These notes are taken from Chapter 12, Public Relations and the Law, from the text of Public Relations: Strategies and Tactics.

Chapter 12 focused on an extremely detailed and essential aspect of Public Relations: all the legal issues and laws. These laws and technical requirements must be followed exactly, or will inevitably result in a lot of damage being done.

The broad categories of laws are as follows: Invasion of Privacy, which incorporates all information and photo release laws; Copyright Law, which protects the rights of the writers; Trademark Law, which protects all trademarked information; Regulations by Government Agencies, which incorporates the Federal Trade Comission and the Federal Trade Commission; and other Federal Regulatory Agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration.