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Addresses a request to conduct a demonstration project for electronic compliance with the Franchise Rule.
Discusses the meaning of "commercial relationship
Discusses whether the franchisor's or franchisee's degree of controlling interest in an outlet affects the application of the Franchise Rule.
Discusses the circumstances under which, in providing earnings information to loan processing officials at lending institutions to assist prospective franchisees in obtaining loans, franchisors may not be obligated to provide earnings claim disclosures.
Discusses whether the required payment element is satisfied if the franchisee pays no initial up-front franchise fee, but leases the premises and equipment from the restaurant-franchisor, pays a "working capital" deposit, and must permit the withdrawal of funds from a shared...
Addresses a request to conduct a demonstration project for electronic compliance with the Franchise Rule.
Provides guidance on how a franchisor may comply with the Franchise Rule via the Internet.
Inappplicability of the Franchise Rule to possible co-branding relationship in which a licensor's system is to be sub-licensed by a third party franchisor to its franchesees, even though the license to the franchisor is covered by the Rule.
Discusses the application of the Franchise Rule to a web-based travel service.
Discusses whether franchisors can seek leads by placing advertisements on employment websites.
Discusses the application of the Franchise Rule to a program offering advertising opportunities involving Internet Web sites.
Discusses applicability of TSR restrictions on the use of prerecorded messages in telemarketing to technology that enables call agents to respond to the recipient of a call by substituting audio recording of a response for the call agents' own voice.
Discusses the interplay between the recordkeeping requirements of the Telemarketing Sales Rule and the Do Not Call and Call Abandonment "safe harbor" provisions.
Discusses the application of the Telemarketing Sales Rule's "Established Business Relationship" exemption to an Internet-based lead generation mechanism. 
Discusses the practice of upselling and certain exemptions to the Telemarketing Sales Rule.
Discusses the application of the Telemarketing Sales Rule's Fee Rule provision to independent or franchised agents of a company. 
Discusses access to the National Do Not Call Registry by members of the market or opinion research industry.
Discusses the application of the Telemarketing Sales Rule to a proposed business plan involving the sale of automobile service contracts.
Discusses whether the transfer of a consumer-initiated call to a prerecorded message is restricted by Telemarketing Sales Rule provisions concerning outbound telephone call initiated to deliver a prerecorded message.
Discusses whether prerecorded messages to customers regarding the availability of free services for a limited time period is telemarketing under the Telemarketing Sales Rule.

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