"Media and Entertainment Law is an excellent, thought provoking and well-structured textbook for students. Supplemented with easy-to-use-features, it will make study easier for the busy student", Howard Johnson, Former Deputy Head of Law, Bangor University
"Both undergraduate and postgraduate students engaging with the multitude of media related functions will find a welcome companion in Media and Entertainment Law", Ken Brown, Lecturer in Law, Bournemouth University
This is a quote from international media lawyer Mark Stephens CBE from the book launch 6 May 2011 at the Frontline Club:
"The book is absolutely amazing. It is the first book to mention superinjunctions. This book is incredibly accessible; it is so insightful. For example, it contains the single publication rule from the Libel Reform Bill. The book will help academics and students alike because they will have these little reminding features and thought boxes, as well as the most up-to date case studies. The book has picked up well on privacy issues, not just for adults but also for the rights of children and their right to privacy, independent of their parents. The book acknowledges Scots law and the, at times, different rulings by the Scottish courts."
"Despite covering such a wide range of legal topics, Media & Entertainment Law is well-structured and superbly laid out. For me, the most striking feature of the text is its readability: pages are quickly turned and key points are driven home by the use of excellent examples." – The Student Law Journal
About the Author
Ursula Smartt has authored a number of legal textbooks, specializing in media and entertainment law, criminal law and the criminal process – with an emphasis on comparative aspects with European jurisprudence. She is a law lecturer at Portsmouth University with external examining duties at Plymouth University and Cornwall colleges. Ursula serves as a magistrate on the Surrey Bench in Guildford.
She has undertaken extensive independent prison research with projects funded by the Home Office and European, US and Australian Ministries of Justice, largely in the area of prisoner labour and correctional industries. Apart from prisons and penitentiaries in eight EU countries, she has inspected HMP Grand Turk on the Turks and Caicos Islands, death row facilities at St Quentin, California and the mother and baby unit at one of the largest prisons in the world, Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
For her popular book, Grendon Tales (2001, Waterside Press), she spent two years at the high security prison HMP Grendon near Aylesbury where she interviewed long term and lifer prisoners undergoing psychotherapy at this rather remote and unknown establishment.
Ursula Smartt was awarded a visiting Professorship at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg, Germany in 2001, for her comparative research into stalking and harassment.
Another of her most successful books is ‘Media Law for Journalists’ (2006, Sage Publications) which was adopted by the BBC’s journalist training college and has been used by foreign journalists around the world as a basis for working in the UK or understanding the British legal system.Ursula is now an associate lecturer at Surrey University in Media Law, in addition to her part time law lecturing post at Portsmouth University.