Dutch Teen Gets Jailtime for Boosting Virtual Furniture

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Word from the Habbo Hotel, a virtual destination with a moderate following: virtual stuff is purchased with real money, so theft is liable for real consequences.

Guess that makes sense.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-14-07    
Topic: Online, Policy, Strange



Wal-Mart Offers Money-Saving Advice in Julie Roehm Spoof Ad

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Odd that it took so long but here's a spoof ad centered on the whole Wal-mart/Julie Roehm thing that touts the chains unbeatable prices and...uh...unbeatable lawyers. Not much else to say other than don't fuck your co-workers and file a lawsuit while employed at Wal-Mart. The outcome will not be pleasant.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 4-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Policy, Spoofs



Sharapova Crotch Shot Begets Canon A New Tagline

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While we thought our Maria Sharapova/Dentsu lawsuit headline, "Maria Sharapova's Crotch A Key Element in Dentsu Lawsuit" was good, this one, "Make Every Shot, a Crotch Shot," is pretty good too. We think Canon might like that word play on its "Make Every Shot A Powershot" tagline. Oddly, the Sharapova photo that has the world all aflutter was taken during a Canon photo shoot.

This is just too much fun. And it's over nothing at all. It's a stupid photo originally shared among co-workers and a cultural misunderstanding of what passes for normal behavior in Japan. We're told the whole hot tub thing is as normal as being invited to play golf with your boss. And the crotch shot? It's hardly a celebrity snatch shot the likes of Britney Spears or Paris Hilton sans underwear. Sharapova was fully clothed in tennis attire when the shot was taken. If she was worried about anyone seeing her underwear, she wouldn't have been sitting the way she was in the photo. This is about as racy as a picture of a woman wearing a bikini while sitting on the beach.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-07    
Topic: Agencies, Policy, Racy, Strange



Maria Sharapova's Crotch A Key Element in Dentsu Lawsuit

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Adverganza picks up on a story about a former Dentsu employee, Steve Biegel, who while employed as a creative director for the agency in its New York office claims he was sexually harassed and has sued the agency. The suit claims Biegel's boss, Toyo Shigeta who heads Dentu's US operations "forced him into visiting brothels, distributed lewd pictures of, among other females, tennis star Maria Sharapova (specifically of her crotch), which Shigeta took on a Canon shoot in October 2004 and also insisted that Biegel and others hang out nude in a hot tub with him."

Aside from the fact that sounds like every day, normal behavior for a horny Japanese dude (OK, any dude), excepting, perhaps, the hot tub thing, Biegel says the events left him humiliated and degraded. Biegel complained, got fired and unleashed the legal eagles on Dentsu.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 1-07    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity, Policy, Racy, Strange



The Cookie May Crumble With 'Do Not Track' List

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Today, a group of privacy groups declared war on advertisers by asking the Federal Trade Commission to establish an online Do Not Track list similar to the offline Do Not Call list. The Consumer Federation of America and the World Privacy Forum, among others, want marketers to stop using cookies which enable behavioral targeting.

There has been much debate on the merit of cookies and their use to track online behavior. Marketers argue it makes the online experience better because ads are more closely targeted to the individual. Privacy advocates claim advertisers have no business collecting information about where on the internet someone has gone unless consent has been given.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-31-07    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Policy, Tools



UK: 'Net Harms Homegrown Values, Nurtures Bullying and Child Porn

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We like checking up on the BBC, mainly because its home nation seems really nervous about the internet (whose merits and demons we were comparably quick to embrace).

In the last few weeks, the BBC has furnished vigilant parents with terror-stricken warnings about Cyber Bullying and ID theft (social networking's mainly to blame), the "worsening" state of child porn, and the denigration of basic human values resulting from virtual worlds. (Well, we could've told you that.)

But we can't hate that hard. NY state is home to investigators that posed as kids to tempt sex predators on Facebook. Nice.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-25-07    
Topic: Online, Policy, Trends and Culture



Italy May Tax Hard-Working, Salt-of-the-Earth Bloggers!

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BoingBoing via Beppe Grillo reports that Italian politician Ricardo Franco Levi has proposed a law that requires anyone with a blog or website to register with the government and produce certificates or pay a tax.

This holds even if the publisher has no intention of making money with the site.

The draft was approved by the Council of Ministers on October 12th.

Bastardos!

Grillo vows, "My blog won't close. If I have to, I'll transfer lock stock, barrel and server to a democratic State." There's the hot-bloodedness we know and love.

In a thoughtful post-script, he provides Levi's email address to "anyone wishing to express their opinion" about the draft law.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-24-07    
Topic: Online, Policy



Toscani's Anorexia Ads Unleash the Italian PC Police

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The Nolita ad at left features Isabelle Caro, a French actress suffering from anorexia.

Guess who's responsible for it? Oliviero Toscani, the guy who fell out of Benetton shortly after his controversial "We, On Death Row" campaign in 2000.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-21-07    
Topic: Cause, Events, Outdoor, Policy, Social



Gigantic Goes After MDC's We Are Gigantic For Trademark Infringement

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Over two years ago, Bernard Urban rebranded his URBANadvertising company to become GIGANTIC. In April, agency We Are Gigantic was born out of an MDC consolidation of its MFP and Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners agencies. We Are Gigantic is headed by Niel Powell who formerly was a partner at the now defunct MFP which suffered significant client loss.

Both GIGANTIC and We Are Gigantic are located in New York. Urban has taken issue with MDC naming its new shop We Are Gigantic and has filed suit against We are Gigantic, L.L.C. and Neil Powell claiming trademark infringement.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-07    
Topic: Agencies, Policy



Choco-Brown Bud Business Gets Busted in Oakland

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Here's a great way to maintain staying power in a market: make the product illegal, and ensure enforcement is next to impossible.

Word has it that an Oakland-based business called Tainted, which pushes weed-laced candies and other food products to "cannabis clubs," got raided last week.

Business was apparently thriving: the company has ordered almost four tons of chocolate in two years to support a sweet tooth for Mr. Greenbud and Buddafinga bars.

A store manager and two couriers have been arrested, but the firm's owner Michael Martin is still at large. He faces charges of federal conspiracy.

There's something wrong with this picture. Can you imagine a bunch of pot-laced kids trying to overthrow The Man? They can't even get up off their couches. Legalizing cannabis might be the best thing that ever happens to our government.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 4-07    
Topic: Policy










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