Washington and the Internet. Does Washington Want the Truth

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We live in very interesting times.  And as the Chinese proverb goes, that is not good news.  This is particularly true as we watch Washington regulators and legislators, for their own purposes, embrace the Internet, including social media, while at the same time living in complete paranoia of the evils it perpetrates on us poor, ignorant citizens.  Washington really believes the Internet and digital media is poking its nose into each and every ind ividual home and pocketbook -- as if marketers really had the time to get that granular.

But lamenting Washington's double standard serves no purpose at this point.  That proverbial horse is out to the barn and isn't going to get corralled any time soon.  So we need to deal with the reality of over regulation and undermining of free enterprise.

Learn what's happening in the legal corridors and how to jump the ever increasing hurdles regulation and risks that litter the marketplace.  Douglas Wood, a partner at Reed Smith LLP and the ANA's General Counsel will host the webinar.  Doug is author of Pleased be Ad-Vised, an ANA Legal Reference Guide for the Advertising Executive (now in its 5th edition).



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Start: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 1:00pm

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Douglas J. Wood

















ReedSmith LLP


Doug Wood is a senior partner of Reed Smith's Advertising Technology & Media Law Group. He has more than 30 years of experience representing national and multinational companies in advertising, marketing, promotions, unfair competition, intellectual property, and e-commerce matters. Mr. Wood serves as legal adviser to several worldwide advertising industry trade organizations and is general counsel to the ANA, the Advertising Research Foundation, and the Advertising Council.  He is also the chief negotiator for the advertising industry in connection with the collective bargaining agreements with the Screen Actor's Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the American Federation of Musicians. 

In addition, Mr. Wood is the founder and chairman of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), a network of independent law firms located in more than 50 countries that have expertise in advertising and marketing law.

He is a frequent speaker, writer, and media commentator on legal topics involving advertising and marketing and is the author of two books on advertising law, including the ANA's publication, Please Be Ad-Vised.  He is the Editor in Chief of Adlaw by Request (www.adlawbyrequest.com).

Mr. Wood holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island, a J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center (where he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees), and an LL.M. in trade regulation from the New York University School of Law.