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The Guardian: Gawker nears settlement over post accusing Daily Mail of ‘rip-off’ pieces

The troubled media group Gawker is close to settling a lawsuit with the Daily Mail over a Gawker post by a former worker entitled “My Year Ripping Off the Web With the Daily Mail Online”.


Ad Week: How Nike Brilliantly Ruined Olympic Marketing Forever

Unless you happen to be a company like GE, Coca-Cola or McDonald’s—a brand that can afford the reported $100 million to $200 million it costs to be an official Olympic sponsor—you’d better not mention the Rio games in your marketing.

As social-savvy marketers have quickly learned, the U.S. Olympic Committee has ironclad regulations, backed by U.S. trademark law, that restrain nonsponsoring brands from saying anything even vaguely evocative of the Olympics. A casual mention of Rio on Facebook? A congratulatory tweet to a gold medalist? Even tweeting the term “gold medal”? Don’t do it.

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