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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 (under the authority granted to it by section 6(b) of the FTC Act) of patent trolls. Our comments strongly support the FTC's decision as it will help the Commission understand the issues faced by our members that are being threatened and sued by patent trolls. We believe it is also important that the Commission focus on the impact and cost, especially on small businesses, of unfair and deceptive demand letters.

SPAN, which is made up of the ANA, 4A's, DMA, National Retail Federation (NRF) and Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) filed the comments on June 18th. They can be viewed in full here.

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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