Ashley Packard is associate professor of communication and digital media at University of Houston - Clear Lake, where she has chaired the communication program for the last five years. Beginning in the fall of 2007, she will give that up to chair the university's new graduate program in Digital Media Studies, which is the first of its kind in Texas. She teaches Media Law, Communication Ethics, and Mass Media and Society in the undergraduate Communication Program, and will teach a graduate seminar in Digital Media Law and Ethics in the Digital Media Studies program. She has recently completed an entry on Conflict of Laws for Blackwell's International Encyclopedia of Communication, and a chapter on Internet Law in the book Newspaper Competition in the Millennium, published in 2006. She publishes widely in journals such as the Journal of International Media and Entertainment, Communication Law and Policy, Journalism & Communication Monographs, Law/Technology, Legal Studies Forum, Communications and the Law and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law. This is her first book.