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10th Edition

The Law of Public Communication 2019 Update

ISBN 9780367353094
Published August 14, 2019 by Routledge
646 Pages

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Book Description

Updated to reflect new developments through 2019, the tenth edition of The Law of Public Communication 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 color photos, as well as breakout boxes that apply the book’s principles to daily life. The new case studies discussed often reflect new technologies and professional practices, including hot topics such as cyber bullying, drones, government surveillance, campaign financing, advertising, and digital libel.

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 Assistant Professor at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor at the School of Law, University of Georgia.