Major Principles of Media Law, 2014 Edition, 1st Edition

  • Genelle Belmas California State University, Fullerton
  • Wayne Overbeck Emeritus, California State University, Fullerton
  • ISBN-10: 1133307329  |  ISBN-13: 9781133307327
  • 672 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2011, 2009
  • © 2014 | Published
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MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF MEDIA LAW is a comprehensive and current summary of media law. The book is revised every year to include the most recent developments in communication law through the end of the Supreme Court's term. Each August, a new edition is available, with recent developments through July 1st fully integrated into the book.

Features and Benefits

  • This text is revised and published annually, and the 2014 edition includes the most up-to-date developments in communication law through the end of the Supreme Court's term in 2013. These developments in communication law are fully integrated into the text, as opposed to being added as an appendix or separate supplement.
  • The text features comprehensive coverage of topics critical to the study of media law, with both current and historical cases in each chapter that illustrate the concepts and laws being discussed.
  • An easy-to-read table at the beginning of the text allows instructors and students to easily reference and locate specific cases by name and page number.
  • The author maintains a website which houses Law Updates, links to additional media law resources, and more.

Table of Contents

Table of Cases.
1. The American Legal System.
2. The Legacy of Freedom.
3. Modern Prior Restraints.
4. Libel and Slander.
5. The Right of Privacy.
6. Copyrights and Trademarks.
7. Fair Trial-Free Press Conflicts.
8. Newsgatherer's Privilege.
9. Freedom of Information.
10. Obscenity and the Law.
11. Regulation of Electronic Media.
12. Media Ownership Issues.
13. Advertising and the Law.
14. Freedom of the Student Press.
Selected Excerpts from the Law.

What's New

  • Widely praised for its clarity and conciseness, MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF MEDIA LAW has been refined through 24 editions and has been reviewed by more than 60 law scholars to assure that it presents accurate summaries of complex legal concepts.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

Online Test Bank with Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285081773 | ISBN-13: 9781285081779)

The online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank provides instructors with chapter-level questions prepared by the author.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Genelle Belmas

Genelle Belmas received her Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Minnesota in 2002 with an emphasis in media law. Her dissertation examined then-emerging issues in the areas of libel, hate speech, and pornography law as applied to the Internet. For more than 10 years she has taught media law to thousands of students. Her research interests include flag display and desecration law, indecency regulation, intellectual property, scholastic journalism issues, and the connection between media ethics and law. Her research has appeared in such journals as COMMUNICATIONS LAW AND POLICY, FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS LAW JOURNAL, and the SOUTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Bar Association, where she participates in the communications law and intellectual property sections.

Wayne Overbeck

Wayne Overbeck is Professor of Communications, Emeritus, at California State University, Fullerton. He earned his Ph.D. at UCLA and his J.D. at Loyola Law School. After passing the California bar exam in 1975, he practiced law in California and Washington, D.C., but always wanted to return to college teaching and writing. With over 35 years of teaching experience and his years as a practicing attorney, he continues to serve as an expert in the field of media law and brings that expertise to each edition of MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF MEDIA LAW. Dr. Overbeck has also written several other books and taught on other campuses.