The eleventh edition of this classic textbook provides an overview of communication and media law that includes the most current legal developments.

It explains the laws affecting the daily work of writers, broadcasters, PR practitioners, photographers and other public communicators. By providing statutes and cases in an accessible manner, even to students studying law for the first time, the authors ensure that students will acquire a firm grasp of the legal issues affecting the media. This new edition features discussions of hot topics such as the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for Espionage Act violations, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Iancu v. Brunetti addressing the registration of offensive trademarks, revenge porn, FTC guidelines on social media influencers and efforts by social media platforms to develop coherent approaches to misinformation.

The Law of Public Communication is an ideal core textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in communication law and mass media law.

A downloadable test bank is available for instructors at www.routledge.com/9780367476793.

chapter Chapter 1|27 pages

Public Communication and the Law

chapter Chapter 2|47 pages

The First Amendment

chapter Chapter 3|29 pages

Methods of Control

chapter Chapter 4|82 pages


chapter Chapter 5|59 pages


chapter Chapter 6|46 pages

Intellectual Property

chapter Chapter 7|44 pages

Political Speech

chapter Chapter 8|79 pages

Commercial Speech

chapter Chapter 9|52 pages

Obscenity and Indecency

chapter Chapter 10|53 pages

The Media and the Judiciary

chapter Chapter 11|38 pages

Protection of News Sources, Notes and Recordings

chapter Chapter 12|43 pages

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