Publication (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
Making something known to the community at large, exhibiting, displaying, disclosing, or revealing.
Publication is the act of offering something for the general public to inspect or scrutinize. It means to convey knowledge or give notice.
In COPYRIGHT law, publication is making a book or other written material available to anyone interested by distributing or offering it for sale. In the law of LIBEL AND SLANDER, publication means communicating the statement in issue to a third person other than the plaintiff (the individual whom the alleged defamatory statement concerns).
Publication of a will refers to the testator's informing the witnesses to the document of his or her intent to have the instrument operate as a will.
In the procedural rules governing the PRACTICE OF LAW, publication of a summons is the process of publishing it in a newspaper, when required by law, in order to notify a defendant of the lawsuit.
(The entire section is 151 words.)
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