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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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Adblock Plus Wins Rulings in Three Separate Appeals by Publishers

Adblock Plus and parent company Eyeo are victorious in German courts once again, this time winning in three separate appeals by publishers RTL Interactive, ProSiebenSat.1 and Sddeutsche Zeitung. The appellate court in Munich, Germany upheld the previous rulings by Munich district court in each of the three cases against Adblock Plus. According to ZDNet, RTL Interactive and ProSiebenSat.1 have the option of taking their appeals to German's highest court, the federal constitutional court of Karlsruhe.
Weekly Subscription News: Wine, Watchdogs and Winning

Weekly Subscription News: Trump Slump, Tesla and Touch of Utah

Tesla offers full self-driving subscriptions, The Athletic raises annual subscription rate, Flipkart tells India Court it is different than Amazon.

New Class Action Lawsuit for Automatically Renewing Subscription Sales

A class action lawsuit has been filed in California alleging that Synapse Group, Inc., a magazine subscription agent, violated California law for failure to adequately disclose that magazine subscriptions they sold automatically renewed. Lisa B. Dubrow,Esq. outlines the case in the Legal Insider.
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The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

California just passed a new restrictive privacy law, theCalifornia Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Assuming the law is not amended before it comes into force on January 1, 2020. The new law protects any "consumer," defined as a "natural person who is a California resident."
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Google Plans to Appeal €500M French Fine on Merits of Case

Google Plans to Appeal €500M French Fine on Merits of Case

Google plans to appeal a €500 million fine ($591M) imposed by France’s Competition Authority. Google says the fine is disproportionate.

Five on Friday: Media, Messenger and Monetizing Music

If youre tired of the political headlines, weve got something to distract you - subscription news you can use to grow your business. In this weeks edition of Five on Friday, Pandora and Spotify face the difficult reality of trying to monetize streaming music, Ad Exchanger explains how Googles GDPR consent tool will limit publishers, Forbes explores blockchain, Axios shows how publishers are using paywalls to stay afloat, and Facebook tries to help people protect their data with new restrictions on Messenger.
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Third Party Reviews: Be Truthful or Else

The FTC knows that third-party review sites and the opinions of other customers carry a great deal of persuasive weight. But watch out: the FTC has filed yet another enforcement action reminding sellers that ratings which are the product of buying and selling between the "independent" review site and companies willing to pay for better play, or from employees acting on instructions to stuff the ballot box with five-star ratings are not objective and violate…
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Weekly Subscription News: Instagram, Intuit and iPhones

We survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it is business as usual as the holiday season gets underway. In this week's subscription news headlines, Instagram cracks down on fake likes, followers and comments, The Boston Globe looks to cannabis coverage as a revenue generator, and Google looks at shutting down its EU News operation to avoid taxes on links. Also this week, The Daily Star says Sony PS4 is the big winner against Microsoft's Xbox One in terms of subscriptions, Intuit stock skyrockets after QuickBook's first quarter subscription activity is reported, and YouTube is showing free, ad-supported Hollywood movies.

Copyright Royalty Board to Audit TuneIn for Payment of Royalty Fees

Last Friday, the Copyright Royalty Board filed a notice of its intent to audit TuneIn, a streaming radio provider, for its collection and payment of royalty fees to copyright owners and performers. The audit was authorized by SoundExchange, the organization designated by the CRB to collect royalty payments and statements submitted by licensees such as TuneIn and distributing royalties to the appropriate parties.
Five on Friday: Fundraising, Investigating, Suing

Five on Friday: Fundraising, Investigating and Suing

Piano raises $88M, Epic Games and Apple face off in court, CMA looks at auto-renewal practices of anti-virus software companies.

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