Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Media Law and Policy In the Internet Age: A New Publication Available From Bloomsbury @hartpublishing

Now available from Bloomsbury/Hart Publishing:


Media Law and Policy in the Internet Age (Doreen Weisenhaus and Simon N. M. Young, eds., Bloomsbury, 2017).

Here from the publisher's website is a description of the book's contents.

The Internet brings opportunity and peril for media freedom and freedom of expression. It enables new forms of publication and extends the reach of traditional publishers, but its power increases the potential damage of harmful speech and invites state regulation and censorship as well as manipulation by private and commercial interests.  In jurisdictions around the world, courts, lawmakers and regulators grapple with these contradictions and challenges in different ways with different goals in mind. The media law reforms they are adopting or considering contain crucial lessons for those forming their own responses or who seek to understand how technology is driving such rapid change in how information and opinion are distributed or restricted.  In this book, many of the world's leading authorities examine the emerging landscape of reform in nations with variable political and legal contexts. They analyse developments particularly through the prisms of defamation and media regulation, but also explore the impact of technology on privacy law and national security.   Whether as jurists, lawmakers, legal practitioners or scholars, they are at the front lines of a story of epic change in how and why the Internet is changing the nature and raising the stakes of 21st century communication and expression.





Among the many interesting essays in the book: Peter Noorlander (Defending Media Freedom in the Internet Age), Lord Lester of Herne Hill (Free Speech, Reputation and Media Intrusion: Law Reform Now), Andrew Kenyon (Rethinking Reynolds: Defending Public Interest Speech), Paul Schabas and Adam Lazier (Defamation Law in Canada and England: Emerging Differences), and Peter Bartlett (Privacy Down Under). The emphasis is on UK and Commonwealth law, but also includes some essays on Chinese and Philippine law. However, US readers will find a great deal to reward them in this publication. The editors have also included a Table of Cases, a Table of Legislation, and an extensive index.

The book is available in hardcover, ePub, and PDF formats.

The publisher is offering a 20 percent discount: use the discount code CV7 at the website.

Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with a review copy at no charge for a fair and honest review.

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