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Does Fluff Busting Purity violate Facebook's terms of service?

I'm getting annoyed by Facebook reels, sponsored posts, and other elements on Facebook, desiring a means to control them. The most powerful way to control what content appears on Facebook appears to ...
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Can I market a legal food product with the name of an illicit drug or other illegal product?

Say I've reverse-engineered the Coca-Cola formula, or produced something very similar in taste. Since the recipe is not patented, I can sell my product so long as I don't market it as Coke, Coca-Cola, ...
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Naming a favorite music group - non allowed type of advertising?

In a theoretical scenario, there is an actor having an interview in a TV show. They ask him, what is his favorite music. Can he name a particalur one, like Linkin Park? Or that would be considered non-...
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Is direct advertisement allowed on mobile android app? [closed]

Suppose that an app developer D wants to advertise on a mobile android app. D is aware that that there is the ad network platform admob provided by google, but D does not want to use it. D wants to ...
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Is it legal to describe something exactly as "cheese" without asterisks or other qualification if it doesn't contain any dairy?

Is the marketing statement "our cheese is made of 100% plant ingredients" false advertising and is it legal?
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Web Speech API for website with ads (commercial use)

I want to use Web Speech API and the code provided here (https://github.com/mdn/web-speech-api) in a website that i will put ads or it will support paid subscription (commercial use) Am i allowed to ...
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Would comparative advertising, from a country where it is allowed, in a country where it is banned, be allowed?

Note: I have little to no idea about how the law behind this works, I will try to cite my claims as well as I can. The title of the question is a bit hard to understand but I'll specify it here: Let's ...
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Is it necessary to explicitly disclaim warranties on "private" sales?

When people in Germany and Austria sell their own second-hand goods (used clothing, toys, bicycles, etc.) via online classified ads or auctions, they almost always include a statement explicitly ...
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Am I allowed to use the name of a railway system in advertising?

In Germany, there is the famous ICE (Intercity Express) train that everybody knows and loves. If I run ads in Germany, am I allowed to use this term in messages like Our software XYZ is the ICE of ...
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Is Google's claim of never targeting ads from gmail false advertising?

Google claims here: that We strictly uphold responsible data practices designed to respect your privacy. That’s why we never use the content you create and store in apps like Drive, Gmail, and Photos ...
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What are the limits of service provision/PII consent for compliance with GDPR?

Most of the internet business model can be described as providing data in exchange for seeing adverts. These adverts are worth a lot more if they can be targeted. The GDPR applies to this, such that ...
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Is advertising a product as "Chemical Free" false/misleading advertising?

Many products, often times foods or cleaning supplies use the phrase "Chemical Free" in their advertising and packaging. This is often used in products containing more naturally derived ...
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In the USA, are their laws about what you can claim is "included for free" with some product?

Let's say I go to an art store and they have a easel for $50 and it says "includes free brush". Is there any law about whether it's legal to claim "easel $50 + free brush" vs just &...
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Am I allowed to use images from sites like Pixabay in my YouTube videos?

If a person has a YouTube channel where that person displays their original music, and the channel is monetized (that is, the channel owner is making money from ads), is the channel owner allowed to ...
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Liability for false advertising

If a company claims that their product is superior to competitors' products and demonstrates their superiority by making an apples to oranges comparison (e.g. our product with default settings is ...
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Is it legal to advertise a service as 'free' if they collect data?

I noticed that a lot of companies label themselves as 'free' even though they collect personal data (which in today's day and age is practically a currency in and of itself). I was wondering how/if it'...
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Is it illegal to market a product as if it would protect against something, while never making explicit claims?

I've recently come across an advertisement online of a product that stated "Most people have heard of the horror of [bad thing] or even [worse thing]. Protect yourself with [our product] today!&...
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Can Mac Pro customers legally sue Apple if it doesn't offer them an upgrade path to the new chips?

In December 2019, Apple introduced its flagship Mac Pro to meet the performance needs of professionals. In addition to showcasing its state-of-the-art hardware components, Apple claimed the machine is ...
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GDPR liability for data that is no longer under the developer's control

Let's say AdMob is used in a mobile app. AdMob collects data and transfers it to Google. There is no longer any access possible to the data by the developer. Is the app creator liable for Google's ...
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Is it legal to use someone else's trademark as an advertisement keyword?

For example, could Apple buy search engine advertisement using "redmi" as a keyword, so that users searching for "redmi" are directed to a website selling iPhones? Could the search ...
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Clicking ads as a form of protest or boycott

Would it be legal to click on ads on the internet, as a form of protest or boycott, making the advertisers waste time, money, or resources for something that you are not actually interested in? What ...
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Are there any rules in California that govern what space can be counted as "living area" by agents when advertising property?

It seems that County Assessors under livable square footage use only legally permitted area. And Assessors use it to determine property taxes. However, are there any laws in California that would ...
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Is getting money from advertisements like Google Ads considered a commercial usage?

Suppose I write an article on a blog that has Google Ads installed. Then, I use an illustrated image with a non-commercial use only license. I make money from advertising in my blog, not selling my ...
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How does false advertisment regulation apply to games claiming your IQ is determined by your success in the game?

I've seen a number of mobile game advertisements which will hover an IQ score above the game with it going up or down based off of rather the player makes a correct move in the game. While they don't ...
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Is it illegal to advertise another entity's product?

I'm a retailer of products. One product in particular needs more attention, but the manufacturing company doesn't advertise their products in the media which my customers reside (mainly YouTube). I ...
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Why can't advertisers say 'Super Bowl'?

Around this time every year there are lots of ads talking about 'The Big Game' or the 'Suberb'-something. Essentially whatever it takes to say their thing is for the Super Bowl, without actually using ...
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Is it commercial disparagement when one business confuses other business customers on how to schedule appointments?

CGLI policies have following trigger for advertising injury: d. Oral or written publication, in any manner, of material that slanders or libels a person or organization or disparages a person's or ...
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What exactly is "publication" in commercial general liability insurance context?

CGLIs have following paragraph to define insurance trigger for advertising injury: Oral or written publication, in any manner, of material that slanders or libels a person or organization or ...
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Are unmatched asterisks allowed in ads?

I got a flyer which advertises a free service trial. The word „free“ appears three times overall and each time it has an asterisk, but neither on the front nor on the back is there an explanation for ...
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Advertise how many employees you have on a low budget

Say (in order to seem like a more established company) someone wants to advertise "We have over 100+ employees!".(but wants to avoid false advertising!) But the company has a budget of only $1000 a ...
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False Advertising

I would like to start with saying that I have completely no experience in any kind of law. That said I would like to specify that I am not searching for a legal advice, but instead I am just curious ...
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Threatening to discontinue a service for a client

Say someone advertises for their website and says "Its 100% free to sign up" then have them check a checkbox acknowledging that the owner of the site can cancel the service for any reason when they ...
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Honest advertising in polls?

Are there laws restricting polls, similar to laws restricting advertisements? Polls can ask questions that contain false premises, or an hypothetical assumption that is so unlikely that just saying "...
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Cheated by business with fake positive reviews

I wanted to hire service of a hypnotherapist for a personal issue and looked up online in my area and found one based on the reviews on Google. The therapist recommended 10 weeks program and charged ...
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Can Author or Publisher be sued for this

I recently bought a book which has previous year questions arranged chapter wise for a competitive exam. It has the following statement written on it's cover- Only Books to Contain 100% Questions ...
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Should car sharing company explicitly notify about accident liability when advertising?

On a car sharing company website, it advertises only benefits of its service but doesn't explicitly notify about insurance and liability in case of accident. Should car sharing company explicitly ...
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Can a medical provider be paid to display some advertisement for medical services/treatments/products in their office?

Can a medical provider be paid to display some advertisement for medical services/treatments/products in their office? If so, does the medical provider have to disclose that they had received ...
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Covering a logo with your own and using the equipment in advertising

Can I purchase a branded digital screen and cover the manufacturer's logo with my own; and then use the screen for the purposes of advertising my products, creating my own digital look? The company I ...
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Advertise that buying one product will support the creation of a different product

Lets say i'm a video game developer, and I am coming out with a hot new game called 'X'. The time it takes to produce X is years and years. Through those years, I spent a month to take a break making ...
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Is it considered breach of contract or advertising laws if a developer markets their game as releasing on digital store A, but then chooses store B?

Recently, there's a lot of commotion in the PC gaming market over the Epic Game Store, a new digital-only PC games store and platform which is trying to break into the market. A lot of PC gamers are ...
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Why does a word like "homemade" not constitute false advertising?

I've been wondering why, when a restaurant says something is "homemade" but it's clearly not made in somebody's home, that's not considered false advertising. If homemade doesn't imply made at home ...
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Is it legal to advertise something as "free" that requires membership fee or entrance fee or purchase?

Is it legal to advertise something as "free" that requires membership fee or entrance fee or purchase? Example 1: Free drinks if you buy this meal for $20 vs Unlimited refills if you buy this ...
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Is intentionally advertizing and billing for more service than provided legal if the contract mentions that the quality of service is variable?

Here's the situation. A certain telecom company is advertising a "7 Mb/s" internet connection plan, and the monthly bill shows "7.1 Mb/s" internet service. When measured, connection speed is 3 Mb/s. ...
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What standards must US ISPs currently uphold in the quality of their speed and ping?

I'm curious. After a generous amount of googling, I couldn't find any laws or codes from the FCC regarding the standards of quality regarding internet speed and access. What laws are currently in ...
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To what extent is this false advertising/deception?

If a certain company sells a product to customer A for $10, could the company legally tell customer B (during a private negotiation) that customer A paid more than they actually did in an attempt to ...
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Is it a crime if someone inserts ads inside an existing software?

If you search on Internet, you would be able to find apps that are modified to insert code that shows ads here and there. For example, you can take the official WhatsApp Android APK and insert code to ...
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Landlord won't make amenities available and repeatedly lied about when they would be ready

I live in a large apartment complex, aprox 300 units. They advertise pictures of a pool and a gym on their website and they told us they would be available in 2 weeks. After 9 months all 3 pools ...
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Using Brand Names as our Customers for advertising [closed]

I am the owner of a marketing business, XYZ Solutions (Ind) Pvt. Ltd. Now, I want to increase my sales so can I use Brand Names like Amazon, Flipkart, Ebay, Google, etc as my customers in my Website? ...
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Marketing rights on contractor name

Let's say I have a consultancy software agreement with a company A. This company A now decides to add my name on some campaign to raise money. Do I have the right to ask them to remove my name from ...
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Can i post an unofficial advertisement?

So I have a school assignment to make an advertisement video. I did a Wacom tablet advertisement. Can I post it online for a portfolio and sharing, or might it be a copyright infringement?
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