Media Law

Jack M. Balkin and Adam S. Cohen


The casebook for the course will be Franklin, Anderson and Lidsky, Mass Media Law: Cases and Materials (7th ed. 2005), with the 2009 Supplement.  Additional materials will be available online.

1. Defamation (9/13/2010)


Additional reading (optional)



2.  Privacy and other communications torts (9/20/2010)

A. Privacy


B. Infliction of Emotional Distress


C. Economic Harm




3. Prior Restraint and National Security (9/27/2010)


4. Broadcast and Cable Regulation (10/04/2010)


5. Content Regulation in Broadcast Media and the Internet (10/11/2010)

A. Indecency


B. Incitement and Aiding and Abetting



6. The Legal Regulation of Newsgathering (10/25/2010)



7. Press Privileges (11/01/2010)


8.  Access to Judicial Proceedings (11/08/2010)


9. Access to Government Information
(11/15/2010)



10. Copyright
(11/29/2010)

A. Fair Use


B. Intermediary liability for copyright infringement


11. Intermediary Liability on the Internet
(12/06/2010)

A. Section 230


B. Intermediaries and Cyberbullying



12. Broadband Regulation and Network Neutrality
(12/13/2010)



13. The Future of News and New Business Models for Journalism
(12/15/2010)

A. The Problem


B. Proposals