Consumers Union's no-commercial use policy is stated in the front of every issue of consumer reports, consumer reports on health, consumer reports travel letter, zillions, our CD-ROMs, interactive telephone services, on-line services, the Internet, and every book published by Consumer Reports Special Publications. The policy is as follows

Our Ratings and Reports are intended solely for the use of our readers. Neither the Ratings nor the Reports may be used in advertising or for any other commercial purpose.

This policy is interpreted to preclude the use of any of Consumers Union's material or title of publication by professionals and/or commercial organizations who would have a direct or indirect benefit from making use of our material, both in print and electronically, including use on the Internet. More specifically, Consumers Union does not permit the use of its material by a manufacturer of a product or a provider of a service, or a professional in the related field discussed in the work.

Our material cannot be used by a manufacturer, service provider, or professional internally with employees (for informational purposes), sales force (for training, informational, or sales purposes), dealers, distributors, retailers, or agents. It may not be used externally with existing or potential customers and clients. Mention of our material may not be included in a press release, an annual report, nor a radio or television commercial (whether initiated by the manufacturer, service provider, or by anyone else acting on their behalf).


Consumers Union will not sell you additional copies of the entire magazine or book containing the article of interest, nor will we sell you reprints of the specific article. We will also deny permission for you to reproduce the article, in whole or in part, or quote from the article or book.

If you believe that your intended use of our material is not commercial in nature, please resubmit your order with payment and a brief explanation of the purpose of your order directly to CU/Reprints, 101 Truman Ave., Yonkers, NY 10703-1057. For permissions requests, please resubmit your request with an explanation by mail or fax it to W. J. Wintman at 914-378-2909.

In some cases, your use of our material may violate our legal rights. All of CU's products are fully protected under the United States Copyright Laws, 17 U.S.C. 1 et seq., and unauthorized copying of, or quoting from our materials is strictly prohibited. consumer reports, consumer reports on health, consumer reports travel letter, and zillions, are federally registered trademarks. Advertising that deceptively or falsely misrepresents our findings, or which creates confusion, infringes on our rights under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C., 1 et seq. Such advertising may also contravene our rights under state laws prohibiting false advertising and other unfair trade practices.

Under 397 of the New York State General Business Law, the use of the names or identities of nonprofit organizations for advertising or trade purposes is strictly prohibited without obtaining prior written consent. Indeed, CU is a nonprofit organization.

If Consumers Union learns that this policy has been violated, it will forward the information to its attorney, who will take all steps open to Consumers Union to prevent the misuse of any of its materials.

We hope you can understand why Consumers Union has adopted this policy. Please feel free to share this with your colleagues, clients, and others as appropriate.