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Media Law

A Practical Guide (Revised Edition)

Ashley Messenger

Media Law: A Practical Guide (Revised Edition) provides a clear and concise explanation of media law principles. It focuses on the practical aspects of how to protect oneself from claims and how to evaluate the likelihood of a successful claim. This new edition has been revised to reflect important changes and updates to the law, including recent developments relating to scandalous trademarks, embedding, fair use, drones, revenge porn laws, interpretation of emoji, GDPR, false statements laws, lies, and the libel implications of the #MeToo movement.

Media Law is divided into five sections that help non-lawyers understand how the principles apply to their actual behavior: background information about the legal system; things you can be sued for; how you actually gather information; ways the government can regulate speech; and practical issues that are related to media law. This book is perfect for courses in media and communications law or a combination course in journalism law and ethics, as it covers both the legal and ethical aspects of communication.

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2 Milly, 95

911 calls, access to recordings of, 168


Abortion protesters, 217–218, 239

Absolute privilege for statements by officials, 52

Access Device Fraud, 196

Access, right of, 157–186, general rules 158, right to use photo/video 184–185, to Congress 167, to educational records 180, to federal agency meetings 166–167, to federal agency records 159–166, to government social media accounts 183–184, to healthcare records 181, to judicial proceedings or records 169–179, to motor vehicle records 180–181, to news scenes 181–182, to press conferences 182–183, to prisons 184, to private materials 158–159, to state records 168–169

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