Subscription Insider announced today its Call for Speakers for Subscription Show 2019. Subscription Show 2019, an industry conference focused on the business of subscriptions, will be hosted at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA, Nov. 4-6, 2019. Subscription Insider will be accepting speaker proposals through February 1, 2019.
Recently signed into law, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act is going to have a big impact on the data business. It contains within it provisions to open up all non-sensitive databases, and make them easily available in machine-readable, non-proprietary formats. Russell Perkins explains.
From subscription offers, free trials, special promotions, marketing copy, auto-renewal notification, renewal notification, consumer privacy, financial reporting, payment processes, and more - there are a lot of laws that subscription companies need to understand and comply with. Subscription Show 2019 features three informative sessions for recurring revenue companies to understand the latest regulations and how to plan to comply with them.
On March 20, the European Commission announced it was fining technology giant Google 1.49 billion, or about $1.67 billion U.S., for breaching the European Union's antitrust rules for abusive practices in online advertising, Specifically, the European Commission said Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) had abused its power by imposing restrictions on third-party websites like newspapers, blogs, travel services and other websites, effectively blocking ads from Google's rivals from coming up in search results.
As ad blocking usage continues to grow, publishers and organizations like the Newspaper Association of America are turning up the heat, to fight against companies like Adblock Plus, Brave and Optimal who threaten their livelihood. As ad revenue declines because of ad blocking, publishers like Axel Springer are waging court battles abroad to fight against unfair competition and business practices, while in the U.S., the NAA takes their complaint to the NAA.The growth of mobile ad blocking escalates the problem, particularly for mixed revenue business models. In this report, we've got the latest ad blocking news with exclusive commentary from NAA and Adblock Plus.
Next Tuesday, July 16, representatives from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will testify before the House Antitrust Subcommittee to discuss concerns that a small number of dominant, unregulated platforms have extraordinary power over commerce, communication and information online. The federal government is concerned that the dominance these companies wield over the marketplace hampers competition. The antitrust committee will conduct a top-to-bottom review, the first time Congress has undertaken such an investigation of this area.
VISA has issued new rules concerning the acceptance, disclosure and notice obligations of merchants conducting free trial offers and introductory or promotional offers that convert to paid programs. Lisa B. Dubrow, Esq. explains these changes that go into effect on April 18, 2020.
In May, two authors filed a lawsuit against textbook publisher Cengage, saying the new Cengage Unlimited subscription service will cost the authors significant sales and royalty revenue. Authors David Knox and Caroline Schact are seeking class action status in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. Cengage's lawyers have finally responded to the lawsuit, reports Publishers Weekly. The lawyers say there is no reason to believe that the authors' income will substantially decline.
Before you knock off for the weekend, check out this weeks edition of Five on Friday: PSFK explores how automatic refills are enhancing subscription services - and revenues, we share top subscription jobs from LinkedIn, The Athletic says it doesnt plan to change its ad-free philosophy any time soon, research shows that OTT TV services will grow to 400 million subscribers this year, and Digiday explains the extremist approach to GDPR, which kicks in next week.
Last Thursday New York Attorney General Letitia James won more than $16 million in restitution, penalties and legal costs in a magazine and newspaper subscription scam lawsuit. James represented more than 68,000 New York residents who had been scammed by a network of New York and Oregon companies, some operating under the name Orbital Publishing Group, Inc., who fraudulently solicited magazine and newspaper subscriptions. The New York State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and permanently barred the fraudulent network of companies from mailing unauthorized and deceptive subscription offers going forward.