In a recent letter to shoe retailer Cole Haan regarding its Wandering Sole Pinterest contest, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) signaled a major change for promotional contests conducted through social media platforms. In the letter, the FTC determined that the Pinterest contest sponsored by the company was a form of product endorsement, subject to Section 5 of the FTC Act, which requires the disclosure of a material connection between a marketer and an endorser when their relationship is not otherwise apparent from the context of the communication that contains the endorsement.
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Today (Monday, 28th February 2011) sees the introduction in the UK of product placement in television programmes. Of course, product placement is not a new phenomenon here in the UK and has existed in feature films, gaming and certain imported television programmes for many years. Nevertheless, today marks something of a watershed for the UK

The ReACTS breakfast seminar, ‘Mad Men or Bad Men?’, was held on Thursday 20 May. There was an excellent turn out with delegates from diverse companies, including advertising agencies, production companies and broadcasters. The speakers looked in detail at the opportunities and challenges arising from the recent relaxation of the product placement restrictions and explained

FCC Comments Raise Issues Regarding Content-Rated Ads and Product-Placement Blocking that Underscores the Need for Further Parental Controls Discussions

Television parental content controls are still under review by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), and children’s activist groups are urging the FCC to mandate technology that would allow viewers to block “objectionable” advertising material.

As a

This post was written by Avv. Felix Hofer.

1. When I came around ‘game advertising’ for the first time my attitude as a lawyer, not necessarily familiar with what I – snobbishly – considered as basically being “kid’s or nerds’ stuff”, was obviously extremely skeptic. Running more and more frequently into articles published on