Tracking the journey of PRCA 3330

Chapter 3- Avoiding Legal Hassles

Posted on: September 15, 2010

Chapter 3 of our text by Wilcox discusses defamation. Defamation, the collective term for slander and libel is an important topic when studying any kind of communication. Most speech is protected by the first amendment to the constitution, however defamatory speech is not. According to the text, for a defense of freedom of speech to stand up in court, one must make sure the context of the language surrounding the expression of opinion can be reviewed for possible defamation, the opinion statements be accompanied by facts on which the opinion is based, and that opinion statements can be clearly identified with quotation marks and attribution to a particular individual.

Chapter 3 also discusses copyright law. I realized that copyright was a serious issue, but I never knew how strict the laws were. I was surprised to find that copyright laws protect the work for the life of the creator + 70 years for individuals and +95 for corporations.

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