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Don Pember's text entitled Mass Media Law, ISBN 9780073511979, is a best-selling resource that explores the historical aspects as well as the most current issues that are molding our country's legal system as well as the outlook of media content. Users rate this text highly among competitors thanks to its easy-to-understand language and thorough inclusion...
Don Pember's text entitled Mass Media Law, ISBN 9780073511979, is a best-selling resource that explores the historical aspects as well as the most current issues that are molding our country's legal system as well as the outlook of media content. Users rate this text highly among competitors thanks to its easy-to-understand language and thorough inclusion of court cases and laws dealing with media-driven issues. Material spans the years with discussions on the history of the First Amendment, recent judicial opinions, as well as controversies affecting speech across various media fields including print, broadcast, and the internet. The author of Mass Media Law, Don Pember, is well educated and highly recognized among his field. He holds a doctorate in mass communication law from the University of Wisconsin and currently teaches Communications at the University of Washington. He Pember has also been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the Society of Professional Journalists' Public Service Award. Pember has carefully chosen the most pertinent topics and issues of mass media law to include within the 16 chapters of this book. He discusses the American legal system and takes a close look at the First Amendment. Through the lens of this historical right, Pember explores the meaning of freedom as well as contemporary problems. Chapters are also devoted to the topic of libel looking closely at establishing a case, proof of fault, and defenses and damages. Invasion of privacy is explored in chapters discussing appropriation and intrusion as well as publication of private information. The topic of gathering information through records and meetings as well as the protection of news sources and contempt power are explored in this resource. Two chapters are devoted to free press and fair trial with emphasis on trial level remedies, restrictive orders, and closed judicial proceedings. A somewhat controversial subject of the regulation of obscene and erotic material is tackled as well as the regulation of advertising. Finally the all-important topic of copyright and telecommunications regulation close out this text.
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