Subject Specialist

Media Law

Subject Guides

Research tools and sources for study of the laws regulating media and communication, including intellectual property, torts, and telecommunication law and the First Amendment ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.")

Finding the Law and Cases

 The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law
Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books, 2000.
Reference Room: 070.415 As78a

Mass Media and the Constitution: An Encyclopedia of Supreme Court Decisions. (Ref 343.0994 H642) New York: Garland, 1989.


  • FINS Global Information Age published by The Federal Information News Syndicate, tracks legislation about computing and telecommunications issues.
  • Hobbes' Internet Timeline - more techie and less graphical than the BBN Internet Timeline. But it includes Web links to sources and projects. A good place to start research about the Internet.
  • Jefferson Muzzles - Awards given to an individual or a groups as "a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press." Archives go back to 1991.
  • Propaganda Critic - The study and analysis of propaganda.
Citing your sources