ERIC Number: ED370144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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The Impact of the Law on the Practice of Public Relations Discourse.
Pohl, Gayle M.
A review of the literature useful for public relations researchers and students explored the primary legal concerns that public relations practitioners face, including first amendment rights, insider trading, regulations when working with foreign organizations, disclosure, privacy, copyright/trademark law, advertising, and defamation. Public relations law exists in the gray area of regulative and legislative actions. Without exceptions, though, every area of the practice of public relations involves the rights and restrictions of ethical discourse. All written materials and verbal agreements must be legally sound. Every practitioner must discover and be aware and abide by these laws and governmental actions to properly serve their clients on an ethical and democratic manner. Further complicating the role of the public relations practitioner is the need to discover, adapt, and change to demands in the international marketplace as well as in the multinational organization. (A model photograph release, the International Bill of Rights of the United Nations, and the Code of Professional Standards for the Practice of Public Relations are attached. Contains 26 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Professional Concerns
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Washington, DC, April 27-May 1, 1994).