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Ambush Marketing: More than Just a Commercial Irritant?

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Janet Hoek ,

Associate Professor of Marketing, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, NZ
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Philip Gendall

Professor of Marketing and Head of the Department of Marketing, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, NZ
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Abstract

Although marketers have described ‘ambush’ marketing as a parasitic activity that encroaches on legitimate sponsorship, their claims often provide no basis for legal action. This article examines instances of alleged ambushes and how these fit within a wider legal framework. Ambushing appears to encompass legitimate competitive behaviour through to passing off and misuse of trademarks. Marketers concerned about ambushing should remove loopholes from contracts to minimise the opportunities open to competitors. They would also do well to learn more about the legal status of their claims and to separate these from any feelings of irritation evoked by their competitors’ behaviour.
How to Cite: Hoek, J., & Gendall, P. (2002). Ambush Marketing: More than Just a Commercial Irritant?. The Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, 1(2), 4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16997/eslj.171
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Published on 20 Jun 2002.
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