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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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I would like to thank many people for their suggestions for this edition of the textbook: John Zucker, Micah Ratner, Adam Marshall, Katie Townsend, Ruth Hochberger, Patrick File, and Carolyn Schurr Levin. Special thanks to Griffin Ferre for research assistance with portions of this edition.

I would also like to thank Pearson Education, Inc. for publishing the first edition of the book, and, of course, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. for publishing this revised edition.

There are so many people who have offered encouragement and support over the years—too many to list here in full, but I am grateful for them all. Special thanks to Lucy Dalglish, Gregg Leslie, Kyu Youm, George Freeman, Barbara Wall, Len Niehoff, Bruce Brown, Lincoln Bandlow, Charles Glasser, John Watson, Wendell Cochran, Amy Eisman, Chris Johnson, Angie Holan, Terri Minatra, Joyce Slocum, Brian Duffy, Peter Dwoskin, Marty Krall, American University School of Communication, University of Michigan Law School, the professors who have adopted my book, all the reporters and editors with whom I have worked, and my friends and colleagues at NPR for their support and/or opportunities that have been provided to me, without which this book could never have existed.

Thanks to my son, Grayson, for his patience, thoughtfulness, and the suggestion that I reference the copyrightability of dance moves in Fortnite, and to all my friends who help me be my best (you know who you are).

Finally, I am, as always, grateful...

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