Commercial & Dispute Resolution (Intellectual Property) - Review

    View Authors July 2009

    RFU fails to tackle Fuller's rugby advertising

    A recent Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) adjudication has tested whether official rights holders can effectively control and prohibit advertising from those without official sponsor status. The ruling will be of interest to advertisers and rights holders alike and raises important questions about the extent of the exclusivity enjoyed by official sponsors of events, as well as broader issues of intellectual property law and the right to free speech.

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