In This Article Communication Law

  • Introduction
  • Defamation
  • Commercial Speech
  • Broadcast Ownership and Regulation
  • Internet Law and Regulation
  • Public Access to Government Information

Communication Communication Law
by
Jennifer Henderson
  • LAST REVIEWED: 13 May 2016
  • LAST MODIFIED: 23 February 2011
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199756841-0024

Introduction

Communication Law encompasses the collection of legal and regulatory decisions related to individual and media expression. In the United States, communication law most directly deals with issues regarding First Amendment protections of speech and press. It is most often approached through topical analysis based on the source of regulation or target of litigation.

Instruction

Students wishing to better understand issues related to communication law have two primary options: coursework in the field of communication at the undergraduate or graduate levels or post-baccalaureate study in law. The goal of the former is to learn about legal issues related to the functions of media, primarily in the United States, although recently international survey courses on media law have been more widely offered. The goal of the latter is preparation for a legal career, possibly but not always, working in corporate, governmental, or nonprofit organizations interested in the function of media.

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