Regulatory Rumblings

2016 Starting Off with a Regulatory Bang

Posted: Jan 8, 2016 11:00am ET

We are only eight days into 2016, but there are already early signals that U.S. regulatory agencies are planning for more action this year.


EU Takes Aim at Privacy Rules

Posted: Dec 18, 2015 11:20am ET

The explosive growth of the “digital age” has been fueled and funded by advertising’s major support, which continues to serve as the economic foundation of the Internet and mobile media.


Major News in the Fight against Online Piracy

Posted: Dec 9, 2015 9:00am ET

Yesterday, the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) announced that many of the world’s largest brand advertisers and agencies have pledged to require their ad partners to take commercially reasonable steps to help fight the $2.4 billion lost to pirate sites each year.


Major First Amendment Victory, Serious Constitutional Challenges Remain

Posted: Dec 3, 2015 9:30am ET

Tuesday night, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to repeal an ordinance prohibiting the advertisement of soda on public property. The ordinance, which we discussed in a blog post in July, threatened First Amendment rights by ignoring free speech precedents set by the U.S. Supreme Court.


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).