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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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18 Television and Radio—FCC Regulation


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Television and Radio—FCC Regulation

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the federal government agency tasked with regulating the communications media. Print media and in-person speech are not subject to FCC regulation, but television and radio are. Cable, satellite, and phone companies are subject to some regulation as well. As technology changes, it is important to understand what the FCC can do and why. Public understanding of the FCC’s role is becoming more important as the FCC attempts to expand its influence over the internet.

This chapter will discuss:

1. What the FCC is and what it does

2. What kinds of entities are subject to FCC regulation

3. What kinds of regulations the FCC can enforce

4. Issues pertaining to public broadcasting

5. Whether the FCC can regulate the internet

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