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NEWLY REVISED FOR 2016: Free Speech Law for On Premise Signs by Daniel R. Mandelker. The USSC is pleased to make this Handbook available, updating the original 2012 publication. Free Speech Law is a scholarly publication designed for the both the layperson and the professional, and it examines First Amendment principles and court decisions that affect the regulation of signs. The 2016 revision is also updated in light of the recent US Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Gilbert. Professor Mandelker is the Stamper Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is a leading scholar and teacher of land use law, state and local government law, property law and environmental law. Click here for a Free PDF download.

USSC introduces its new Model On-Premise Sign Code. A comprehensive model for local regulation of on-premise signs. Click here to view.USSC introduces its new Model On-Premise Sign Code. A comprehensive model for local regulation of on-premise signs. Click here to view.

USSC has now made available a new and updated edition of the landmark publication "USSC Best Practices Guideline Standards for On-Premise Signs". This new 2015 edition has been updated to include all of the latest USSC Foundation research and includes new standards for parallel signs as well as standards for sign illumination at night. Click here for a FREE PDF download.

NEW study by Duke University Professor of Economics, David McAdams. THE ECONOMICS OF ON-PREMISE SIGNS. This study discusses the relationship between the economics of sign regulations and game theory. It answers the question -- are signs and economic activity all just one large zero sum game. Click here for a Free PDF download. Also, INTRODUCTION TO GAME THEORY AND ON-PREMISE SIGN REGULATION by Richard Crawford. This companion piece to Dr. McAdams' study explains the basic principles of zero sum game theory in layman's terms and how it directly relates to sign regulation. Click here for a Free PDF download.

NEW study: On-Premise Electronic Message Center (EMC) Lighting Levels. This study was conducted in 2 phases. Phase One consists of a review of existing research and practices on EMC brightness at night, including sign industry knowledge and technical standards from EMC manufacturers. This information was then used to design a methodology to test EMC lighting levels and sign brightness. Phase Two of the research was conducted at the test track of the Larson Transportation Institute at Pennsylvania State University. The research provides a maximum luminance level at night for EMC signs. Click here for a Free PDF download.

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