Tuesday, May 31, 2005
On May 28, 2005, the Beijing Administration of Industry and Commerce announced that as part of its campaign against false advertising, it would deem as false advertising celebrity endorsements in which celebrities appeared in the capacity of consumers, ailment sufferers, specialists, etc. Thus, Liu Jialing can no longer announce that her use of SK-II skin-tightening anti-wrinkle cream reduced her wrinkles by 47% in a mere 28 days and made her look 12 years younger.
An interesting question is the degree to which a Beijing municipal government body can dictate rules for what is often a national advertising campaign that appears in many media. Apparently the object of the rule will be advertising agencies, advertisers, and media, but not the celebrities themselves. Will it apply only to those that are located in Beijing?
A report is appended below.
Monday, May 30, 2005
The ABA's May 19, 2005 comments on the most recent draft of China's Antimonopoly Law can be found here: http://www.abanet.org/antitrust/jt-pdf/joint-comments/abaprcat2005finalcombowapp.pdf
The comments are quite detailed and include a Chinese translation of the executive summary as well as appendices. The appendices include the APA's July 15, 2003 comments on the draft Antimonopoly Law at that time.
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