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Media & Entertainment Law

3rd Edition

By Ursula Smartt


476 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Media & Entertainment Law presents a contemporary analysis of the law relating to the media and entertainment industries both in terms of its practical application and its theoretical framework, providing a broad and comprehensive coverage of these fast changing branches of the law.

Fully restructured to complement how media law is taught today in the digital age, this third edition explores recent updates in the law including the outcomes of the Google Spain case and the ‘right to be forgotten’, the use of drones in breach of privacy laws, internet libel and the boundaries of media freedom and press regulation following the Leveson inquiry. Media & Entertainment Law uses the most up-to-date authorities to explore privacy and confidentiality subjects, such as the Prince Charles 'black spider' letters, the Maximilian Schrems and the celebrity superinjunction PJS v Newsgroup Newspapers cases. The book also covers defamation, contempt of court and freedom of information, plus Scots law. New to this edition:

  • A brand new chapter is dedicated to exploring technology and the media, including contemporary issues such as the dark web, the surveillance state, internet censorship and the law and social media, including bloggers, vloggers and tweeters.
  • The chapters on regulatory authorities have been expanded to provide greater clarification and explanation of broadcasting, press and advertising regulation, including the protection of journalistic sources and comparisons with EU Law.
  • The chapter on intellectual property and entertainment law has been streamlined to match media law courses more effectively.

This text provides students with detailed coverage of the key principles, cases and legislation as well as a critical analysis of this vibrant subject.


"This book acts as a beacon. It helps readers to understand not only what the law is, but also why the law is what it is. In a fast-changing world, that is an invaluable contribution."

Keir Starmer QC, MP

"With extensive sections on the Scots aspects of media law, the third edition of Ursula Smartt's impressively wide-ranging text book is a must-read for media professionals who more than ever need to understand the complexities involved in dealing with more than one legal jurisdiction. In a communications world where borders are redundant and the pace of change accelerating, such a comprehensive and accessible work is invaluable."

John McLellan, Director, Scottish Newspaper Society, Honorary Professor of Journalism, University of Stirling.

"When I am reading Ursula Smartt’s textbooks on Media Law, it is as if I am having a personal conversation with the author."

Final year Media Law Student at Bournemouth University.

"A concise survey of the media law landscape. A great first port of call for students doing research on key media law topics, and a handy refresher for practitioners. The industry anecdotes and historical facts really bring the subjects to life."

(City Media Lawyer)

Table of Contents

1. Confidentiality and Privacy

2. Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression

3. Technology and the Media

4. Freedom of Information

5. Regulatory Authorities 1: The Communications Industry

6. Regulatory Authorities 2: Press regulation and advertising standards

7. Defamation

8. Reporting Legal Proceedings

9. Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law

About the Author

Ursula Smartt lectures in law at New College of the Humanities, London where she is subject leader of Public Law and English Legal Systems. She is a Researcher and Visiting Lecturer in Media and Entertainment Law at the University of Surrey, Guildford.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Media & the Law