Tom Crone's classic text has been thoroughly revised by an impressive team of legal experts. It provides an essential source of reference for the key legal issues encountered by those who work in the media such as journalists, editors and producers, as well as media lawyers. Topics covered include: Protection of Reputation Copyright and Rights Clearance New Media Breach of Confidence and Privacy The Data Protection Act 1998 Reporting Restrictions, Contempt of Court and Protection of Journalistic Sources The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Official Secrets Professional Regulatory Bodies and Advertising The Human Rights Act 1998 The Law in Scotland and the United States of America Comprehensive supplementary reference material is also provided, including a glossary of legal terms, addresses, telephone numbers and web sites of professional bodies, and specimen agreements including interview agreements and moral rights waivers. With contributions from: Terence Bergin, Marietta Cauchi, Jane Colston, Mark Cranwell, Charles de Fleurieu, Simon Dowson-Collins, David Green, Peter Grundberg, Rebecca Handler, Joanna Ludlam, Rosalind McInnes, Hugh Tomlinson and John Wadham.

Key Features

* A 'must-have' reference source for everyone in the media industry * Features contributions from experts in media law * Includes legal issues surrounding 'new media'


Journalists. Media and journalism students. Press, media, newsgathering and new media organisations. In-house lawyers, solicitors and other legal practitioners.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Defamation; Blasphemy, seditious Libel and criminal law; Copyright; New media; Rights clearance; Breach of confidence; The Data Protection Act 1998; The 'new' right to privacy; Reporting restrictions; Contempt of court; Protection of journalistic sources; Prior restraint; Obscenity, indecency and incitement to racial hatred; Freedom of information; Official secrets; Parliamentary proceedings and elections; Professional regulatory bodies; Advertising; The Human Rights Act 1998; The law in Scotland; The law in the United States of America; Appendix A: Glossary of terms; Appendix B: Professional bodies; Appendix C: Specimen agreements; Bibliography


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'A book which deserves to be within easy reach of journalists, writers and broadcasters at every stage of their working day.' Rosie Boycott, Former editor of the Independent, the Independent on Sunday and the Express. Presenter of BBC2's Life Etc and BBC Radio 4's A Good Read. 'No newsroom should be without 'Law and the Media' as a backup to help avoid the many pitfalls awaiting the uninformed reporter and sub.' Journalism Training (NCTJ quarterly) Reviews of previous editions: Tom Crone, with both journalistic and legal experience has written for the journalist who may not have much legal awareness. His clear, concise, no-nonsense approach will be of immense benefit to anyone who requires a 'quick fix' of knowledge in the quite intricate area of the law covered by this book.' Despatches 'This is a well written book that simplifies both legal jargon and argument' Journalism Lecturer '...this is a useful volume, with all the topis set out clearly and concisely in no-nonsense language, and individual subjects easy to find. Law and the Media should be within easy reach in newsrooms.' Mike Dodd, PA Mediapoint Website