.

  • An excellent resource for instructors, the Preface spotlights major changes since the last edition and highlights a sample of court cases covered in the text.

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

  • Page margins list key terms and their definitions, ensuring thorough student understanding of even the most complex topics.

  • "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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