In the interests of full disclosure…

It recently came to my attention that the FTC commission has taken an interest in the reviews that bloggers provide as unbiased information on the products.  I guess this came about due to some people that gave reviews of products that were actually paid endorsements, and did not disclose this information to their readership.  The FTC is now apparently requiring that all reviewers release and disclose their relationship with the vendors of the products for which they are reviewing by December 1st.

So, in the interests of full disclosure, I have compiled a page to disclose exactly what I get for the review of products written here.  As most of you are already aware, the answer to that is nothing, with a few notable exceptions.  The products that I have reviewed here on the blog are entirely done via donations from vendors (where the products are then put up for giveaways in the monthly contests), or on loaner programs where the products are reviewed and then returned to the company.  The rest of the products I have reviewed are of my own gear which I have already purchased with my own money!

For those interested in viewing the page, it’s titled “Supporters of the Blog and Podcast and is displayed in the sidebar.


Okay, with the legalities out of the way, just a couple other blog maintenance things to mention:

  • The next podcast is going live tomorrow!
  • The latest contest is underway over at Flickr (you can win a free copy of Noise Ninja from PictureCode – the theme this month is Fall)
  • The 2nd issue of the monthly newsletter is also under construction, so if you are interested in being a featured artist, let me know!

Wow – what a bunch of “official” sounding stuff – so unlike me!  Let’s change that up – share with me your thoughts on the FTC position.  Do you like it?  Agree?  Disagree?  Think they are off their rocker?  Call me the fence sitter, but I can see why they are doing it, but I think they’ve taken it too far.  What do you think?  Got any of your own bureaucratic wonders to share?  Sound off  – maybe if we get enough feedback saying that no one likes it, they will reconsider their position on “all bloggers”! 🙂  (Kind of like “rocking the vote”!)

Anyway, that’s about it for today, so Happy Shooting and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!

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6 comments for “In the interests of full disclosure…

  1. October 8, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Good to know. Not that I have any endorsements, but still who wants the FTC riding their blog?
    .-= A.J. Wood´s last blog ..Photoshop Questions? Just Ask A.J. =-.

  2. October 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    IMO the FTC probably has more important things to worry about than most blogs, esp photography blogs. But having so many blogs that tout medical, health, vitamin & supplement knowledge… and those bloggers suggest “medical” type advise… Closer watch on bloggers may be a good thing.

  3. October 9, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Just what we need – the government intruding into yet another part of our life…
    .-= Dave Warner´s last blog ..Episode 0020: Interview with Scott Stulberg, Canon Travel and Stock Photographer =-.

  4. October 9, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Jason, good posting! I’ve been paying attention to the latest moves to regulate the net, and more importantly the blogosphere.

    Like you I’ve reviewed products. The vast majority of product reviews I’ve done in the past few years are items I’ve purchased. The last “free” product given to me for review was provided for an Airstream Life article, and it was an upgrade to a product I already owned and previously reviewed…….

    Keep watching the FTC and FCC, my understanding is more regulation is on the way. Saying that from the perspective of a former national wireless executive. Aren’t you glad they’re working on allowing direct advertising on your cell phone based on proximity to a retailer? Guess regulation depends on lobby…..
    .-= Rich C´s last blog ..The strangest doctor / patient interaction I’ve ever had….. =-.

  5. WJD
    October 9, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I have seen a number of ‘articles’ and a few blogs that could easily be mistaken for honest reviews if one didn’t read them very carefully.
    I am not a fan of big brotherism or hyper-governance, but do agree with this step towards honest communications.
    I do not appreciate reading through an ‘article’ only to find out it is a carefully crafted farce
    .-= WJD´s last blog =-.

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