There's a storm brewing over Virgin Mobile's use of a Creative Commons-covered photographs from Flickr users in a recent Australian print campaign. While Virgin Mobile clearly notes in the ads, created by Glue Society, where the photographs came from, some are concerned the people in the ads should have been given the chance to sign a model release and the Flickr users and photographers should have at least been asked permission to use the photographs.
With everything just a right click away, the issue of fair use, attribution, copyright or whatever name you want to apply, is a slippery slope indeed. Three days ago, one Flickr user who, apparently, has legal connections says he's sent a cease and desist letter to Virgin Mobile but has not yet received any acknowledgment regarding the letter. Flickr users, including the older brother of one of the girls who appears in one of the photos, are debating the issue here.
We've contacted Glue Society for comment and will report any response we receive as soon as we receive it.
UPDATE: Following an avalanche of complaints, Virgin Mobile has canceled this campaign.
Oh how those faux blog-loving marketers will never learn (until, of course, they're pummeled by transparency police. Read on). Attention, marketers. Repeat after us: "The consumer is not an idiot. The consumer in not an idiot. The consumer is not..." OK? Good. Now that you're all cured, let's all revel in the glory of faux-lover supreme, our friends over at Sony who, along with several other movie studios and companies, has just launched Hollywood in Hi-Def, a site that praises the visual and aural deliciousness of high definition DVDs.
Animal New York pointed us to this new Sisley ad by Zoo Advertising, Shanghai. Across the bottom of the brand are the words "Fashioin Junkie."
Irritation over the misspelling of "Fashion," and consequent suspicion of the ad's legitimacy, aside, Sisley is typified for the poetic license it exercises to put women in compromising positions, examples here and here. We're clearly not in the same neighborhood as cause-toting sister label Benetton anymore.
But hey, this is no time to preach the message. Clever use of the credit card in the spot, considering the nicely-carved coke-white dress probably cost as much as a nicely carved couple ounces.
UPDATE: In the comments section, a note from Sisley states these images are not the approved work of the company. Um, right. Is that why it took them so long to make this comment?
In hopes of winning points with the edgy and the tongue-in-cheek, Perrier launches Show Me Perrier.
The site works a little like Stumbleupon. You click on the Perrier logo (which, instead of "Perrier," says "Sexier") and it brings you to a new Web destination without driving you out of the Perrier site. Then you rate the content or contribute your own site to the mix.
We're thinking if Sears were to partner with eStara on a click-to-call, battery promotion project, the two might actually want the thing to work. Perhaps, we just caught them at a busy time. Although, we wonder how many people are really buying batteries at 12:30 AM. It's all working fine now but it's random glitches like this that insure POTS (plan old telephone service) will always have a place in this world.
Created by Wexley School for Girls to promote its Live Search Maps, Microsoft has launched the Pushpin Project, a program that recognizes favorite bars, restaurants, and local businesses by affixing an 8 foot by four foot inflatable push pin to the location. We're guessing it's all to make the online search service a bit more real world useful. Of course, any push pinned location is then added to a Live Search Map where Seattle residents can keep tabs on what's supposedly cool.
To combat the belief most Americans think Philips makes only light bulbs, Tribal DDB and DDB have created a campaign which combats that belief by showing people using Philips lioght bulbs to so things other Philips products wold normally do. For example, a woman feeds her baby with a light bulb instead of Philips baby bottles. A man shaves with a light bulb instead of a Philips Norelco razor. Scenarios such as this are played out across a time line that covers the span of one day. Each segment of the day plays a video such as the ones just mentioned.
It may not be as exciting a shaveeverywhere.com but it certainly explains the breadth of the philips product line n a simple and straight forward manner.
Motorola's Wirebreakers are back with a viral hopeful in which a headphone-wearing breakdancer storms onto a baseball field and starts to battle in front of first base.
Uh ... yeah. Motorola's PR efforts feel as broken as its Razrs and Qs.
We enjoy this print effort between Greek yogurt brand Fage and jewelry label Honora, in which the latter's pearls are given extra dimension by the parallel illusion of a dip into the rich Greek yogurt.
Fage may ring provincial, but its Ogilvy & Mather billing and collaborative dip-ins with brands like Honora suggest anything but.
We're having fun with this new quiz-style Match.com campaign, the first iteration of which we saw a couple of weeks ago.
In a rollover questionnaire housed by this unappetizing banner ad, we made the meat-loving choice and were redirected to a page full of meat-loving men.
We have to say their use of borderline campy imagery in these new dating ads is way more effective than the Tits + Love approach.