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Advertising Policies and Guidelines

Introduction

Spot Runner advertisements meet the highest standards. In particular, Spot Runner advertisements adhere to federal, state and local laws and regulations, Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission rules and guidelines, television network standards and practices, and other applicable guidelines for advertising on cable and broadcast television, or the applicable advertising medium.

Spot Runner creates advertising that is truthful, substantiated, not misleading and in good public taste. To that end, these Advertising Policies and Guidelines are designed to help educate advertisers as to rules and norms for customizing and running advertisements through Spot Runner.

These Advertising Policies and Guidelines are not intended to be all-inclusive. Television networks, for example, may impose additional network-specific requirements. Advertisers are responsible for adhering to all laws, rules and guidelines, and Spot Runner always reserves the right to accept or reject any advertisement or require the elimination or revision of any advertiser content. You are always fully responsible for, and Spot Runner shall have no liability in connection with, any advertising content that you provide or any advertisement (including any Pre-produced Ad) that you run.

If you have any questions about these Advertising Policies and Guidelines, you may contact us at: adguidelines@spotrunner.com. For questions about compliance with advertising-related rules and regulations, you should consult legal counsel.

Abusiveness/Vulgarity

Advertising may not, directly or by implication, be vulgar, obscene, profane, pornographic or contain nudity. Nor may advertising be threatening, abusive, harassing or hateful (racially, ethnically or otherwise) or otherwise objectionable in light of community norms and standards.

Alcoholic Beverages

Advertisements for hard liquor or distilled spirits (including mixed products that contain hard liquor) are not allowed. Advertisers may promote beer and wine, subject to federal, state and local laws, Federal Communications Commission, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines. Among other things:

  • Advertisements may not depict the actual consumption of alcoholic beverages, which includes the sound effects or visuals of drinking.
  • Advertisements may not encourage excessive consumption or the use of alcohol by minors.
  • Advertisements generally may not refer to the strength of the beer or wine.
  • Where required by law, advertisements must disclose the name and city of the brewer, producer, packer, wholesaler or reporter responsible for its broadcast.

American Flag

Advertisements using or depicting the American Flag should treat the flag in a dignified and appropriate manner.

Availability of Products and Services

Advertisements must disclose if distribution or availability of products or services is limited. For example, if your products or services are not yet available or not available in the majority of the advertising market where your ads will be run, your ad must make this limitation clear.

Children

Advertisements directed to children must comply with federal, state and local laws, Federal Trade Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines, including the Self-Regulatory Guidelines for Children's Advertising of the Children’s Advertising Review Unit of the Better Business Bureau. A copy of Self-Regulatory Program for Children's Advertising may be found at http://www.caru.org/guidelines/index.aspx.

Claim Substantiation

Advertising claims must be substantiated (prior to running the advertisements) with valid and reliable research or support. Claim substantiation must comply with federal, state and local laws, Federal Trade Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines, including the FTC Policy Statement Regarding Advertising Substantiation that may be found at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/guides/ad3subst.htm.

Comparative Advertising

Advertisements comparing products or services may not distort or exaggerate differences or otherwise create a false, deceptive or misleading impression. Comparative advertisements must comply with federal, state and local laws, Federal Trade Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines, including the FTC Statement of Policy Regarding Comparative Advertising that may be found at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/policystmt/ad-compare.htm.

Contests and Sweepstakes

Absent special circumstances and approval from Spot Runner, Spot Runner does not accept advertisements for contests and sweepstakes.

Contraceptives

Advertisements for condoms or contraceptive methods and devices are subject to prior review by Spot Runner and must comply with all federal, state and local laws, Federal Trade Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines.

Controversial Issues

Spot Runner generally follows broadcaster policies, which often do not allow for the running of advertisements on controversial topics. Political advertisements are often outside the prohibition against controversial issues advertising. Any political advertisements must comply with all federal, state and local laws, Federal Election Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines.

Demonstrations, Dramatizations, Re-enactments and Simulations

Advertisements that incorporate Advertiser Content which includes demonstrations, dramatizations, re-enactments, simulations, tests, experiments or other technical, mechanical, electronic or chemical exhibitions, must comply with all federal, state and local laws, Federal Trade Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines. For example, you must accurately depict the product or service involved, and you must disclose when actors are used in a re-enactment to portray actual persons.

Dietary and Nutritional Supplements

Advertisements related to dietary supplements must comply with federal, state and local laws, Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines, including the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (see http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/default.htm) and the Dietary Supplements: An Advertising Guide for Industry (see http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/adv/bus09.shtm).

Endorsements and Testimonials

Advertisements containing endorsements or testimonials must represent the honest opinions and experience of the endorser, and may not contain claims that could not be substantiated if made by the advertiser. All endorsements and testimonials must comply with federal, state and local laws, Federal Trade Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines, including the FTC Guides Concerning Use Of Endorsements And Testimonials In Advertising that may be found at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/guides/endorse.htm.

Financial Advertising

Advertising for banks, funds, stocks, bonds, commodities, insurance, real estate, and other investments must disclose all material restrictions, risk factors and qualifications and must comply with federal, state and local laws, Securities and Exchange Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines, including, for instance, regulations promulgated by applicable professional or trade groups.

Firearms and Ammunition

Spot Runner does not accept advertising for firearms and/or ammunition.

Food

Advertisements may not overstate or exaggerate the nutritional value of foods. Health claims, including claims of food being "nutritious" or "healthy" must be substantiated and in the context of a total diet. All food advertisements must comply with federal, state and local laws, Food and Drug Administration, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines, including the provisions of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, details of which can be found at http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/default.htm.

Guarantee and Warranty Offers

Advertisers may be required to provide specific information (e.g., material terms) when using the terms "guarantee," "warranty" or similar words that signify a promise or guarantee. When making such guarantees, advertisers should generally disclose whether an advertised warranty is "full" or "limited", its duration, and any major limitations of the warranty. Advertisers should also provide information on where full details of the warranty are available.

All guarantees and warranties must comply with federal, state and local laws, Federal Trade Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines.

Guns

See "Firearms and Ammunition."

Health- and Medical-Related Product Advertising

Advertisements related to health and medical products and services (including drugs) must comply with federal, state and local laws, Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines. The FDA and broadcasters have strict guidelines, which include, among other things.

For Prescription Drugs:

  • Advertisements must contain warning and/or side effects information;
  • The phrases "Available only by prescription" and/or "Use only as directed by your physician" generally must appear visually within the commercial.
  • Use of the product may not be depicted on-camera.

For Nonprescription Drugs and Over-the-Counter Medical Devices:

  • A prohibition against claims that the product alone will affect a cure;
  • Absent sufficient qualification or documentation, terms such as "safe," "without risk," "harmless," or terms of similar meaning may not be used;
  • Advertising appeals may not be made to children;
  • The phrase "Use only as directed" must appear visually within the advertisement.

Statements From The Medical Profession:

Generally speaking, health-related professionals may not appear in commercials for a health care product or service, other than promoting their own service.

Mail Order, Telephone, Internet, and Direct Response Advertising

All mail order, telephone, Internet and direct response advertising must comply with federal, state and local laws, Federal Trade Commission, television broadcast and other applicable guidelines, including the FTC Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule that may be found at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/mailrule.htm. For example,

  • Any charges beyond the advertised purchase price (e.g., postage, handling, etc.) must also be disclosed.
  • The time necessary for the consumer to receive the merchandise must be reasonable. For example, if time for delivery will exceed 30 days, commercials must indicate the actual anticipated time for such delivery.

"New" Used In Advertising

Advertisers should only use the term "new" for a period of six months from the time a product or service is introduced.

Nudity/Pornography

Advertising may not, directly or by implication, be vulgar, obscene, profane, pornographic or contain nudity. Also see "Abusiveness/Vulgarity."

"900" Number and Other Pay-Per-Call Services

Absent special circumstances and approval from Spot Runner, Spot Runner does not accept advertisements promoting the use of "900" numbers (or other telephone exchanges such as "540") for pay-per-call services.

Obscenity

See "Abusiveness/Vulgarity."

Personal Products

Advertisements for personal products (such as feminine hygiene products, home pregnancy tests, home HIV tests, adult diapers, STD medications) must follow television network and station guidelines.

Premiums and Offers

Advertisers must ensure that the value of any premium is no less than stated and that any premiums offers are not unsafe or detrimental to the consumer. Among other things, the Advertiser must:

  • Provide all offer details, including rules, eligibility requirements, beginning and end dates, and requirements for fulfillment;
  • Make sure that full details are easily accessible; and
  • Give a cash refund for premium items that are returned by the consumer.

Prohibited Commercial Presentations and Techniques

Spot Runner prohibits advertisements that, among other things:

  • Make claims or representations that are false or tend to deceive, mislead, or misrepresent;
  • Offer unsupported or exaggerated promises of earnings;
  • Use "subliminal perception" or other similar techniques;
  • Give unqualified safety references, if the product’s package, label or insert contains a caution, or the normal use of the product presents a possible hazard.
  • Use "Bait and Switch" tactics that promote goods or services not intended for sale but designed to lure the public into purchasing substitute goods or services; or
  • Make direct or implied use of government officials or any government body without official approval.

Safety

Advertisers must assure compliance with normal safety precautions (for instance, not show passengers in a motor vehicle drinking and driving, or not wearing seatbelts).

Solicitation of Funds

As a general matter, in recognition of broadcasters’ policies, Spot Runner does not accept advertisements that solicit funds except in certain situations, for certain types of political campaigns, charities, non-profits, NGO’s, or other similar organizations and only when in compliance with any and all applicable rules and regulations governing advertising in those contexts.

Supers

When superimposed copy is used, it must be displayed clearly and conspicuously.

Tobacco/Cigarettes

Spot Runner does not accept advertising for cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. Advertising for cigars, pipe tobacco and tobacco paraphernalia will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Because standards and practices are continually evolving and vary from medium to medium and from region to region, remember that it is always your sole responsibility to ensure that your advertisement conforms with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. These guidelines are for your information only and set forth general standards. They are by no means exhaustive and are subject to revision without notice by Spot Runner in its sole discretion. Of course, Spot Runner, in accordance with the Spot Runner Terms and Conditions, has the right to reject or require revisions to Advertiser Content for any reason whatsoever, whether or not set forth expressly in these guidelines or the Spot Runner Terms and Conditions. Spot Runner shall not be responsible or liable for any ads’ (including any Pre-produced Ads’) compliance with federal, state and local laws, Federal Trade Commission and other governmental agency, television broadcast and other applicable rules, regulations and guidelines. Airing of your ad in no way constitutes Spot Runner’s approval of your ad, your Advertiser Content, or your use of the ad.

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