Advertisement and Freedom of Expression

Advertising & Freedom of Expression
Zanetta Eave, Brandi Grimaldi, Amy Lyons, Erin Brubach
September 1, 2014
Instructor Billy Strickland

Advertising & Freedom of Expression
Even though advertisement and commercial speech can be regulated as deceptive, advertisement is protected by the First Amendment. Advertising is a commercial part of the media. The commercial marketplace provides a forum where ideas and information may flourish.
    The authors’ of this paper will discuss the First Amendment. The First Amendment is the focal point of this paper. The authors will discuss the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of expression and also the freedom of religion, which supports the individual or community. The authors will also examine how advertisement is protected under the First Amendment with different cases such as Miller v. California, including other related cases. Commercial speech is common in regarding advertisement and this speech is usually done on behalf of a company or individual with the objective of a profit. The objective is to usually have the audience to participate in a particular action. Media law is another important factor that will be elaborated on, which involves ethics. Ethics and law will be discussed within this paper. It is important that journalists understands Media Law. Not only for their benefit but also for their sources. “In theory, ethics justifies laws and legal practices"( law). Media Libel Law and Media Privacy and Related Law are too included, along with associated cases. Media law also embraces numerous legal fields such as: advertisement, copyright, defamation, confidentiality, privacy and freedom of information, just to name a few. Lastly, the overall analysis of the freedom of expression will be examined, including the history of advertising from past to present. There are issues of advertising in the media for example, copyright, prior restraint,...