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I have assumed the primary authorship of Wayne Overbeck’s best-selling communications law textbook, Major Principles of Media Law. I hope to continue providing the comprehensive, easy-to-read textbook that instructors and students have become accustomed to over the past 30 years of its publication. I will retain Dr. Overbeck’s primary focus: “to present a clear and concise summary of the law for mass communications students.”

We continue the tradition of providing post-publication updates to the textbook online. Click the "Developments" button above for the 2010 preface, including an overview of the changes to this edition. Check back regularly to catch the latest updates, and check out my blog for more details.

I welcome your comments and suggestions. Please feel free to email me. I look forward to the challenge of this textbook, and I thank Dr. Overbeck for his trust and confidence in me.

Genelle Belmas, Ph.D.
August 24, 2009