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11th Edition

The Law of Public Communication, 11th Edition

ISBN 9780367476793
Published July 21, 2020 by Routledge
650 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The eleventh edition of this classic textbook provides an overview of communication and media law that includes the most current legal developments.

It explains the laws affecting the daily work of writers, broadcasters, PR practitioners, photographers and other public communicators. By providing statutes and cases in an accessible manner, even to students studying law for the first time, the authors ensure that students will acquire a firm grasp of the legal issues affecting the media. This new edition features discussions of hot topics such as the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for Espionage Act violations, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Iancu v. Brunetti addressing the registration of offensive trademarks, revenge porn, FTC guidelines on social media influencers and efforts by social media platforms to develop coherent approaches to misinformation.

The Law of Public Communication is an ideal core textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in communication law and mass media law.

A downloadable test bank is available for instructors at

Table of Contents

1. Public Communication and the Law 

2. The First Amendment 

3. Methods of Control 

4. Libel 

5. Privacy 

6. Intellectual Property 

7. Political Speech 

8. Commercial Speech 

9. Obscenity and Indecency 

10. The Media and the Judiciary 

11. Protection of News Sources, Notes, and Recordings 

12. Access to Information

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William E. Lee is Professor of Journalism at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia.

Daxton R. Stewart is an attorney and Professor of Journalism in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University.

Jonathan Peters is an attorney and a media law professor at the University of Georgia, where he is an Associate Professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and an Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Law.