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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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Practical Issues Related to Media Law

There are certain considerations that aren’t purely legal issues but that should be considered in any full and fair evaluation of the issues that arise from communication. This chapter discusses some of these practical concerns, including:

1. The non-legal consequences of speech, such as business consequences, death threats, and the risk of private censorship

2. How risks are assessed and the different ways to approach risk

3. Media liability insurance

4. Principles of journalism ethics

Non-legal Consequences/Considerations

The fact that the First Amendment may protect a speaker’s right to say something doesn’t mean that there won’t be any consequences arising from such speech. In fact, having the right to say something is entirely a separate question from whether it should be said.

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