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MSU - COMM 4313 - Class Notes - Week 1

School: Mississippi State University
Department: Communications
Course: Mass Communications Law
Professor: Larry Straout
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: 1st, amendment, Law, communication, journalism, Justice, and speech
Name: Mass Comm Law Week 1 Notes
Description: Introduction to the course as well as an overview of the 1st amendment and the role of SCOTUS
Uploaded: 08/23/2016
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background image Mass comm law fall 2016
8-17
Agenda Current events: vanity plates
Origin of free speech and mass comm law
1
st  amendment 1 st  amendment theories SCOTUS and how it works Current events:
Feminists and atheists now allowed in NJ to proclaim their beliefs on 
vanity license plates as a result of a settlement.
“8THIEST” – plate in question
State violated 1
st  amendment rights when state allowed the same  applicant to have the tag “BABTIST”  approved. - example of regulation of content
- settlement allows for feminist, LGBT, atheist, etc plates 
THIS SEMESTER: we’ll talk a lot about 1 st  amendment, privacy* (special attention to that), news gathering, source protection, free press, fair 
trial, obscenity, copyright, telecommunications
ENGLAND: the origin of modern mass comm and free speech laws
Status quo was challenged in the US colonies
1. Seditious Libel: punishes critics of gov’t  whether statement is  true or not 2. Licensing or “Prior Restraint”: printers must get approval from  gov’t or church before printing handbills, pamphlets, or 
newspapers.
3. Bonds: large sums of money deposited to gov’t and forfeited if  material is published and found in violation of what the gov’t 
wanted.
IMPORTANT MIDTERM INFO: Know that 1 st  amendment is applicable to  the GOVERNMENT’S RESTRICTION of PRESS, SPEECH, RELIGION, 
PETITION, AND ASSEMBLY!
Originally written as “congress shall not...” SCOTUS expanded that to 
all government entities
1 st  amendment should not be confused with the 2 nd  amendment (right  to bear arms) 4 th  amendment- prohibition of slavery 6 th  amendment- right to a speedy and public trial these next are less important but still relevant:
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th  amendment – prohibition of slavery

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School: Mississippi State University
Department: Communications
Course: Mass Communications Law
Professor: Larry Straout
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: 1st, amendment, Law, communication, journalism, Justice, and speech
Name: Mass Comm Law Week 1 Notes
Description: Introduction to the course as well as an overview of the 1st amendment and the role of SCOTUS
Uploaded: 08/23/2016
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