This outline is designed for a COMM 120 (Laws on Communication and Mass Media) (as designated by the University of the Philippines) or any similar media law course for undergraduate mass communication students. It strives to be flexible and responsive to particular needs of a media law course taker, whether that student is in journalism, broadcast communication, film, communications research, communication arts, development communication, or any other related (or even unrelated!) degree program.
I don't consider myself, by any means, to be a media law expert. I have limited private practice experience in media law litigation, save for intellectual property law. My experience with teaching is very limited, and I've never held any teaching positions at any academic institution anywhere. However, I've always been interested in ways of communicating law and legal concepts to persons outside the media profession, especially to people may one day be charged with communicating law and legal concepts to a broader audience.
Some parts of this outline come from my own experience teaching media law concepts to third and fourth year law students in preparation for media law moot court competitions. I am greatly indebted to my boss, whose Constitutional law framework for human rights has been indispensable for the philosophy and structure of this outline.
All versions are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. In simple terms: you are free to copy, share, and modify the outline, but you must 1) credit me 2) not use the outline for commercial purposes and 3) place any transformations of the outline under the same CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
The outline is typeset in Century Supra, Concourse, and Triplicate, all designed by Matthew Butterick. An editable text version of the outline, which shall be typeset in Calibri only, is available upon request.