Copycat crimes: Rico vs the Meerkat

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  • February 6, 2011
  • StopPress Team
Copycat crimes: Rico vs the Meerkat

As if Air New Zealand's controversial spokesbeast Rico hasn't had enough criticism directed at him, now he's been accused of being a rip-off.

We received a message from a disgruntled puppet hater who thought the furry lothario bore an uncanny resemblance to a rather annoying meerkat seen on screens in the UK.

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Everyone loves a good plagiarism in advertising debate. So, do you think .99's Rico is 'inspired by'? And does it even matter if the customers don't know and/or care (judging by the Facebook page, there's plenty of love for him)?

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Rico is currently making sick beats with Wellington musos and was unable to be reached for comment.

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Rogue Society and Motion Sickness explain name change to Scapegrace

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  • March 17, 2018
  • Sarah Pollok
Rogue Society and Motion Sickness explain name change to Scapegrace

A new campaign by Rogue Society Gin, via Motion Sickness, declares they have ‘made a name for themselves’ and the New Zealand company doesn’t just mean figuratively. After an international scuffle with an American brewing company that had a beer called 'Rogue', the company has rebranded to be Scapegrace Dry Gin to better promote its product overseas.

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