NEW YORK, May 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The two-time Emmy® Award-winning, nationally syndicated hit daytime series The Dr. Oz Show is launching an aggressive campaign to fight copyright infringement and illegal use of the Dr. Oz name, image and show beginning Monday, May 6.
In an effort to inform viewers and protect them from rogue vitamin and supplement company marketing campaigns that illegally use the Dr. Oz name, beginning May 6, Dr. Mehmet Oz will end each show with a disclaimer that reads:
"If you receive an e-mail or any kind of direct marketing claiming to be from me selling a product with my name, my image or the show's name, you need to know IT'S NOT ME! I consider anyone that uses my name or my picture to try to sell you a product or supplement reckless and dangerous. They are undermining my credibility with you and the trust you place in me. More importantly, it could be dangerous to your health. Please go to doctoroz.com/oz-watch to report if you receive any messages that use me to sell you anything. To see a list of our trusted partners, please go to Dr. Oz.com."Over 11,000 complaints have been logged through the OzWatch portal on www.doctoroz.com, which is devoted to detecting and enforcing infringement. "Today I am taking back my name and protecting my viewers from people I consider dangerous, who try to mislead you into buying products I don't endorse," said host Mehmet Oz, M.D. "Anything you see on this show is part of a conversation I am having with you about your health. We are always transparent about our trusted, official partnerships and a full list of these partners is available on our website." Over the past several years, ubiquitous banner ads featuring Dr. Oz endorsements have saturated the internet, embedded through sites like Facebook, Google, Amazon and YouTube targeting consumers with misleading advertising for products that may have been seen on the show. Recently, e-mail spamming, targeted ads and robo-calling have all been reported by viewers. As a result, the first show of Season 4 in September 2012 addressed this issue and launched "OzWatch" on the doctoroz.com web site, where viewers could report violations and turn in e-mails they received. The Dr. Oz Show has produced close to 700 shows in four seasons that bring new actionable information that the perpetrators can deploy immediately. Items mentioned on the 700 "The Dr. Oz Show's" produced over the past four seasons that have resulted in the largest organized fraudulent efforts include green coffee bean extract, raspberry ketones and garcinia cambogia.