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Let's say I own a TV channel and I voluntarily play a commercial between my shows, like a Coca-Cola ad, without asking or making an advertising deal. Assuming I made a notice that they don't endorse me, could/would I be sued?

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    Off-topic -- it's a legal question, not a video production question.
    – Jim Mack
    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:38
  • Thank you for pointing that out. However, I see lots of copyright questions being asked here. Apr 24, 2016 at 4:06
  • Concur that it's off-topic, but taking a stab: yes, you could be sued. You wouldn't have copyright permission to reproduce the ad. And if your use of the ad was against their marketing/brand strategy, they would be incentivized to stop you running their ads.
    – Gyan
    Apr 24, 2016 at 8:19
  • Sorry for asking an off-topic question. For future reference, can someone explain how this was different from the other copyright questions? Thanks. Apr 26, 2016 at 2:37
  • Laws for broadcasting are a completely separate category than copyright laws for video program production. You couldn't even own or operate a broadcasting station in most countries without extensive legal advice and assistance. Broadcasting any content for which you have no legal permission puts your broadcasting license in extreme jeopardy. No legitimate broadcaster would even dream of doing such a thing. Apr 26, 2016 at 3:58

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