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  • Writer's pictureLONEWOLF


“We, therefore, hold that "commercial speech" is a part of the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1) (a) of the constitution" – The Supreme Court of India.

H.G. Wells once famously said that advertising was legalized lying. This reflects the dilemma of advertising and its effect on consumers. In an environment of zealous competition in the foreground of a market economy, advertisements often tend to exaggerate and misrepresent facts which ultimately affect impressionable minds. That is precisely what all legal systems must seek to address. Several countries have enacted comprehensive laws that govern and control advertising. Many countries in Europe restrict domestic advertising that targets children below a certain age. In the UK, the Advertising Standards Authority lays down the standards for advertising in all kinds of media while all outdoor advertising is done with permission from the local town planning authorities. As for the US, the Federal Trade Commission is the relevant and the ultimate authority on the subject although local governments are allowed to enact their own regulations in this regard.