Regulatory Rumblings

ICANN 54 Meeting in Dublin: Next Steps

Posted: Nov 30, 2015 9:00am ET

In late October, ICANN once again convened its global meeting, this time in Dublin. As usual, there was no consensus on the way forward.


AMA’s Proposal on Prescription Drug Advertising is Wrong and Misguided

Posted: Nov 19, 2015 9:00am ET

In a surprise vote on Tuesday at the Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), the physician group adopted a policy aimed at banning direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical advertising. The group will now begin lobbying Congress for a ban on these ads.


Advertising’s Key Role

Posted: Nov 16, 2015 3:45pm ET

A new report released today examines advertising’s contribution to U.S. GDP and the economy in general. The report found that advertising contributed an astounding $3.4 trillion to the U.S. GDP in 2014, comprising 19 percent of the nation’s total economic output. This is roughly equal to the total GDP of Germany.


Changes in House Leadership Increase Prospect for Tax Reform

Posted: Nov 5, 2015 3:00pm ET

Congress has just experienced some exceptionally significant changes in the past weeks. John Boehner’s retirement led to the elevation of Paul Ryan (WI-1) as the new Speaker of the House last week, vacating his former position as Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee. Now, Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-8) has become the new Committee Chair.


Recent Court Cases have Major Implications for Advertisers – Part 1

Posted: Oct 30, 2015 9:15am ET

The First Amendment is the ultimate safety net for the marketing community. Since 1976, advertising has been afforded strong constitutional protection in a series of decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.


A New Bombshell From ICANN: All Rights Protection Mechanisms (“RPMs”) For All gTLDs Under Review

Posted: Oct 12, 2015 10:30am ET

As the Dublin meeting of ICANN approaches, the two major topics of discussion were to be Accountability (reforming ICANN accountability mechanisms) and IANA Transition (how the technical functions of ICANN are to be handled post-US government supervision).


ANA Statement on the Invalidation of the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement

Posted: Oct 7, 2015 11:00am ET

Yesterday’s landmark European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruling declaring the EU-US Safe Harbor agreement immediately invalid has raised many potentially serious barriers to international information transfer that, if not resolved quickly, could hobble businesses, including the advertising sector, which operate in both the United States and in Europe.


EU-US Safe Harbor Pact Under Fire

Posted: Oct 2, 2015 12:00pm ET

The trans-Atlantic “Safe Harbor” trade agreement which allows companies to share online customer data between Europe and the United States has come under fire in the past few weeks.


Hillary Clinton’s Proposals on Prescription Drug Advertising are Wrong and Misguided

Posted: Sep 22, 2015 3:30pm ET

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today proposed a comprehensive approach to address the cost of prescription drug products. While we take no position on the areas of the plan that do not impact advertising, her calls for new restrictions on direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug advertising and limits on the tax deductibility of this advertising are misguided and unconstitutional.


Success in Springfield

Posted: Sep 16, 2015 10:00am ET

It appears that advertisers have dodged a bullet. A very dangerous Illinois data breach bill has been left to die for now by the state legislature.