Creative Expression and the Law helps readers better comprehend the legal pitfalls that can present themselves when artists and content creators are generating ideas, producing content and protecting and defending their creative work. In doing so, the book provides a deeper, more targeted examination of copyright, trademark and right of publicity law than is found in standard communication law texts. This examination focuses on how courts scrutinize and apply law to works of artwork and other forms of creative expression and how the constitutional strength of a First Amendment defense can vary across the legal and artistic landscape.
The text approaches law as an evolving story shaped by the U.S. Constitution and its commitment to freedom of speech. It draws connections among the various legal areas and explains the purpose and development of each area of law. A set of lively cases that involve iconic brands, celebrities and expressive works are used to illustrate legal standards. Infographics and visual examples of creative work that found itself at the center of legal disputes help readers visualize abstract legal principles and rulings. These images are an important part of the text given the role that visual cues play in helping content creators learn, retain and utilize information.
Nancy J. Whitmore is a professor of journalism in the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism at Butler University. She served as director of the school from 2008 to 2016. Her scholarly work focuses largely on First Amendment theory and includes published research on free speech issues and economic expression. Throughout her academic career, she has taught a variety of journalism and public relations courses and has extensive teaching experience in media law.
This book is a gift to content creators as they seek to create and also protect their works. Dr. Whitmore’s clear and engaging writing illuminates court cases with examples from creative works and offers readers a necessary legal knowledge base and the tools to apply this knowledge in different contexts.
Creative Expression and the Law offers a fresh look at legal perils and protections for content creators and other communicators. Whitmore’s clear writing and contemporary examples make this book an asset for students interested in communications law.
Nancy Whitmore’s Creative Expression and the Law is a thoroughly sourced text that provides cases that are useful for understanding how the law pertains to advertising, film, and television industries. As someone who teaches courses related to business and laws of the entertainment industry, this text will be a valuable resource.
Creative Expression and the Law is an outstanding resource for content creators who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of how to protect their own rights—and avoid infringing on the rights of others. Whitmore’s clear and engaging writing style makes this book a must-read for student and professional content creators.
Bolded key terms throughout the book and end-of-chapter glossaries
Frequent legal term comparison charts to help student comprehension