The Printing Press to the Internet
Hayes_Hayes 5/14/2013 3:00 PM Page vii Television Regulation,” and Chapter 14, “Copyright, New Technologies & Trademark.” Also, law and media technologies are central in the less obvious ones: Chapter 5, “Defamation: Constitutional and Cyber Law,” Chapter 6, “Privacy,” and Chapter 10, “Fair Trial/Free Press.” There is another feature that sets this book apart from other communications media law texts. At the end of each chapter, the reader will find questions in the form of legal hypotheticals. The hypo- theticals will give students the opportunity to put the principles of legal precedent, and the analyti- cal skills of analogy and distinguishing, discussed in Chapter 1, “Principles of Reasoning and First Amendment Theory,” to work. Each chapter identifies and explains the doctrinal tests students need to apply to the hypotheticals. The author of this book has used many of the hypotheticals published here to spark in-class discussion and as questions on midterm and final exams. Furthermore, Web addresses to online media law sources are provided at the end of each chapter. The Web provides a great deal of authoritative information that can enliven any discussion of media law, sometimes found in the unlikeliest of places. Chapter 13, “Copyright Law,” for example, identifies a YouTube webpage where students can better understand the copyright doctrines of infringement and substantial sim- ilarity at issue in Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music, 420 F. Supp. 177 (S.D.N.Y. 1976) by lis- tening to the pop hits “He’s So Fine,” and “My Sweet Lord” layered on top...
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