Media Law

Media Law

A Practical Guide (Revised Edition)

Ashley Messenger


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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.


Ashley Messenger:

Ashley Messenger is Senior Associate General Counsel at NPR, specializing in First Amendment and media law. She has previously worked for U.S. News & World Report, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and NuCity Publications, Inc. She has taught First Amendment law at the University of Michigan Law School and media law courses for the journalism schools at American University, the George Washington University, and George Mason University. Early in her career, she was a commercial radio talk show host and writer and was awarded a Silver Gavel Award by the State Bar of New Mexico.