How the FTC's Non-Compete Ban Impacts Brand Deals: A Look at Both Sides

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s recent ban on non-compete clauses is set to reshape the dynamics between brands and influencers. Traditionally used to restrict employees from joining competitors, the implications of this ban extend to the influencer marketing realm, affecting both brands and content creators. This blog delves into how each party is impacted by the new rule and the resulting shifts in brand deal contracts.

Understanding the FTC Rule

The FTC's rule prohibits non-compete clauses in new employment contracts and invalidates many existing ones, particularly those involving non-senior employees. It’s crucial to note that while influencers often operate as independent contractors, the principles behind this rule might influence broader contract practices across industries, including influencer marketing.

Impact on Brands/Companies

1. Contract Restructuring: Brands must reconsider the clauses included in influencer contracts to ensure compliance and protect their interests. Since traditional non-compete clauses may now be seen as overly restrictive:

  • Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) could become more detailed, focusing on protecting proprietary information and trade secrets without limiting future employment.
  • Non-solicitation clauses may be emphasized to prevent influencers from poaching clients or other influencers, though these must be carefully drafted to avoid restricting general employment opportunities.

2. Strategic Collaborations: With the shift away from non-compete clauses, brands might look towards fostering longer-term, strategic partnerships with influencers. This approach can build lasting loyalty and brand affinity without the need for restrictive legal measures. Brands might invest more in relationship building and collaborative project opportunities that benefit both parties beyond the immediate term of the contract.

Impact on Influencers/Content Creators

1. Increased Career Mobility: Influencers stand to gain significant flexibility from the non-compete ban. Without restrictive clauses, they can engage with multiple brands, including direct competitors, which can broaden their portfolio and potentially increase their market value and income streams.

2. Improved Negotiating Power: The inability for brands to enforce non-compete clauses means influencers have better leverage to negotiate contract terms. This could lead to contracts that offer more favorable conditions, such as higher compensation, better work-life balance, and enhanced creative control over content.

Navigating the New Landscape

For Brands: It's essential to adapt to this change by focusing on creating value in partnerships that encourage influencers to maintain engagement with the brand voluntarily. Legal teams will need to craft clauses that protect the brand's interests in compliance with the new rule, focusing on confidentiality and exclusivity terms that do not infringe on the influencer's ability to work elsewhere post-contract.

For Influencers: This change offers an opportunity to explore diverse collaborations without the fear of legal constraints. Influencers should educate themselves on their rights under these new regulations and seek contracts that offer growth opportunities and fair compensation.


The FTC’s ban on non-compete clauses could lead to a more dynamic and competitive environment in influencer marketing. Both brands and influencers need to understand these changes and adjust their strategies accordingly. As the landscape evolves, staying informed and adaptable will be key to thriving under the new regulations, fostering a marketplace driven by innovation and mutual benefit.

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