Presentation on theme: "MODULE 3: RESPONSIBILITY. As responsible journalists, staffs have obligations. Legal decisions have affected students’ rights. Statement of policy can."— Presentation transcript:
As responsible journalists, staffs have obligations. Legal decisions have affected students’ rights. Statement of policy can establish guidelines.
Libel is a false printed statement that defames a person’s good name. Truth is a defense against a charge of libel. Intending a joke is not a defense.
Material that belongs to someone cannot be used without permission. Copyright law protects the rights of individuals to control the use of their intellectual property.
Certain material such as titles, phrases and slogans can be trademark protected. Yearbook staffs must get permission from the owner.
FIRST AMENDMENT | The foundation of our democratic society, protects the rights of all citizens. First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States 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.