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Communication Law in America is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow overview of the complicated ways in which U.S. law determines who may say what to (and about) whom. Beginning with a clear explanation of the structure and history of the U.S. legal system, Siegel looks at how and why this country has come to place value on the freedom of speech, perhaps above other, sometimes_competing freedoms. He covers the key legal concerns affecting media today, including First Amendment principles, common laws, constitutional considerations, libel laws, invasion of privacy, copyright and trademark, access to government information, covering the judiciary, protecting news sources, advertising, sexual messages and obscenity laws, broadcast regulations, the Internet, and more. This fresh fourth edition has been extensively reworked to weave the role of Internet law throughout the text. Changes in communications law related to Facebook, privacy, and the 2013 suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz who was facing an aggressive prosecution for unauthorized copying of scholarly articles from Jstor using MIT's hardware make this updated edition an essential purchase. A brand new chapter on First Amendment rights in the schools has also been added. The text features icons at key instructional points where author Paul Siegel's regularly updated companion Web site has relevant content for students includes over 200 photographs and over 70 videos.