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ANA Signs Letter to Congressional Leadership Encouraging Patent Reform

On Wednesday, July 17th, ANA, along with more than 50 other organizations sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urging reform of the patent system to combat the growing problem of many patent assertion entities, also called “patent trolls.”

New Patent Troll Legislation Introduced

Following on the heels of a number of other bills, a pending inquiry by the FTC, and an Executive Order from the President, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY, 8) and Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX, 27) introduced H.R. 2639, the “Patent Litigation and Innovation Act of 2013,” last week.

Bar on FTC Issuing Final IWG Report Continued

Chairman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL, 4) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Financial Services and General Government has included language in his draft appropriations bill that will continue to block the FTC from releasing a final Interagency Working Group (IWG) report until the FTC complies with Executive Order 13563.

National Assembly of Ecuador Adopts Extensive Restrictions on Advertising

We have just been informed that the National Assembly of Ecuador passed a law with significant restrictions on advertising in the country.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller Urges ICANN to Act Upon GAC Advice

On Wednesday, June 26th, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller sent a letter to ICANN Board of Directors Chairman Steve Crocker, urging ICANN to “fully consider and act upon the GAC safeguard advice.”

Senators Baucus and Hatch Call for Input on Tax Reform

Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) of the Senate Finance Committee have released a “Dear Colleague” letter, asking for proposals for tax reform.

New Bill Would Require Disclosure By Companies for the Use of Personal Information in Pricing

On Monday, Representative Susan Davis (D-CA, 53), along with Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL, 9) introduced H.R. 2487, the Ensuring Shoppers Honest Online Pricing (E-SHOP) Act.

WHO Europe Calls For Marketing Restrictions on Foods High in Fat, Salt, and Sugar to Children

WHO Europe has released a report calling on policy makers to increase restrictions on the marketing of foods high in fat, salt, and sugar (“HFSS”) to children.

White House Takes Steps to Combat Patent Trolls

The Obama Administration today took major action to deal with the growing problem of patent trolls.

ANA Joins Letter to California Assembly on Online Privacy Bill

ANA, along with the IAB and the 4A’s, have sent a letter to the California Assembly in opposition to AB 370, a bill that would require website operators to disclose in their privacy policy whether or not they comply with a browser’s signal (or other similar mechanism) to disable “online tracking.”

More Patent Trolling Legislation Introduced

The issue of “patent trolling” continues to heat up in Congress.

ICANN Rejects Reconsideration Request Regarding “Strawman”

The recent rejection by ICANN of a reconsideration request regarding trademark protections in the "Strawman" proposal is an important development in enhancing the trademark protections in the new top level domain (TLD) program.

ANA Opposes Food Labeling and Advertising Restrictions in Connecticut

ANA has written a letter to the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives Brendan Sharkey expressing our strong opposition to House Bills 6519 and 6527, both of which are currently pending before the Connecticut House of Representatives.

FTC Rejects Request to Extend Effective Date of Revised COPPA Rule

The FTC has denied a request by ANA and eighteen other trade associations to extend the effective date of the revised Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule to January 1, 2014.

Update on Pending Privacy Bills in California

There are several online privacy bills pending in the California State Legislature that could have serious implications for all marketers.

Senator Schumer Set to Introduce Patent Troll Legislation

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has announced that he will introduce legislation to combat so-called “patent trolls,” or entities that purchase patents from inventors solely for the purpose of suing legitimate businesses creating or using products closely related to that covered by the patent.

Chairman Rockefeller Remains Critical of Digital Advertising Alliance Self-Regulatory Efforts

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the progress of industry self-regulation of online behavioral advertising (OBA)

Vermont Attorney General Targets Food Marketing to Children

The Attorney General of Vermont, Bill Sorrell, plans to target and look for new ways to regulate food marketing to children.

Ohio Governor’s Sales Tax Plan Dropped by House Republicans

The Republican leadership in the Ohio House released a revised budget bill yesterday that completely stripped out Governor John Kasich’s proposal to extend the sales tax to advertising and a broad range of other business services.

Louisiana Governor Backs Away From Sales Tax Proposal

In a short speech yesterday to the Louisiana Legislature on the opening day of their 2013 session, Governor Bobby Jindal announced he was backing away from the tax reform proposal he had offered last month.

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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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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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