American Exceptionalism, the French Exception, and Digital Media Law

American Exceptionalism, the French Exception, and Digital Media Law

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This volume explores and explains sameness and difference between the United States and France in the matters of freedom of expression on the Internet, the management of the tensions that arise between freedom of expression and the right of privacy of public figures, the comparative role of interest groups in the regulation of Internet content in both countries, the intellectual property implications of the digitization and transfer of journalistic works from print to searchable electronic databases, how courts in the United States and France managed the copyright issues that were triggered by the Google Book Search project, as well as the clash between intellectual property rights and freedom of expression in the area of parody or "gripe" web sites on the Internet. The volume presents American exceptionalism and the French exception as functionally equivalent logics that lead to different freedom of expression outcomes. This book makes a significant contribution to comparative communication law studies, an area that has not received serious academic more

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  • Hardback | 330 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 28mm | 399.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1 tables
  • 0739181122
  • 9780739181126

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A highly sophisticated and important work that should not only move the field of communication law and policy into a new era, but do the same for the study of comparative law, legal globalization, Internet governance, law and society, and, indeed, international relations. -- Sandra Braman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee This book offers a superb investigation of French and American exceptionalism, a value in national philosophies and practices that has not received sufficient attention in communication scholarship. Eko's work provides new ways of charting exceptionalism's role in the development of legal regimes around intellectual property, freedom of speech and technological innovations, enriching our understanding of global media with its compelling depth and power. -- Sharon L. Strover, University of Texas, Austinshow more

About Lyombe S. Eko

Lyombe Eko is associate professor and director of graduate studies in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. He is also Co-Director of the African Studies more

Table of contents

Part I: Theoretical Approaches Chapter 1: American Exceptionalism, the French Exception, and Digital Media Law Chapter 2: Freedom of Expression in The United States and France: Political, Ideological & Cultural Contexts Chapter 3: American Exceptionalism and Internet Law Chapter 4: The French Exception (L'Exception Francaise) and Digital Media Law Part II: Case Studies: Exceptionalism and Media Law in the United States and France Chapter 5: New Media, Same Old Sex Scandals: Comparative Exceptionalism, Freedom of Expression and Invasion of Privacy in France and the United States Chapter 6: Intellectual Property Law and the Transfer of Collective Journalistic Works from Real Space to Cyberspace: The Case of the United States and France Chapter 7: New Media, Old Interest Groups: Civil Society and Digital Media Law in the United States and France Chapter 8: Google Books, "Linguistic Capitalism" and the Exceptional Intellectual Property Law Regimes of the United States and France Chapter 9: Intellectual Property, Freedom of Expression, and Regulation of Internet "Gripe Sites" in the United States and Franceshow more