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Communications and Media Law

Communications and media law consists of the legal issues that deal with the telecommunications and media industries. These laws and regulations mostly impact telephone, television, and radio communications companies as well as the journalists, publishers, writers, and reports working for them. However, the growing presence of small businesses on social media, online advertisers, and other social media platforms is broadening the application of this type of law.

With the advancement of technology in the communication and media industry, the legal issues are constantly evolving. This makes it essential to work with a competent communications and media attorney to protect your rights whether you run a small business or work for a large telecommunications company.

Types of Communications & Media Law Issues

While there are an extensive number of topics communications and media law encompasses, the most common legal issues in this industry are:

  • Freedom of speech: the right of an individual to express themselves verbally, written, or artistically without fear of government interference or censorship
  • Freedom of press: the right that enables media to report content without fear of government interference or censorship
  • Copyright: the exclusive right of a copyright holder to display, perform, reproduce, distribute, or create derivative works from their original piece and protects against unauthorized uses of their work
  • Defamation: this cause of action protects against others from publishing or speaking false information that results in ridicule, embarrassment, and damage of reputation
  • Consumer protection: this issues pertain to interactions with consumers and how businesses collect, store, and distribute information about consumers for marketing
  • Privacy: these claims cover public disclosure of private information, publicizing a person in false light that may not be defamatory, appropriating someone’s name or likeness for benefits, and physical or electronic intrusions into one’s privacy

Should I Hire An Attorney?

These legal issues may be as simple as a small business owner trying to sue over a defamatory review on a website or may be as complicated as the government censoring your marketing campaign. Whether you are bringing a claim or a claim is brought against you, communication and media lawsuits often deal with multiple legal issues.

Communications and media law claims have the potential to not only involve your state law, but also federal laws and regulations. This makes it all the more important to find a knowledgeable attorney to navigate these issues.

Speak to an Experienced Media Law Attorney Today

This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified media lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local media attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.

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