E x a m 2 s t u d y g u i d e : L i b e l & P r i v a c y
THE CASES: Cases for which you will be held responsible are all those on your syllabus for Unit 2 (24 questions each) plus cases discussed in class and listed on the Unit 2 case list (12 questions each if not on syllabus).
Please consult the "How to Study Cases" document. For each case, know the basic facts of the case, the issues at hand, the decision in the matter, what precedent(s) the case set, and how the case relates to other cases on similar issues. Where dissenting opinion is significant, you should have some idea what that dissent was all about.
∙ Time v. Hill
∙ Hustler v. Falwell
Helpful materials may be found at the class Web site including material under “General resources” and under Unit 2. One document in the class Web site that will be especially helpful in studying for this exam is the New York Times v. Sullivan video embedded in the "Libel Cases" document. We also discuss several other topics like How big are the particles in a suspension?
Use materials (flashcards, quiz, study materials etc.) on the textbook Web site to bolster your understanding. Don't forget about the age old question of What is the probability of survival to age 70 for huntergatherers?
YOUR NOTES: All material covered during lecture will be fair game for the exam.
ASSIGNED READING: All material in the assigned reading (much of which involves cases we discussed in class and their importance in developing the body of mass communications law). Among your reading, you should be especially sensitive to these terms and concepts:
Note: Some of these terms may be listed under other terms, like “publishing.” Some terms may be in notes and not in the book (check index AND glossary) and vice versa.
Libel & Privacy terminology
absolute privilege abuse of process actual malice
bootstrapping chilling effect We also discuss several other topics like What forms ribosomes by binding with proteins?
New York Times Rule
public figure (different classes of) public official (vs. public figure) publication
damages: actual, special, presumed, and punitive
disclosure of private facts
dictum / dicta Don't forget about the age old question of What is an extreme phenotype is favored over other phenotypes?
We also discuss several other topics like What is the probability will be an exact number?
Don't forget about the age old question of What is the tennis court oath?
libel per quod
libel per se
limited issue public figure
reckless disregard for truth
right of publicity
single publication / mistake rule (libel) slander
statute of limitations