Higher Education

Cases in Communications Law, 6th Edition

  • John Zelezny California State University, Fresno (formerly)
  • ISBN-10: 0495902977  |  ISBN-13: 9780495902973
  • 304 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2001
  • © 2011 | Published
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Written as a companion to Zelezny's COMMUNICATIONS LAW, Sixth Edition, textbook, CASES IN COMMUNICATIONS LAW, Sixth Edition, presents cases that will familiarize communications students 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.

Features and Benefits

  • Along with classic Supreme Court decisions, CASES IN COMMUNICATION LAW, Sixth Edition, provides carefully selected cases from the state courts and lower federal courts to give students a complete and up-to-date picture of communications law.
  • Intended for students in journalism, telecommunications, and other communications fields, the judicial opinions in this book have been carefully edited to focus just on substantive points of communications law.
  • Most of the formal legal citations and judicial footnotes have been omitted from the cases to improve readability and enhance the focus on truly important points.
  • This book is intended as a companion to Zelezny's textbook COMMUNICATIONS LAW: LIBERTIES, RESTRAINTS AND THE MODERN MEDIA, Sixth Edition, and follows the same organization of that text.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
Why Study Cases? How to Find Cases. Legal Terms. How to Read and Brief Cases.
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.

What's New

  • Cases highlight topics including 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 Child Online Protection Act, and 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; 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.


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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.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John 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 fifteen 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, California. 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, McGeorge School of Law.