10 Things You Need To Know Before Lauching A Promotion In Argentina

Author:Ms Paula Fernandez Pfizenmaier (PAGBAM IP)
Profession:Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)

Since the government of Argentina dissolved the National Lottery early in 2018, chance-based promotions have had the "green light". Prior to the dissolution, all promotions/contests in which the winners were totally or partially determined by chance needed to be registered with National Lottery and had to meet with all applicable requirements.

Even when registration is not required -at least for now-, there are still some requirements all Sponsors need to meet in order to avoid sanctions. Here are the 10 basic things you should know before launching a Promotion in Argentina:

The organization of promotions, contests or raffles of any nature in which participation is totally or partially subject to the purchase of a product or the hiring of a service, is prohibited by law. A non-purchase method of entry must be offered in order to avoid such prohibition. Besides, the organizer must guarantee free entrants the same chances to win as purchase entrants. Cash prizes are allowed Information about the conditions, prizes and territorial scope of the Contest must be published on a website and/or a toll-free hotline indicated in the corresponding advertisement. The Official Rules must conform to local law, namely: Fair Trading Act, Consumer Protection Act, and amendments. The Official Rules, Releases and other related documents must be translated into Spanish. Argentina is subdivided into twenty-three provinces (provincias) and one autonomous city, the City of Buenos Aires. Even though the provinces and the City of Buenos Aires exist under a federal system, they have their own constitutions, and local regulations...

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