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Media Law Matrix

After reading Ch. 16 of the text, identify at least five laws relating to media regulation. Explain how the laws affect mass media and the public. Provide a brief description of ethical issues and considerations. Describe how these ethical considerations are related to the laws you have identified.

Mass Media Laws
Law Effects
Related Ethical Issues
Intellectual Property
People have a legal right to get income from what they have created and charging for their use. So, People that disperses someone else’s copyrighted property is illegal.
John Lech Johansen was a programmer in Norway that devised a code to bypass the encryption on DVD’s and allowed people to file share them on the internet. He did not break the laws that where in place at that time.
Free Expression
Although the United States constitution states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
During WW1 American citizens were jailed if they were considered anti-war activists. Similar things have happened throughout history. Similar issues occurred in the Patriot act of 2001
Defamation
When the media says things that decimate the character of a person or business, They are at risk of being sued. Broadcasts and Publications have to pay close attention to the wording so that it is just plain facts and make sure that what they are saying is completely true.
Government’s officials and political candidates are interesting to look at when learning about this subject. Courts look past statements given by political parties when there is a wide open discussion.
Broadening Protection
A 1930 tariff law was used as an import restriction to intercept James Joyce’s Ulysses at the docks because of four-letter words and explicit sexual

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