What are the legalities of advertising features in newspapers?

Question by rwkelland: What are the legalities of advertising features in newspapers?
My brother was recently interviewed for what he beleived to be a genuine newspaper article written by a freelance writer – but it turned out to be an advertising feature. A picture of my brother was also included in the ‘article.’

What the reporter did was definately sneaky and misleading – but was it illeagal?

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Answer by Joel A
As you say, it was sneaky and misleading, but those aren’t a crime.

Your brother might be able to sue, however, if he didn’t sign a release form for the photo. If it were a genuine news article, the publication could claim that using your brother’s picture was part of the news and thus protected speech. But there’s no right for a publication to use his picture just to make money.

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What factors influence the credibilty of newspapers, magazines, tv news reports, internet, advertising claims?

Question by malisa_kay: What factors influence the credibilty of newspapers, magazines, tv news reports, internet, advertising claims?

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Answer by Reo
Kind of a broad, slightly confusing question. But any sort of credibility stands on reliability, confirmation from other sources, relative values of truth and a concise understanding of the facts.

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