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"Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." - First Amendment, U.S. Constitution

Freedom of the press is one of the most fundamental liberties guaranteed in American society, yet paradoxically, media law can often be complex and confusing.

In the past, media law has been separated into two areas - telecommunications and print - but the explosion of the Internet and other digital information sources has clearly reshaped the industry landscape, creating both opportunities and pitfalls that make having an experienced and knowledgeable guide paramount.

But first, a little history lesson to understand why this is so:

The Communications Act of 1934 was first established to regulate interstate and foreign communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in "the public interest." That is, for the public good. The Federal Communications Commission is assigned this duty, with specific bureaus to address specific mediums.

This regulation always remains within the boundaries of the First Amendment, which also has been strengthened by laws such as the Freedom of Information Act, which seeks to increase the public's access to government information, and Privacy Act, which ensures Americans have accurate, relevant and timely access to personal information maintained by agencies, yet also protects such private information from certain parties.

If this were not complicated enough, Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as a sweeping reform of the 1934 Act. Its goal is, fancy language aside, to make it possible for anyone enter the communications business and, once in business, to compete against other outlets in any market.

A few years later, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act was established to address Internet issues and other technologies used to bypass copy protection devices. The bill was originally supported by the software and entertainment industries, and opposed by scientists, librarians, and academics.

These new laws and their dramatic business and consumer implications are being vigorously debated in courts across the United States. To protect your interests and peace of mind, let our firm navigate these deep and choppy waters for you.


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The New Jersey law firm of Eric M. Bernstein & Associates, L.L.C. provides personalized client services in complex areas of law.

Eric Martin Bernstein, Esq. - Principal
Philip G. George, Esq. - Of Counsel
Brian M. Hak, Esq. - Of Counsel
Phillip A. LaPorta, Esq. - Of Counsel
Dominic P. DiYanni, Esq. - Associate


Eric M. Bernstein & Associates are experienced attorneys in the following practice areas:
  Labor & Employment Law
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  Litigation Law
  Internet Law / First Amendment Law
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