Heise Online: Linux Association Protests Against “Product Placement” for Microsoft on German TV

“The German Linux Association is calling on Germany’s ARD, the
public Channel One, to remove the Microsoft logo from its reports
on the elections. The lobby group stated that it was considering
taking legal action against such ‘product placement in
informational and news broadcasts.’ The lobby group stated that the
logo was being displayed in charts showing the results of surveys
in such TV shows as the weekly news talk show Sabine Christiansen
on September 4th. Product placement has become a sensitive issue in
Germany since it was recently revealed that such practices had
become common in ARD shows like the series ‘Marienhof…'”