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Regulation and Compliance

From subscription offers, free trials, special promotions, marketing copy, auto-renewal notification, consumer privacy, financial reporting, payment processes, and more – there are a lot of laws that subscription, membership, and recurring-revenue companies need to understand and comply with.

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Check out all of our Compliance and Regulation information below – both news and subscriber-only – organized by date:

Data Businesses: Prepare Now For The Coming Market Disruption, Thanks To New Law

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.
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New Automatic Renewal Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Ancestry.com

Lisa B. Dubrow, Esq. explains a recently filed class-action lawsuit against Ancestry.com. Ancestry is accused of violating California law by automatically renewing memberships without consumers' clear permission.
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Weekly Subscription News: Circulation, Subscription Management and Sales

Weekly Subscription News: Podcasts, Payments and Premium Memberships

Sports Illustrated launches premium memberships, Ordslip & DoorDash partner for on-demand delivery and Spotify considers a la carte payments.

EU Fines Google $1.49 Billion Euros for Antitrust Violations

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.

Subscriber Files Class Action Suit Against Netflix Over Price Increase

Netflix is also on the ropes as folks fight back against the pending $2 a month price increase. A Florida subscriber filed a suit against Netflix, saying that the streaming video provider has failed to honor its contract to grandfather him in at the $7.99 a month rate. Does the subscriber have a legitimate beef, or is he simply looking to cash in on Netflix's success? The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, will decide.

Legal Insider: Subscription Box Julep Beauty fined by the Washington State Attorney General for its Negative Option Marketing Practices

The Washington State Attorney General's Office announced September 6th fines for Seattle-based Julep Beauty, Inc. and its owner Jane Park for using negative option marketing tactics for its subscription beauty box. Subscription Insider Guide to Subscription Regulation and Compliance, Lisa B. Dubrow, Esq, outlines the ruling and its impact on subscription and recurring revenue businesses.
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Affiliate Marketers Beware: Subscription Businesses are Liable for Affiliate Program Offers

Using affiliate marketers will not give you a pass in creating offers that comply with the law in any negative option sales. Lisa B. Dubrow, Esq., Subscription Insider Guide to Subscription Regulation and Compliance and partner at Dubrow & Bhonslay, explains how and why the FTC is going after large settlements to ensure marketers and advertisers are compliant.
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UK Regulators Press Pause on Amazons $575M Investment in Deliveroo

One month after Amazon announced a $575 million investment in Deliveroo, a London-based food delivery service, regulators in the United Kingdom press pause on the transaction, forcing the companies to stop any forward progress. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) released an initial enforcement order effective June 24 stating it has reasonable grounds for suspecting that Amazon.com and Deliveroo will cease to be distinct entities if the transaction goes through. If the deal is completed, Amazon would be a minority owner of Deliveroo.

Five on Friday: Apple Arcade, Ad Fraud and Ad Networks

It is hard to be it is already fall. Where did the year go?!! Despite the changing of the seasons, the subscription economy is growing strong. In this week's Five on Friday, we talk about sneaker subscriptions (hint - it's not about the shoes)! Also, Apple and Google take their gaming subscription services live, two ad blockers for Chrome are caught in an ad fraud scheme, the Washington Post launches an ad network, and Marketing Profs shares some tips on how to get the attention of millennials and Gen Z.
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Five on Friday: Job Opportunities, Increases and Injunctions

Happy February, Five on Friday fans! In this week's edition, The New York Times raises its prices for digital subscriptions for the first time since putting up its paywall in 2011, the FTC is blocking Edgewell's acquisition of Harry's, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune hangs onto its print subscribers while growing its digital subscriber base, AdExchanger explains why it thinks publishers' ad and marketing teams need to work together, and LinkedIn shares top subscription jobs.
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