Digital Media Law offers a practical guide to the law of media and communication, focusing on digital channels, models, and technologies. It draws together the aspects of media law that are most critical for those engaged in the production and distribution of digital media, from traditional broadcasters and internet-based services to major internet platforms.

As an expert scholar and educator in media law, Christopher S. Reed brings considerable experience as an in-house lawyer for a U.S.-based media company with extensive news, sports, and entertainment operations. This blend of practical and scholarly insight delivers a textbook which packs foundational principles and concepts into the context of the digital environment, focusing on how those doctrines are applied in the face of rapidly evolving newsgathering, production, and distribution technologies.

Key features include:

  • "In the News" sections that tie the legal principles to real-world events or situations
  • An integrated fictional case study of a media enterprise
  • Insights into digital media policy

This accessible textbook is the ideal companion for advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as practitioners interested in law, journalism, and media studies.

chapter Chapter 1|14 pages

Defining Digital Media

chapter Chapter 2|22 pages

Law and the U.S. Legal System

chapter Chapter 3|24 pages

The First Amendment

chapter Chapter 4|28 pages


chapter Chapter 5|24 pages

Privacy and Publicity

chapter Chapter 6|24 pages


chapter Chapter 7|22 pages

Reporting on the Government

chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

Commercial Speech and Advertising

chapter Chapter 9|20 pages

Radio and Television

chapter Chapter 10|26 pages

The Internet

chapter Chapter 11|26 pages

Intellectual Property: MEDIA AS IP USER

chapter Chapter 12|9 pages

Intellectual Property: MEDIA AS PRODUCER

chapter |4 pages


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