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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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9 Use of Music


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Use of Music

Obtaining rights to music was, until recently, of concern only to those in the music and entertainment industries. However, the internet has created great opportunities for multimedia content, and now music can be found everywhere, from self-produced YouTube videos to podcasts to multimedia journalism projects by professional news organizations. It is therefore very important for journalists as well as ordinary citizens to understand the legal issues surrounding the use of music.

Music is copyrightable and is fiercely protected by the industry. Thus, the use of music probably requires some kind of license, even in an editorial or commercial context. Getting rights to use music, though, can be far more complicated than getting rights to other kinds of material because of the quirks in the music industry. There are also several statutory provisions related to the use of music that may govern what is used or how.

This chapter will cover:

1. The different kinds of rights that exist in music and who owns them

2. The different kinds of licenses one needs for different uses

3. What might be considered fair use with respect to use of music

4. Other provisions related to the use of music

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