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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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Names: Messenger, Ashley G., author. Title: Media law: a practical guide / Ashley Messenger. Description: Revised edition. | New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Includes indexes. Identifiers: LCCN 2019007946 | ISBN 978-1-4331-6798-0 (paperback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-6799-7 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6800-0 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-6801-7 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Mass media—Law and legislation—United States. Classification: LCC KF2805 .M47 2019 | DDC 343.7309/9—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b15502

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The first edition of this book, A Practical Guide to Media Law (2014), was published by Pearson Education, Inc.

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