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4th Edition

Law and the Media

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ISBN 9780240516295
Published May 22, 2002 by Routledge
410 Pages

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Book Description

Tom Crone's classic text has been thoroughly revised by an impressive team of legal experts. It provides an essential source of reference for the key legal issues encountered by those who work in the media such as journalists, editors and producers, as well as media lawyers.

Topics covered include:

Protection of Reputation
Copyright and Rights Clearance
New Media
Breach of Confidence and Privacy
The Data Protection Act 1998
Reporting Restrictions, Contempt of Court and Protection of Journalistic Sources
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Official Secrets
Professional Regulatory Bodies and Advertising
The Human Rights Act 1998
The Law in Scotland and the United States of America

Comprehensive supplementary reference material is also provided, including a glossary of legal terms, addresses, telephone numbers and web sites of professional bodies, and specimen agreements including interview agreements and moral rights waivers.

With contributions from: Terence Bergin, Marietta Cauchi, Jane Colston, Mark Cranwell, Charles de Fleurieu, Simon Dowson-Collins, David Green, Peter Grundberg, Rebecca Handler, Joanna Ludlam, Rosalind McInnes, Hugh Tomlinson and John Wadham.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Defamation; Blasphemy, seditious Libel and criminal law; Copyright; New media; Rights clearance; Breach of confidence; The Data Protection Act 1998; The 'new' right to privacy; Reporting restrictions; Contempt of court; Protection of journalistic sources; Prior restraint; Obscenity, indecency and incitement to racial hatred; Freedom of information; Official secrets; Parliamentary proceedings and elections; Professional regulatory bodies; Advertising; The Human Rights Act 1998; The law in Scotland; The law in the United States of America; Appendix A: Glossary of terms; Appendix B: Professional bodies; Appendix C: Specimen agreements; Bibliography

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Tom Crone is Legal Manager of News International plc, publishers of The Sun, News of the World, The Times and The Sunday Times. After 5 years as a practising Barrister, he became an in-house lawyer for Mirror Group in 1980 and ‘jumped ship’ to join News Group, publishers of The Sun and News of the World in 1985. Since then, he has been at the centre of numerous high profile media cases: Robert Maxwell, Elton John, Ian Botham, George Michael, Sonia Sutcliffe, Bill Roache, Gillian Taylforth, Bruce Grobelaar, Thompson and Venables (the Bulger Killers), and Her Majesty The Queen (twice).


'A book which deserves to be within easy reach of journalists, writers and broadcasters at every stage of their working day.'
Rosie Boycott, Former editor of the Independent, the Independent on Sunday and the Express. Presenter of BBC2's Life Etc and BBC Radio 4's A Good Read.

'No newsroom should be without 'Law and the Media' as a backup to help avoid the many pitfalls awaiting the uninformed reporter and sub.'
Journalism Training (NCTJ quarterly)

Reviews of previous editions:

Tom Crone, with both journalistic and legal experience has written for the journalist who may not have much legal awareness. His clear, concise, no-nonsense approach will be of immense benefit to anyone who requires a 'quick fix' of knowledge in the quite intricate area of the law covered by this book.'

'This is a well written book that simplifies both legal jargon and argument'
Journalism Lecturer

'...this is a useful volume, with all the topis set out clearly and concisely in no-nonsense language, and individual subjects easy to find. Law and the Media should be within easy reach in newsrooms.'
Mike Dodd, PA Mediapoint Website