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"Salaries for Rights Clearance types just went up. Way up."

So said Jordan Stratford on adlist when he tipped us to the story of the model whose image was used for years without his permission on Taster's Choice coffee labels.

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Citizens United thanks Hollywood A-list on billboards

Citizens United has booked billboard space near the near the Kodak Theatre (where the Acadamy Awards are held) for the month of February. The billboards that look like they have been art directed by a chimp with glaucoma thank Hollywood A-listers for their help getting President Bush reelected. Michael Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Affleck, Martin Sheen, Chevy Chase, Barbara Streisand, and Sean Penn are the targets for this highly illogical campaign. (read more)

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L'Oreal apologizes to customer for offending "pedophile vibes" ad

Proof that one lone complaint can kick up a shitstorm if it's done right is this story from Sweden. Sara who blogs at Hedgehog in a storm opened a magazine the other day to find a L'Oreal ad which sent "pedophile vibes", she reacted quite strongly to. She reported the ad to ERK, the Ethical Advertising watchdog of Sweden, and the Market Ethic advisors, but she didn't stop there. Sara who works as a children ombudsman also sent off press releases, and pretty soon she was contacted by SVT local news....

So far in the story, woman from target market 1, L'Oreal 0.

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Introducing The Shabbies, from the bAd Club, Bombay.

Adgrunts in India will want to vent some spleen by reccomending categories for (and later voting at) the bAd Club's The Shabbies, which seek to, um, "reward" the work that The Abbies somehow never seem to get down to.

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Stop Smiling Magazine

Todd Lamb asks a bunch of silly questions to skateboard god/musician Tommy Guerrero in the latest issue of Stop Smiling Magazine. I just read it. He asks him "Morrissey--Weenie or Warrior?" and "Have you ever owned a teal colored car? "

This guy used to write for Larry Flynt's Big Brother Mag. My friends in LA used to collect that skate mag. I heard he's working at Mother in New York now.

Anyway, it's LOL funny. Check it out. stopsmilingonline.com

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Gratuitousness in Ads

If you judged our society based on the ads alone, one would wonder if we cared about anything but sex. True it is a part of our animal instinct, but at the same time, is it possible might not relate every item that we purchase to some way bringing us closer to the carnal act? From clothing to scent to items as boring as writing impliments, it seems gratuitous sexual images or innuendos find their way into ads.

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PSA for stoplandmines.org had me shaking

It goes without saying we're pretty insulated over here in the United States. Nowhere is that more evident than in the fact that we've yet to ratify an international mine-ban treaty. Maybe that's because we've never had to live with the horror of landmines. Now comes this spot that brings it into our own backyard. Pretty intense.


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Film by Brooklyn Brothers

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And the Oscar goes to...the AFLAC duck?

Well, the nominations are in and already the Oscar buzz is beginning. And I'm not talking about the movies. I'm talking about the brands in the movies. Think it's a joke? Give it a few years. The way Hollywood and advertising is going, it's only a matter of time.

AFLAC The familiar duck that promotes the supplemental health insurance sold by Aflac made its film debut in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," appearing briefly in a scene playing, well, itself. In the scene, the duck, inside a boat during a storm, is squarely in the path of an unfortunate event involving a flaming stove.

"We were as concerned as Paramount was that if we would do it, it would not be commercial and compromise the film," said Laura Kane, second vice president at Aflac in Columbus, Ga., referring to the Paramount Pictures division of Viacom, which released the movie.

Initially, Ms. Kane said, the script "started with the duck saying the entire word 'Aflac,' " as it does in the series of spots created by the Aflac agency, the Kaplan Thaler Group in New York, part of the Publicis Groupe. "But we thought that was too commercial," she added, "so it just blurts, 'Aaaaaaaaaaa!' "


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