Dumbest Press Release Of the Year Nominee

This was at the bottom of a press release I received today (I was looking for the unsubscribe link which wasn’t there). Emphasis mine:

this email and any attachment hereof may contain proprietary information which is privileged, confidential or subject to copyright belonging to xxxxxxxxx. this email is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed. if you are not the intended recipient of this email, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, copying, or action taken in relation to the contents of and attachments to this email is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. if you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately and permanently delete the original as well as any copy of this e-mail and any printout thereof. thank you for your cooperation.

So, if I can’t take any action regarding this press release, what exactly was the point of sending it?

Why in the world would a public relations company want to prevent people from distributing and disseminating information about their client?

By Gary

3 dimples. 7 continents. 130 countries.

One reply on “Dumbest Press Release Of the Year Nominee”

Not knowing where it came from I’m assuming the PR company is part of a bigger global network. It’s standard for them to have legal footers like this. I had one at my ad agency and didn’t realize it for 7 months until someone asked me about it.

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