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Magazine Law is a comprehensive guide to the law for magazine journalists, editors and managers. Written by a London barrister experienced in publishing and copyright law and a former magazine journalist, law lecturer and freelance journalist in Sitges, Spain, the book addresses the special needs of the magazine industry and explains how laws affecting the media are applied.
The legal and regulatory framework is illustrated with case studies and up-to-date examples of precedent setting cases. Topics covered include: the legal process and the distinction between criminal and civil law the role of the courts and reporting court procedure defamation, fair-comment and libel product testing and criticism copyright and passing off law for photographers, picture researchers and the use of illustrations privacy and trespass competition, lotteries and magazine promotion sub-editing errors and inaccurate copy ethical and professional issues facing journalists codes of Practice published by the Press Complaints Commission and National Union of Journalists. A glossary of legal terms is included.