Higher Education

Communications Law: Liberties, Restraints, and the Modern Media, 6th Edition

  • John D. Zelezny
  • ISBN-10: 0495794171  |  ISBN-13: 9780495794172
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2001
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $188.25
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The new edition of COMMUNICATIONS LAW: LIBERTIES, RESTRAINTS, AND THE MODERN MEDIA continues with the reviewer-praised readability, coverage of core topics, and currency that have been its consistent strengths. The author's interesting, hypothetical exercises have been a favorite among both professors and students. As in previous editions, the Sixth Edition includes a thorough update of cases and information to keep the text current.

Features and Benefits

  • Chapter Opening "Objectives" and "Hypotheticals" present students with a preliminary look at the type of cases covered in the chapter.
  • "Quick Check" boxes, integrated into each chapter, offer students the opportunity to review key concepts as they are presented within the chapter.
  • "Summary Notes" synthesize the critical issues discussed in the chapter and aid in student comprehension and retention.
  • End-of-chapter Web resources encourage students to further their studies in an online environment.
  • An accompanying casebook, CASES IN COMMUNICATIONS LAW, 6th Edition, provides additional real-world examples that further illustrate the concepts presented in the core text.

Table of Contents

About the Author.
1. The U.S. Legal System.
2. The First Amendment.
3. Risks to Public Safety.
4. Damage to Reputation.
5. Invasion of Privacy.
6. Access to Places and Information.
7. Media and the Justice System.
8. Creative Property.
9. The FCC and Broadcast Licensing.
10. Electronic Media Content.
11. Obscenity and Indecency.
12. Commercial Speech.
Glossary of Legal Terms.
Subject Index.
Case Index.

What's New

  • Updated topics include defamation; privacy and copyright liability issues arising from user-generated content on the Internet and social network; recent rulings in cyber-libel and anonymous blogging; the apparent demise of the Child Online Protection Act; efforts to pass a federal shield law; and the debate on protecting Internet reporters and bloggers.
  • The Sixth Edition includes important U.S. Supreme Court and 3rd Circuit Court rulings on broadcast indecency and the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling concerning student free-speech rights in Morse v. Frederick.
  • New material examines the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) enforcement efforts against potentially misleading types of advertising and proposed guidelines for online behavioral advertising and testimonials, and federal regulation pertaining to sponsor identification, video news releases, product placement, and embedded advertising.
  • Additional coverage includes a discussion of the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law's electioneering restrictions, landmark copyright settlements in Authors Guild v. Google and between the National Association of Broadcasters and SoundExchange, and a look at the dispute over the Obama "Hope" poster in the context of copyright and publicity rights and the First Amendment.


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

eBank Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 053873356X | ISBN-13: 9780538733564)

Instructor's Manual is available online. Includes sample syllabi, chapter outlines, suggested lecture and discussion topics, and a test bank.

Cases in Communications Law  (ISBN-10: 0495902977 | ISBN-13: 9780495902973)

This supplement provides landmark cases in communication law to help students better understand practical applications and real-world precedents for the laws they're studying. Most of the cases come from well-known Supreme Court cases with opinions edited for the common students' (as opposed to law students') use.

List Price = $126.95  | CengageBrain Price = $126.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $95.25

Student Supplements

Cases in Communications Law  (ISBN-10: 0495902977 | ISBN-13: 9780495902973)

CASES IN COMMUNICATIONS LAW, Sixth Edition, presents cases that will familiarize you with authoritative judicial reasoning on key principles of communications law. Most of the cases are from the U.S. Supreme Court and stand as precedents that all other courts in the nation must follow.

List Price = $126.95  | CengageBrain Price = $126.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $95.25

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John D. Zelezny

John D. Zelezny, an attorney and senior public relations executive, has extensive experience in both academia and the professional world of communications. His varied career began as a small-town newspaper reporter in the 1970s, later encompassed 15 years as a professor of media law and journalism at three West Coast universities, and eventually led to his employment as a corporate executive and strategic communications adviser to CEOs and boards of directors. He is a member of the State Bar of California, and currently serves as senior vice president and chief communications officer for Community Medical Centers in Fresno, Calif. He is a frequent lecturer on communications law and the author of complex First Amendment problems for law-school advocacy competitions. Mr. Zelezny holds degrees from Humboldt State University and the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.