3rd Edition

Communication Law Practical Applications in the Digital Age

    502 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    502 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This fully revised third edition brings a fresh approach to the fundamentals of mass media and communication law in a presentation that undergraduate students find engaging and accessible.

    Designed for students of communication that are new to law, this volume presents key principles and emphasizes the impact of timely, landmark cases on today’s media world, providing an applied learning experience. This new edition offers expanded coverage of digital media law and social media, a wealth of new case studies, expanded discussions of current political, social, and cultural issues, and new features focused on ethical considerations and on international comparative law.

    Communication Law serves as a core textbook for undergraduate courses in communication and mass media law.

    This edition includes timelines to show students “what happened when” in the legal process. These simple diagrams are available at www.routledge.com/9780367546694

    1. Sources of Law and Systems of Justice

    2. First Amendment in Principle and Practice

    3. Sedition and Censorship

    4. Forums of Freedom

    5. Libel

    6. Privacy

    7. Intellectual Property

    8. Broadcasting and Telecommunications

    9. Digital Media Law

    10. Obscenity and Indecency

    11. Advertising Law

    12. Media Business Law

    13. Media and Courts

    14. Freedom of Access


    Dom Caristi, PhD, Professor of Telecommunications. Caristi joined the Ball State faculty in 1998, and is a founding member and Associate Director of the Digital Policy Institute at that university. A member of the Broadcast Education Association for more than 30 years, he served on the Board of Directors (1997–2002), including a term as its Vice President.

    William R. Davie, PhD, Professor of Communication. Davie holds the Board of Regents Professorship of Communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has been a member of the faculty since 1993. He is the head of the Mass Communication/Broadcast sequence and has served as interim department head and graduate program coordinator.

    Laurie Thomas Lee, PhD, Professor of Broadcasting in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lee joined the faculty full time in 1994. She is a recipient of the James A. Lake Academic Freedom award and has served as an Executive Vice Chancellor Faculty Fellow, giving presentations on the First Amendment and academic freedom.