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April Fools' Day
Liability for false advertising
Umbra

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Msg#: 4289543 posted 3:42 pm on Mar 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

It occured to me that some April Fools marketing (like advertising a fake product or service) could be construed as false or misleading advertising.

I'm not asking for legal advice, but does anyone know of resources or case examples that address this?

I've look at some examples of press releases, and I don't see any fine print.

 

rocknbil

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Msg#: 4289543 posted 4:49 pm on Mar 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Wait until tomorrow. Google will do theirs. :-) They always leave clues it's a spoof, but they are well . . . disguised.

jecasc

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Msg#: 4289543 posted 5:18 pm on Mar 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Wait until tomorrow.

Careful, do not fire off your April Fools jokes just yet. Tomorrow is the 31.of March.

rocknbil

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Msg#: 4289543 posted 7:25 pm on Mar 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

<facepalm> When every day is sunny they all kinda blur together. Ah well. Read that . . . tomorrow. LOL

Umbra

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Msg#: 4289543 posted 9:01 pm on Mar 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Careful, do not fire off your April Fools jokes just yet. Tomorrow is the 31.of March.

Doh! I also thought tomorrow was Apr 1. This is thanks to my custom Excel action plan which was showed today as 3/31/2010 instead of 3/31/2011. You saved my butt.

wheel

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Msg#: 4289543 posted 9:42 pm on Mar 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Our local weekly newspaper yesterday had an article I was reading where I went Aaaaah, it's an April Fool's joke. And not a very funny one.

Then later in the article, they clarified it's not an april fool's joke. They're quite serious about this project.

Aaaalrighty then.

tangor

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Msg#: 4289543 posted 4:17 am on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

Just remember that SOMEWHERE in whatever prank is presented the following must be visible (and READABLE):

"April Fool's!" (Quotes not required)

Umbra

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Msg#: 4289543 posted 12:22 pm on Apr 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

Anybody extending the April Fool's joke over the weekend to squeeze out more mileage?

rj87uk

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Msg#: 4289543 posted 1:06 pm on Apr 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

I fell for one it was an article & video that went out on the 30th of March. It didn't say anywhere that it was April fools and because of the date I was off guard and it was very well done.

Its not really a funny one but I like the fact that I was tricked because it doesn't happen often ;)

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