Mass Media Law 2007-2008 15th Edition

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About the Author

Don R. Pember has a doctorate in mass communication law from the University of Wisconsin and is a Professor of Communications at the University of Washington, where he recently completed his 33rd year of teaching journalism and mass communication. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Society of Professional Journalists' Public Service Award.
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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Europe; 15th edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073126853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073126852
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,179,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Milkbone on July 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Buy last years edition at 98% off... ISBN# 0073378828

There is no reason this textbook needs to be republished every year. This is pure GREED by the publisher and authors. There is very little, to no new information in the new edition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2001
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I've just finished writing a paper for my Advanced Placement Journalism class about freedom of speech and obscenity over the radio. This book was one of my best sources. It portrayed Supreme Court cases and laws passed by Congress in great depth and detail and managed to write it all in a language most Americans will understand. I plan to use this book for every essay I can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CAK on February 27, 2011
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I purchased this text for a university course I am enrolled in. My review is based upon the first 4 chapters which I have read thus far. From those chapters and the ones I have generally perused in anticipation, I find this book very suitable for the course--it provides a concise view of the American legal system, the First Amendment,libel, privacy, copyright laws and much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janice Corbitt on April 18, 2012
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The book is informative and covered my class cirricula. The problem occered when the instructor assigned chapters 7, 8, and 9. Halfway through chapter 8 I saw a page was coming out of the book, it was page 290. In the last week three more pages have separated from the binding. The binding is breaking down and pages are detaching. The book is great, but the construction is inadequate, especially for the price.
I have been buying my textbooks from Amazon since July of 2009 when I began my degree programs and have never had this issue with paperback/soft cover books.
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By Michael on February 12, 2012
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This book not only offers a wonderful one chapter summary of the American legal system but also a great overview of Media law in terms that don't require a law degree to understand. I wouldn't encourage reading this outside of a classroom setting but if you are reading it for a class it can really help to supplement the ideas of the professor. Also, anyone who says this book does not need to be republished frequently clearly is missing a fundamental point of media law: the mass media and the law are ALWAYS changing. Year to year, and sometimes month to month, new laws are made and new standards set. Since you are probably reading this text as an undergrad you will already be years behind current standards and new laws when you enter your profession (if you don't keep up on your own that is). Imagine how far behind you'll be or lost in class you'll be if you buy a previous edition of this book. They do change critically, if only slightly, from edition to edition.
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By Journalism professor on January 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I teach mass media law and have used this text for years. It does a great job of providing the legal foundation all aspiring journalists need.
It is also a great reference book. As a former newspaper editor, I believe every editor and reporter should own this book.
Does it need to be updated every two years? Laws change. There are many pending court cases right now regarding the First Amendment and broadcasting, not to mention piracy of copyrighted material and the Internet.
While I also don't like having to update expensive books on a regular basis, it probably can't be avoided in this case.
I have read and used many mass media law books. This book, in my opinion, is the best.
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By Nathan Shepherd on February 10, 2014
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I choose this rating because the book is good. What I like about the book is that this book is current and comprehensive, market-leading textbook addresses the most relevant and important aspects of mass media law in the United States, stretching from the history and adoption of the First Amendment to the most recent judicial opinions, statutory enactments, and regulatory controversies affecting speech across the print, broadcast, cable and Internet media. What I dislike about the book is that it had a lot of pages to read. I would recommend this book to other people.
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By John on October 24, 2012
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This doesn't read like a dry, boring textbook. The content is very insightful and easy to understand without having to re-read sections or chapters multiple times.
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