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.
There's something a tiny bit depressing about seeing Cuba Gooding Jr. in a TV commercial. After all, the guy went from Oscar winner to...underwear spokesman? That's gotta hurt. However, these new Martin Agency-created, Lost Planet-edited Hanes commercials featuring Gooding Jr. and Michael Jordan are quite good. Gooding, perhaps channeling a bit of his Jerry McGuire-esque charm, gets a bit Oscar spastic-like when he meets Jordan who's wearing a Hanes t-shirt.
In a second spot, he thanks Jordan for gifting him a pair Hanes Comfort Soft Waistband boxers. It doesn't go so well. But Gooding makes it work so well we like watching him as much as we like watching Jennifer Love Hewitt in her Hanes commercials. OK, that didn't come out so well.
Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam put together these ads that continue to promote Old Spice's worldly wisdom with the Experienced Man Challenge, a series of domestic trials gone wild that gauge a real man's capability, suave and scent.
The spots are directed by Brian Lee Hughes. Here we see two dudes struggling to start an engine; here one gets a sturdy door open with a sexy knock; and here, perhaps most trying of all, one parallel-parks with a camel.
Manly indeed. Who doesn't get hot over a sexy knock? We're way out of bom chica wah wah territory now.
We don't know why, but lately we're paying a lot of attention to the ads that appear on MySpace. Taking advantage of the teens who sit around filling out blog questionnaires all day, T-Mobile recently launched a quiz campaign where you're asked all sorts of inane multiple-choice questions by people who still think other people say "posse."
A variation involving pets is here. We're reminded of a campaign Match.com is also running.
It's always wince-worthy to watch big brands work hard to catch the thought streams racing through a whole 'nother world. Then again, maybe there's something to these individual-toting ad messages. MySpace's Shawn Gold did recently mention the social networking giant wanted to release user psychographics.
In the race to stay salient in the We-Can-Be-Phones-AND-Radios! pissing contest, Sprint drives right to the point with its new "Sprint Ahead" campaign, which boasts psychedelic graphics to highlight the tagline, "Music so fast it's trippy."
We hate to get our metaphors mixed but trippy music brings the one-time hazard of CD-skipping to mind, something that, before iPod, drove us crazy. And anyway, do we really want to use the word "trippy" in any context shared with sprinting?
Sounds like an accident waiting to happen.
The campaign was orchestrated by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco.
Sounding very much like Morgan Freeman, the Tom Kane-intoned voice over in these new Shine Advertising-created spots (one, two) for the Madison Wisconsin Mallards baseball team (yes, we'd never heard of them either) conveys the purity of America's favorite passtime (at least the way it should be) to...opera and stamp collecting. Yes, we know. It sounds very strange but, on some odd level, it works.
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.
AKQA London has launched a weird little YouTube campaign for Pot Noodle in the UK.
We like the campaign mainly because, in exchange for user-generated fare, they've opted not to dole out the usual $10K. Instead, winners get a FREE CASE OF POT NOODLE!!!, which is probably exactly what they're worth.
Oh yeah, you can also win a PS3.
We never get tired of a rip on boy bands, especially when the pith is as thinly-veiled as it is on Fruit Guy Fans, a site for a Fruit of the Loom-sponsored boy band whose costumes are just as fruity as its music.
The concept's actually pretty sound, resisting the urge to go over the top like so many other parodies (or not) tend to. Download MP3s for would-be one-hit wonders like "You Can't Overlove." Our favorite is "Dream."
Thanks Bill for the heads-up and the bad poetry.
We were screwing around on some foreign news site when we saw the banner at left and thought, "Hey, Smokey Bear! Can't believe that guy is still around."
Out of curiosity, we hit www.smokeybear.com and found a creepy video that involves a child singing some song about forest fires, coupled with imagery of a spark igniting stenciled animals and a forest.
Smokey's Vault is a feature that brings Smokey into 2007 with a bunch of hip little spigot-thingies. There we discovered that Smokey was an actual baby bear that in 1950 rolled charred (and orphaned) out of the forest after a (clearly unprevented) forest fire.
And that's way more about fire-shy Bear than we ever thought we'd know. Those spigots, or at least that Bambi-esque banner ad, are clearly very effective.