Advertising Law FAQ
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An Overview of Advertising Law
heart of advertising law is the First Amendment’s protection
of press freedom. This has long been one of America’s most cherished
freedoms, with numerous pieces of legislation having been passed to
further protect the rights of media. These statutes include the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, and the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S. Code § 552a.
Despite these protections, the media is still subject to numerous regulations. The Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) is the federal agency responsible for regulating “interstate and
international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and
cable.” The FCC was formed from the Communications Act of 1934,
47 U.S.C. § 151. The FCC’s mission, as stated in the Communications
Act, is to "make available so far as possible, to all the people of the
United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color,
religion, national origin, or sex, rapid, efficient, Nationwide, and
world-wide wire and radio communication services with adequate
facilities at reasonable charges." The FCC's rules and regulations are
found in Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Advertising faces an additional level of regulation. The Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914,
15 U.S.C. §§ 41–58, gives the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the
authority to prevent deceptive and unfair acts or practices. Still,
advertising receives a great deal of protection—in Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commn. of New York,
447 U.S. 557 (1980), the U.S. Supreme Court greatly restricted the
government’s ability to prohibit advertising that is neither misleading nor unlawful.
Who Should Take CLE Courses in Advertising Law?
businesses of all sizes need an advertising strategy, any corporate or
business attorney could benefit from a better understanding of the rules and
regulations related to advertising. Attorneys working for a
news outlet, social-media company, television station, or other media
organization would also benefit from staying up-to-date on the latest
developments in their industries. Additionally, given the dynamic nature
of media and advertising and the well-known entities involved in the
industry, a CLE course in advertising law could be enticing to
any attorney looking to fulfill CLE requirements. Try a Quimbee CLE