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Major Principles of Media Law, 2017 1st Edition

Genelle Belmas, Jason M. Shepard, Wayne Overbeck

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2016, 2013, 2012
  • 688 Pages


Clear, concise, and timely, MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF MEDIA LAW, 2017, delivers a comprehensive summary of media law that is current through the 2015-16 Supreme Court term. Thoroughly updated and revised every year, this authoritative text includes the most recent additions, developments, and changes in communication law. The 2017 edition is available in August for fall classes, complete with recent Supreme Court developments through July 1 fully integrated into the text -- not added as an appendix or separate supplement. Providing a more interactive experience with media law topics, insightful "Focus On" sidebars help students explore key legal issues in depth, while end-of-chapter "What should I know about my state?" features highlight key issues from their home states. In addition, detailed in-margin definitions of key terms explain even the most complex topics in a way students can easily understand. Engaging photos and illustrations also help bring legal concepts to life.

Genelle Belmas, California State University, Fullerton

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.

Jason M. Shepard, California State University Fullerton

Jason M. Shepard, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communications at California State University, Fullerton. His primary research expertise is in media law, and he teaches courses in journalism and media law, history, and ethics. Dr. Shepard's first book, PRIVILEGING THE PRESS: CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES, JOURNALISM ETHICS AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT, explored the relationship between journalism ethics and law in journalist-source protections. In ETHICAL ISSUES IN COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONS: NEW AGENDAS IN COMMUNICATIONS, he proposed a new agenda for scholars of press freedom and responsibility in the digital era. He has also published research in the YALE JOURNAL OF LAW AND TECHNOLOGY, COMMUNICATION LAW AND POLICY, JOURNAL OF MEDIA LAW & ETHICS, NEXUS JOURNAL OF LAW AND POLICY, and DRAKE LAW REVIEW. Recently, Dr. Shepard served as an expert witness in federal court cases involving the First Amendment and campaign finance laws in Maine and Colorado. Shepard earned his Ph.D. in mass communication with a minor in law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 10 years, he worked as a journalist at THE CAPITAL TIMES and ISTHMUS newspapers. He is also a former corps member for Teach for America in the South Bronx of New York City.

Wayne Overbeck, Emeritus, California State University, Fullerton

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.
  • Providing the most up-to-date coverage available, MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF MEDIA LAW, 2017 delivers the latest developments in communication law through July 1 -- the end of the Supreme Court's term. The 2017 Edition is available in time for the start of fall classes, and recent developments are fully integrated into the text -- not just relegated to an appendix.
  • Engaging new photos and illustrations also reflect the updated material.
  • The 2017 Edition includes key cases from the Supreme Court's latest term.
  • The authors streamlined the material, removing lower court rulings to provide cohesive content.
  • Chapter 3, "Modern Prior Restraints" has been thoroughly revised and updated.
  • Chapters 7 and 9 have been combined into a single access chapter.
  • Chapter 12 now includes a political speech section.
  • An excellent reference for instructors, the Preface spotlights major changes since the last edition as well as highlights a sample of court cases covered in the text.
  • A helpful Table of Cases at the beginning of the text enables instructors and students to quickly and easily reference and locate specific cases by name and page number.
  • Key terms and their definitions are included in the page margins -- ensuring students fully understand even the most complex topics.
  • Going beyond the chapter, "Focus On" sidebars encourage students to explore relevant legal issues and court cases in greater depth.
  • End-of-chapter "What should I know about my state?" features help students learn the essentials about their own state law.
  • Helping maximize study time, end-of-chapter summaries recap key legal concepts for students to easily review.
  • Summary boxes give students a quick review to key concepts.
  • Insightful charts and tables help illustrate complex concepts, while engaging photos help bring chapter material to life.
  • Refined through 28 editions, this authoritative and trusted resource is popular with instructors and students alike.
  • Comprehensive coverage focuses on topics critical to the study of media law.
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.

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