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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 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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What might be illegal about a company using deceptive phone calls to establish a contract and seeking payments under it?

I have recently been encountering an organisation whose mode of operation is to dupe members of venue staff into "agreeing" to have their venue advertised "online". Subsequently a bill arrives for ...
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Can legal action reasonably be taken against someone unsavory for endorsing your product/company?

Advertisers don't want their product/company associated with certain people/content. Which is why a lot of ads don't play on more controversial content (e.g. demonetized videos on Youtube). But what ...
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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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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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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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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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How can a restaurant, Old Homestead Steakhouse, continue their false claims of selling Kobe beef?

About a year ago, Inside Edition reporters first revealed that two high-end restaurants in New York City, La Bernardin and Old Homestead Steakhouse, were serving beef that they claimed to be Kobe beef,...
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Putting up a "we're closing!" sign illegal?

There's a store near our home that has the "We're closing! Everything must go! Huge discounts!" Sign. It has been on their store for at least 6 months. Is it fraudulent or illegal to make such an ...
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Is it fraudulent for an extension like adblock to still count as an ad impression for content creators

tl;dr: A Programmer writes a web browser Extension to download ads but not display them. The effect is that Sites accessed through this extension get to charge Advertisers for the ad being served, ...
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Is there a legal reason why many advertisements say “Limited Time Offer”?

Companies often offer various types of short-term promotions. The ads almost always contain fine print that says “Limited Time Offer.” Is there a specific reason why they have to do that? It seems ...
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Can a restaurant or retailer be held to "posted" prices?

I walked into a fast food restaurant in New York City where a large poster in the front of the store advertised a new dinner special for $6.99. That was quite a bargain so I went to the counter and ...
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Is it legal for an apartment manager to put advertisement stickers on my mail?

I'm in the US (North Carolina) I live in an apartment complex with 13 separate buildings that house around 700 total residents. The standard way that we receive packages that are too large to go into ...
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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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Is O'Reilly Media engaging in false advertising?

Background: I own copies of several fairly expensive paper books published by O'Reilly Media. One of my primary reasons for buying these books instead of alternatives from competing publishers, was ...
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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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For movies and tv series why is it okay to make a false advertisement by saying "This is a true story" when it is actually not?

In every opening scene of Fargo Season 3, it says that: This is a true story. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told ...
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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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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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My college changed my major without my consent, can I sue them?

I am a college student at a new University located in Mauritius. Before I applied, I checked on their website the list of major offered. I saw: "Electrical Engineering" which was one of the main ...
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How does a paid endorser avoid conflicts of interest?

Suppose you are a blogger and you write about the products and services of Company X. You are being paid by Company X to do this. How do you avoid conflicts of interest in the process? I would ...
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Why is the trade name of a drug always written in all caps, even when the wordmark isn't?

One thing I've consistently noticed in TV commercials and other marketing materials for drugs is that the trade name for a drug, especially a prescription drug, is almost always written in all caps ...
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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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Can the original price mentioned in a discount be anything?

I wonder whether when a business advertises a sale or discount, the displayed original price can be anything, or it has to be the actual price when there is no discount. Example on Groupon: or ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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When is making and selling "snake oil" illegal?

There's an interesting story in the news lately about a company selling "Bio-frequency healing" stickers, made from "the same material used in NASA space-suits", that supposedly heal us using some ...
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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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What to do about Fake Positive Reviews

There is a company that I have run into that had a sudden review surge. In each of these 20+ reviews, they, as in individual accounts, review a combination of the same places having reviewed by an ...
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Who is legally responsible for malware delivered through an ad on a website, the website or the ad network?

Forbes recently started to block people who use an adblocker from accessing their website. The irony is that only a couple of days later, the ad network they use started spreading malware, ransomware ...
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Are unmatched asterisks allowed in ads?

I received 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 ...
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What recourse do I have against commercial use of my image?

Somebody took photos of my wife on a treadmill at a gym without her permission. One of those photos appeared a week later in the local paper in an advertisement for a car dealership. Subsequently my ...
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Legal principles in refusing to pay advertised reward for return of lost item if it was returned without knowledge of the ad

Say person X lost his valuable item and advertised a reward for the return of it. Person Y, who knew X personally, found the item before reading the ad, and returned it to X, who just thanked Y for ...
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Is it legal to voluntarily cause a competitor's product to work badly in order to sell yours as a better product?

About 15 years ago (some time between 2008 and 2010), back when I was still using Internet Explorer on Windows XP, I was browsing a very lightweight website which was working super smoothly, and ...
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To what extent can a company sponsor the military?

In the show "Space Force", the underfunded branch of the military makes a sponsorship deal with a company in order to raise some funds, where the general participates in a commercial and ...
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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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Can companies be held liable for people attempting to imitate advertising stunts?

I own a small apparel company that operates an e-commerce shop. Our target demographic is young adults, and as such our brand and marketing material features an edgy and cool style. A lot of our ...
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May I claim fair use for public commentary of a political ad?

Preface I am not a legal professional I know that fair use is such an ambiguous area. Hypothetical Scenario I want to publish (online) a marked up copy of a political candidate's campaign ...
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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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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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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 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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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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