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Communications and Media Law Issues

Communications and media law encompasses all legal issues affecting the media and telecommunications industries. These issues include free speech issues, defamation, copyright, and censorship. There are also issues involving privacy and whether content may be printed, broadcast over the air, or published online.

Communications and media law used to primarily affect journalists, publishers, and large telephone companies. But since the advent of the Internet and desktop publishing, everyday people are just as likely to face similar legal complications. Restaurants may sue people who post defamatory reviews online, and blogging websites might be forced to remove content that violates its terms of service. Responding to these possible infringements may require the legal expertise of a lawyer.

Terms to Know

·         Freedom of Speech - The right to express information, ideas, and opinions free of government restrictions based on content and subject only to reasonable limitations, as guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution

·         Media - All forms of communication, usually related to news platforms; the plural of medium, which is a single form of communication, such as print

·         Copyright - A person's exclusive statutory right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, and create derivative works from his or her original work of authorship

·         Censorship - The act of suppressing all or some of someone's creative work

·         Telecommunication - Any form of communication through a wire or electronic device, especially a phone or Internet connection

·         Prior Restraint - The governmental review and suppression of speech before the expression of speech actually takes place; usually unconstitutional

Other Considerations When Hiring a Communications and Media Lawyer

Communication and media law is becoming increasingly important to everyday citizens who interact online. The law draws very fine lines between many legally permissible forms of speech and unprotected speech that could expose you to liability. What may seem like a constitutionally protected opinion to you may, in fact, be defamatory statement for which you could be liable.

What you may think is a fair use tribute to your favorite television show may actually be copyright infringement. This is why it is important to consult an experienced attorney immediately if your content is taken down by a website or if you receive a "cease and desist" letter. Getting legal aid quickly can help you identify any allegedly offending matter and know when you do not have to comply.

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Merry Ellen Lindberg
Merry Ellen Lindberg
12

1000 Southern Boulevard, Second Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Bar #308102(FL)     License for 1980 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Communications and media | Discrimination | Employment and labor
Joseph Andrew Wilson
Joseph Andrew Wilson
11

307 S Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502-5929

Bar #525189(FL)     License for 2001 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Civil rights | Communications and media | Medical malpractice | Personal injury
Carlos Carrillo
Carlos Carrillo
9

2821 NW 23rd Ter, Gainesville, FL 32605-2861

Bar #500356(FL)     License for 1985 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Communications and media | Workers compensation
Darren J. Spielman
Darren J. Spielman
8

6400 North Andrews Avenue Suite 500, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Bar #10868(FL)     License for 2005 years

Practice Areas: Communications and media | Copyright infringement | Entertainment | Intellectual property | Internet | Litigation | Trademark infringement
Christene Miele Ertl
Christene Miele Ertl
7

8818 Goodbys Executive Drive, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32217-4605

Bar #269300(FL)     License for 2000 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Business | Commercial real estate | Communications and media | Copyright infringement | Intellectual property | Real estate | Trademark application | Trademark infringement
Edward Bryan Carlstedt
Edward Bryan Carlstedt
6

101 E Kennedy Blvd Ste 900, Tampa, FL 33602-5133

Bar #136972(FL)     License for 1998 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Civil rights | Communications and media | Employment and labor | Litigation
Edward Louis Birk
Edward Louis Birk
6

1200 Riverplace Blvd Ste 800, Jacksonville, FL 32207-1805

Bar #68462(FL)     License for 1995 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Civil rights | Communications and media | Employment and labor
Leonard Peter Reina
Leonard Peter Reina
6

255 8th St S, Naples, FL 34102-6123

Bar #325716(FL)     License for 1981 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Arbitration | Communications and media | Mediation | Real estate
Eric Jonathan Partlow
Eric Jonathan Partlow
5

101 E Kennedy Blvd Ste 4000, Tampa, FL 33602-5152

Bar #556531(FL)     License for 2002 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Arbitration | Banking | Class action | Communications and media | Construction and development | Gaming | Intellectual property | Internet | Lawsuits and disputes | Litigation | Real estate | Tax
Catherine F Ackerman
Catherine F Ackerman
4

500 N.E. 8th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470

Bar #698733(FL)     License for 1987 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Communications and media | Elder law | Family | Probate | Real estate
Douglas James Kress
Douglas James Kress
3

11410 North Jog Road - Suite 100, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418-1753

Bar #61146(FL)     License for 2008 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Arbitration | Civil rights | Communications and media | Construction and development | Insurance | Libel and slander | Litigation | Mediation | Medical malpractice | Personal injury
Michael Keith Lipscomb
Michael Keith Lipscomb
3

25 Southeast 2nd Ave., 8th Floor, Miami, FL 33131

Bar #429554(FL)     License for 2000 years

Practice Areas: Communications and media | Intellectual property | Litigation

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