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Electronic Media Law



© 2005 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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Even though the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants freedom of speech and freedom of the press, laws and regulations governing media frequently evolve as the media themselves do. As a result, it is often a challenge to keep pace with new laws and regulations.

Electronic Media Law is a comprehensive, up-to-date textbook on the constantly changing and often complex world of electronic media law. Author Roger L. Sadler examines the laws, regulations, and court rulings affecting broadcasting, cable, satellite, and cyberspace. The book also looks at cases from the print media and general First Amendment law, because they often contain important concepts that are relevant to the electronic media.

Electronic Media Law
is written for mass media students, not for future lawyers, so the text is straightforward and explains "legalese." The author covers First Amendment law, political broadcasting rules, broadcast content regulations, FCC rules for station operations, cable regulation, media ownership rules, media liability lawsuits, intrusive newsgathering methods, media restrictions during wartime, libel, privacy, copyright, advertising law, freedom of information, cameras in the court, and privilege.

Key Features

  • Provides an easy-to-use format of chapter categories and sections that facilitate research on individual topics
  • Frequently Asked Questions highlight important points from cases
  • Explains complex, legal concepts in basic terms that give students the foundation for further studies in electronic media law

Electronic Media Law provides an understanding of the First Amendment and the American legal system with an emphasis on the electronic media. It is an excellent textbook for undergraduate and graduate students studying broadcast law and media law.

 

 
Index
 
The American Legal System
 
Understanding the First Amendment
 
Applying the Principles of Broadcast Regulation
 
Cable and Satellite Regulation
 
Media Ownership Rules
 
Rules for Station Operations
 
Libel
 
Privacy
 
Intrusive News-Gathering Methods
 
Media Liability Cases
 
Obscenity
 
Indecency and Violence in the Media
 
Copyright - The Basics
 
Copyright - Fair Use
 
Advertising Law
 
Media and the Courts
 
Privilege
 
Media Access to Government Sources
 
Table of Cases
 
Appendix - FCC Station Inspection Checklist

"Though written primarily for an American audience, this book is likely to be useful to students, practitioners and researchers in other jurisdictions as well. It covers a wide range of issues such as defamation, privacy, obscenity, copyright and contempt of court which are generic to all media as well as matters specific to the electronic media, such as TV regulation, "must-carry" rules, radio traffic jams, etc."

The Commonwealth Lawyer
Journal of the Commongwealth Lawyer's Association

My students love this book. Would love if the author updated it.

Ms Teri Burnette
Media Studies, Paine College
June 5, 2015
Key features
  This will be an easy-to-use reference guide as well as a textbook.  Each chapter is broken down into numerous categories and sections, and each section is captioned clearly to make it easier to research specific topics.  

This text makes frequent use of "bullets" and FAQs to highlight important points from cases.  The text is less intimidating than many textbooks and, as a result, makes it easier for students to study and remember main points.      

Even though this text explains complex legal concepts in more basic terms, it still challenges the students.  There is a wealth of information in this text.       

The result is a textbook that provides a firm understanding of the First Amendment and the American legal system with an emphasis on the electronic media.  

It is a text that broadcasting professors and students will find to be more helpful in their understanding of the laws and regulations affecting the electronic media in the United States.   

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