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FIFA sees orange over world cup ambush

18 June 2010

Ambush marketing is a ubiquitous feature of any major sporting event, and it’s certainly got FIFA cross at the 2010 World Cup, after orange mini-dress-sporting football fans were ejected from a World Cup match.

The women are accused of contravening the Merchandise Marks Act by abusing a trade mark. However, the difficulty in this case is that no mark of the company is visible on the dresses and it is therefore hard to see exactly what trade mark has been used.

The case demonstrates that organisations such as FIFA take ambush marketing extremely seriously and will crack down hard where they see examples of it. However it also illustrates that, no matter how draconian the legislation or the enforcement of it, ambush marketers will always be one step ahead.

One thing is certain: during the 2012 London Olympics, ambush marketers will find new ways to advertise their brand without paying hefty sponsorship fees. So, let the games begin!

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