Advisory Opinions

FTC staff issue advisory opinions to help clarify FTC rules and decisions, often in response to requests from businesses and industry groups. To find a specific opinion, use the filters on this page.

Opinion 98-6

Possible availability of the "fractional franchise" exemption to a franchisor of an "affiliation" franchise covered by the Rule and otherwise subject to its disclosure requirements.

Opinion 98-5

Possible applicability of Rule to licensing arrangement in which the seller becomes a minority shareholder entitled to a percentage of the profits of a corporation formed by the purchaser.

Opinion 98-4

Apparent applicability of Rule to licensing arrangement in which seller provides significant assistance and exercises significant control by restricting geographic territories in which licensees can solicit business.

Opinion 98-3

Discusses the "required payment" coverage prerequisite, concluding that Rule coverage will not be triggered by the fact that a seller obtains collateral as security for a non-negotiable note due more than six months after a purchaser opens his or her business.