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Old 10-05-2009, 01:38 PM   #1
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Exclamation Bloggers to declare reviews!!

Just saw this story online, you will have to be careful now guys!!
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33177160...ch_and_gadgets
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:47 PM   #2
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Well that is most interesting. Up to now issues like that had no affect on me, but I have started to receive free bottles and samples, so I guess I had better include a little acknowledgment within each of my reviews going forward.

Thanks for bringing this forward my friend.
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:25 PM   #3
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This should only affect bloggers located in the USA. The FTC has no jurisdiction elsewhere.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:30 PM   #5
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It only affects bloggers in the US.

So far i have sometimes written a disclosure and sometimes not.

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Old 10-08-2009, 11:20 AM   #6
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I am not so sure this affects only bloggers in the USA. Consumer protection policies and rules have a way of being adopted by other countries.

And what if your Blog is republished in the USA. Then I would assume the publisher would have to follow the new guidelines. I would even think that if you add links to a message board in the US to a review you do elsewhere, then there is a case for the guidelines to apply.

Besides I actually believe that the FTC is on the right track. Honest disclosure is probably in everyone's best interest.
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:14 PM   #7
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To placate such fears, Cleland said the FTC will more likely go after an advertiser instead of a blogger for violations.
I would just like to ask how they intend to "catch" a violating blogger and furthermore provide substantial proof the blogger is indeed violating a law.




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The bottom line in this report from Information Week follows.

"Whether the FTC will be able to effectively police millions of online posts and comments remains to be seen. The FTC's published discussion of its rules indicates that the agency will rely mainly on self-regulation, with enforcement action only in the most egregious cases, much as it does in dealing with online fraud."

Information Week has not reimbursed me in any way for posting their link.
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Even if they managed to monitor millions of posts they wouldn't have any way to prove any of them illegal nor would they have a legal way to investigate the legality of said postings. Only way for someone to get caught is to confess doing an illegal act in this matter I think.
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Information Week has not reimbursed me in any way for posting their link.
Jim, did you have permission to use their link??
The land of the free is becoming the land of the big brother and way too many regulations.
Seriously, I think you guys will have to send all your free samples to me now and I will review all the rums for you so that you do not have to pay the $11,000 fine.
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