November 24, 2009
Copyright law and what it means to a working journalist.
Slideshow to accompany lecture on copyright and fair use, including Harper & Row Publishers v. Nation Enterprises, which lays out the four-part test.
November 20, 2009
A closer look at privacy
How Brandeis’s theories affected media law, from the Three Stooges to the Rev. Jerry Falwell.
Slideshow to accompany lecture on the four types of privacy law.
November 17, 2009
Privacy and the press
From Brandeis to Roe v. Wade, a brief history of a troublesome right.
Slideshow to accompany lecture on Warren and Brandeis’s classic Harvard Law Review article, The Right to Privacy (1890), and the principles it lays out.
November 6, 2009
Times v. Sullivan: The sequels
A landmark libel decision leads to years of defining its reach.
Slideshow to accompany second lecture on libel law, covering Gertz v. Robert Welch, Harte-Hanks v. Connaughton, Milkovich v. Lorain Journal, and more.
November 3, 2009
Libel and the media
Times v. Sullivan ushers in an uncertain new age of press freedom.
Slideshow to accompany lecture on libel law.
October 27, 2009
Freedom of Information Act
Balancing the right to know and privacy rights in the computer age.
Slideshow to accompany lecture on FOIA, U.S. Department of Justice v. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Miller v. National Broadcasting Company, and Houchins v. KQED.
October 16, 2009
A constitutional clash — with the media on the losing end.
Slideshow to accompany lecture on Branzburg v. Hayes and the evolving (and devolving) state the reporter’s privilege.
October 6, 2009
Free press, fair trial
When constitutional rights come into conflict.
Slideshow to accompany lecture on Sheppard v. Maxwell, Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart, Press Enterprise II, and other key cases on the constitutional tension between the First and Sixth Amendments.
October 2, 2009
The limits of prior restraint
How far can the press go?
Slideshow to accompany lecture on Schenck v. U.S., Near v. Minnesota, New York Times v. U.S., and various stops in between.
September 29, 2009
The 14th Amendment
From states’ rights to equal protection under the law
Slideshow to accompany lecture on how Gitlow v. New York advanced freedom of the press.
September 25, 2009
The roots of free speech
A whirlwind, 216-year tour from Queen Elizabeth to Thomas Jefferson
Slideshow to accompany lecture on the history of free speech.
September 22, 2009
The First Amendment
Are you an absolutist or a relativist?
Slideshow to accompany lecture on Nat Hentoff and Robert Bork.
September 15, 2009
The American legal system
Slideshow to accompany lecture on the basics of U.S. law.