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Digital Media Law
A Practical Guide for the Media and Entertainment Industries

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ISBN 9781032052304
October 18, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Digital Media Law offers a practical guide to the law of media and communication, focusing on digital channels, models, and technologies. It draws together the aspects of media law that are most critical for those engaged in the production and distribution of digital media, from traditional broadcasters and internet-based services to major internet platforms.

As an expert scholar and educator in media law, Christopher S. Reed brings considerable experience as an in-house lawyer for a US-based media company with extensive news, sports, and entertainment operations. This blend of practical and scholarly insight delivers a textbook which packs foundational principles and concepts into the context of the digital environment, focusing on how those doctrines are applied in the face of rapidly evolving newsgathering, production, and distribution technologies.

Key features include:

  • "In the News" sections, which tie the legal principles to real-world events or situations
  • an integrated fictional case study of a media enterprise
  • insights into digital media policy.

This accessible textbook is the ideal companion for advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as practitioners interested in law, journalism, and media studies.

Table of Contents

1. Defining Digital Media 2. Law & The U.S. Legal System 3. The First Amendment 4. Defamation 5. Privacy and Publicity 6. Newsgathering 7. Reporting on the Government 8. Commercial Speech and Advertising 9. Radio and Television 10. The Internet 11. Intellectual Property: Media as IP User 12. Intellectual Property: Media as Producer 13. Case: Mountain One Media

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Christopher S. Reed is a lawyer in the entertainment industry focusing on intellectual property, First Amendment, antitrust, and general commercial litigation. He previously served as the head of global content protection at 21st Century Fox, the senior policy advisor to the U.S. Register of Copyrights, and a trial attorney for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven J. McAuliffe of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. He holds a B.S. in economics from Lehigh University, and J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the Franklin Pierce School of Law at the University of New Hampshire, where he now serves as a professor of practice. His website is