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U.S. Supreme Court Sides With Broadcasters in Aereo Case

In a major victory for television broadcasters, the U.S. Supreme Court held today that Aereo, which allows subscribers to stream over-the-air television programming via the Internet at virtually the same time it is being broadcast, is illegally transmitting copyrighted material.

SPAN Coalition Files Comments with FTC and OMB

The industry's Stop Patent Abuse Now (SPAN) coalition has filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission and Office of Management and Budget regarding the FTC's decision to conduct a study of patent trolls.

NTIA Request for Comment on Big Data

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) formally issued a request for comment on June 6 in the Federal Register asking stakeholders to answer six general questions on “Big Data” developments and how they impact the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, the Obama Administration’s framework for privacy protections released in February 2012.

ANA Joins in Call for Federal Data Breach Legislation

ANA has joined with fifteen other industry groups to call for Congress to pass federal data breach legislation this year

New Online Tracking Guidelines from California’s Attorney General

In recently released guidelines, entitled “Making Your Privacy Practices Public,” California’s Attorney General Kamala D. Harris outlined recommendations for businesses to comply with recent changes to the state’s privacy law.

Policy Recommendations Urge a Global Convention to Fight Obesity

Policy recommendations released today by World Obesity (formerly “IASO”) and Consumers International call on the international community to develop a global convention to fight “diet-related ill health” similar to the legal framework for tobacco control. The set of recommendations to governments includes placing stricter controls on advertising, promotion and sponsorship of “unhealthy” foods to children under the age of 16.

Blumenthal, Harkin Introduce Bill to Limit Ad Deduction for Food Ads Directed to Children

Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) have introduced legislation that would deny the federal tax deduction for advertising of foods of “poor nutritional quality” to children and to brands whose foods are associated with advertising foods of “poor nutritional quality” to children.

Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards Report

Today, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee released a report in advance of its May 15th hearing entitled “Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy.”

White House Releases Big Data Study

The White House yesterday released its report on how the use of "big data" affects Americans.

ANA Joins Three Other Associations in Letter to House Subcommittee on Demand Letters

On April 8, ANA joined the National Retail Federation (NRF), the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) in a letter to Reps. Lee Terry (R-NE) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), the Chairman and ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.

Terrell McSweeny Confirmed by Senate to FTC

Terrell McSweeny was confirmed today on a 95-1 vote to be a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. This brings the FTC back up to a full five-person commission for the first time in over a year.

ANA Files Comments on White House Study of “Big Data”

ANA has filed comments in response to a request from the White House's Science and Technology Policy Office's request for information on how the use of "big data" affects the American public.

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp Releases Draft Tax Reform Legislation

As expected, Chairman Dave Camp of the House Ways and Means Committee released a draft tax reform proposal today. As we had heard, Chairman Camp’s plan would require the amortization of certain advertising expenses beginning in 2015.

Chairman Dave Camp Will Release Tax Reform Draft Proposal Next Week – WE NEED YOUR HELP

All indications are that Chairman Dave Camp of the House Ways and Means Committee will release a discussion draft tax reform proposal next week.

ANA Files Comments with Senate Finance Committee in Opposition to Ad Tax Proposal

ANA filed comments with the Senate Finance Committee on Friday in opposition to Chairman Baucus’ draft proposal to amortize 50 percent of the tax deductibility of advertising expenses over a five year period.

New Study Underscores Advertising’s Role as a Critical Driver of the U.S. Economy

Advertising is a driving force in the U.S. economy, serving as a generator of job creation and sales, according to a new study commissioned by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and The Advertising Coalition, which represents advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies.

ANA Joins Letter Urging Senate to Adopt Legislation to Deal with Patent Trolls

ANA has joined four other associations in sending a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) in support of provisions in S. 1720, the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act.

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Issues Raised at Recent “Internet of Things” Workshop

In response to its recent “Internet of Things” workshop on November 19th (focusing on security and privacy issues related to consumer goods connected to the Internet), the FTC announced it is seeking public comment on issues discussed at the workshop.

Potential Changes in Deductibility of Advertising Expenses within Tax Reform Legislation Would Only Serve to Stifle Economic Activity

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, today released his discussion draft of tax reform legislation that includes a provision that will, if enacted, severely impact the economy and lead to significant job loss. This provision would allow advertisers to deduct only 50 percent of all advertising expenses in the first year and amortize the remaining 50 percent over the next five years.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus Releases First Tax Reform Draft Proposal

Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) of the Senate Finance Committee has released the first of several forthcoming draft proposals for tax reform.

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Legislative and Regulatory Issues Tracking

ANA's Washington, DC office works to protect the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers.   The scope of legislation, regulations, and court cases impacting the marketing community continues to be extremely broad, extending to issues as diverse as online privacy, prescription drug advertising, restrictions on the tax deductibility of advertising costs and the regulatory powers of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Compendium of Legislative, Regulatory and Legal Issues

ANA's Washington, DC office plays a leading role in protecting the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers. At the end of each year, we prepare a Compendium which describes our efforts on the broad range of issues we have faced. 

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Alliance for Family Entertainment

The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) is a coalition of national advertisers, supported by the ANA, which represents almost 40% of all U.S. television advertising dollars..

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SAG/AFTRA

ANA and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) conduct broadcast talent negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) through the Joint Policy Committee, or JPC.

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