Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 6th Oct 2009 09:10 UTC
Legal "US regulators will for the first time crack down on bloggers who fail to disclose fees or freebies they get from companies for reviewing products. The Federal Trade Commission, decided to update its nearly 30 year old guidelines to clarify the law for the vast world of blogging. Offenders could face eventual fines of up to $11,000 (GBP 6,900) per violation."
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RE[2]: Complete Crap
by Kochise on Tue 6th Oct 2009 18:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Complete Crap"
Kochise
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2006-03-03

"Business speech is not and never has been protected. It's considered not a form of free speech. If you're trying to sell a product, you can't just say anything and claim 1st amendment protection."

So I can say "This is GREAT product" (subjective taste) but not "This is SHIT product" (subjective taste either) ? I bet the reader can make up his/her mind about the opinion of the reviewer, doesn't s/he ?

Kochise

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RE[3]: Complete Crap
by boldingd on Tue 6th Oct 2009 19:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Complete Crap"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

"Business speech is not and never has been protected. It's considered not a form of free speech. If you're trying to sell a product, you can't just say anything and claim 1st amendment protection."

So I can say "This is GREAT product" (subjective taste) but not "This is SHIT product" (subjective taste either) ? I bet the reader can make up his/her mind about the opinion of the reviewer, doesn't s/he ?


Business speech, as in, "speech by or on behalf of a corporation." You, a private citizen, can say either. Microsoft, a publicly traded corporation, cannot -- or, rather, is not constitutionally guaranteed the right to do either.

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