Jill Greenberg photograph not cleared for banner ad usage. Ever.

Update time kids - I was right (ain't I always?) - the Jill Greenberg crying child photograph was not sold for commercial use at all. I knew that wasn't her style to sell her art project photographs for commercial use. I thought - even hoped, I'll admit - that there might have been some shady imagebank screwup involved, whom we could all agree to spend hate on, but as Admeta has told me over there telephone, it was all "a mistake".

A mistake. Taking someones artwork and making it an ad was just "woopsie".

Meanwhile Ms Greenberg has contacted me and confirmed that this is a case of copyright infringement, as well as a case of model release troubles. Remember, that little girl has parents who never agreed to this type of publication either.

Please see original thread here: Greenberg's crying toddlers used in ads for Admeta (Sweden).


Greenberg's crying toddlers used in ads for Admeta (Sweden)

Seems that I can't escape Jill Greenberg a.k.a the manipulator lately. I remember when people were yelling "child abuse" about her crying children portraits - see this post by Thomas Hawk Jill Greenberg is a Sick Woman Who Should Be Arrested and Charged With Child Abuse. (Thomas also posted the response he says he received from Greenberg here)

Most recently the outrage has been about her poorly set up shot of McCain with adgrunt BAP defending her right to creative freedom - which is fine even though, in my humble opinion she didn't even come close to creating another Alfried Krupp shot like Arnold Newman did which seems to be what she was going for. But I digress.

So I am somewhat surprised to find the artists child photo used in a humble banner ad for a small company in Sweden on Dagens Media today. Doesn't seem to be her style, to sell those images for banner ads. Do the toddlers parent's know? Little miss muppet is shilling Admeta. Is mum proud?


Update: Just to be clear: Jill Greenberg has not released this image for commercial use, and the little girls parents have not agreed to it either. Source: Ms Greenberg herself.

On Facebook, your face can be used in ads (without you knowing it) via SocialMedia

There's a new social media ad service posse in town, their name is Socialmedia - 'the social advertising network'. Their twist? To use your face with their ads, which they'll show to your friends -

We believe displaying friend pictures and first names within Facebook ads makes the content more relevant for you, and that you benefit from seeing relevant ads rather than being exposed to ads that may not have any meaning to you.

Flickr user Jakerome is not keen on these banners and wonders if they're even legal:

I believe what you are doing violates users rights to control their image. If a company wants to use my image to sell a product, they need to get a model release or another written contract. If you do not have a model release on file, then you are opening yourself up to civil liability.

Good Point.

While Social media themselves have jumped into that thread and state: "we make it easy for users to opt out of this program. and we also try to ensure that the only people that show up in ads are those that "raise their hand" explicitly and want to share their preferences with their friends (which we enable via the ad layer)" whatever the hell that means. So they reckon that they're covered.

Can we all aree that it's creepy though? And it might even mess up our carefully constructed cool / social standing - if something like this showed up, I would be excluded from the Madonna hater club and stripped of my stripes. I don't see anything on Socialmedia that says this won't happen.

Though, since I will have nothing to do with evil old facebook, who just hired Ted Ullyot, former right-hand man to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, as its general counsel - it won't happen to me anyway. Hat Tip newmateria.


Exxon's brand Hijacked on Twitter by a gal named Janet

Exxon Mobil's brand 'hijacked' by impersonator on Twitter reports And unlike the Mad Men tweets (all posts linked below) this is not a fan-fiction case. Exxon hasn't approached Twiiter about this problem yet, but judging by how fast Twitter removed the Mad Men people (before coming to their senses), they might be just as quick to kill off Janet. All you got to do now is ask, Exxon. Is it fan fiction when were talking about a real company? Will be interesting to see how this one pans out.

But the user posing as "Janet" from ExxonMobil and posting what appeared to be legitimate "Tweets" is not authorized by Exxon Mobil to be posting about the company. Exxon Mobil does not know who "Janet" is or if he or she is even a company employee, Exxon Mobil spokesman Alan Jeffers said Monday.

"She is not an authorized person to speak on behalf of the company," he said. "There are several inaccuracies (on Twitter). We take great care in having authorized people speak on behalf of the company. We want to make sure anyone who is speaking for the company is doing so accurately."

At the end of the article, Shel Holtz, principal of Holtz Communication + Technology, gives out some free advice:

"Any company should be acquiring the Twitter account names that are most likely to be construed as official accounts," he noted. "Far too many organizations shrug off emerging social media channels like Twitter and Friendfeed. The Janet incident should make it painfully clear just how easy it is for somebody to step in and represent your organization with inaccurate and even damaging information using these very channels."

Going mad for Mad Men, again! 08/18/2008
Mad Men Tweets not issued by AMC - takedown notices sent 08/26/2008
Twitter and AMC get smart - reinstate the Mad Men Tweets. 08/27/2008

Are you coder enough to crack these problems?

Agencies Peacock and Lonely Duck got together and created the 100%-flash based code-cracking website "welcome to the list" where there are lots of interesting programming problems to be solved. The ones who solve the problems the fastest have 100 jobs at ÅF to choose from - because this is actually a recruiting site. The game ends the 31st of October.

But that's not all that is hidden on this site, there are also 1500 Jolt Cola's hidden as easter eggs everywhere. And since I'm not looking for a job as a programmer, I challenge you to find more of them than I have! ;)


Kauhajoki school shooting brings out the worst in banners

Right now, reports are still all over the place regarding the shooting at a school in Kauhajoki, Finland. Some say the gunman has killed himself, some say that he's been arrested - see the google news cluster.


Finland's second school massacre in under a year began at 0800GMT in the town of Kauhajoki, about 180 miles (300km) northwest of Helsinki, and lasted slightly over an hour.

Initial reports said that police had managed to arrest the killer, but the town mayor told Reuters that he had turned the gun on himself.

What is certain in this tragic incident, is that once again the automatic ad targeting software was way to diligent over at When the first reports came in, a banner declared: Silence, I kill you! as seen in the screenshot taken by tomsun Måns Adler on his cellphone here. Ugh - whatever that banner is selling, I don't want to buy it.



The JWT graduates are 10 times filtered...

The JWTgrads are 10 times filtered - just like the Smirnoff Vodka commercial that came out of JWT last year. I have no idea if this means that JWT graduates go well with some tomato juice, worcester sauce, tabasco and a stick of celery but I'll give anything a try once.


More evil flash banner ads, this time they will hijack your clipboard.

It's been a while since we talked about banner ads being hijacked for malware spreading, sadly this does not mean that such banner tricks aren't around anymore. Here's a new twist - booby-trapped Flash banner ads can hijack your clipboard - feeding it a hard-to-delete (you must quit your browser) URL that points to a fake anti-virus program. If you are the type who copy-pastes a lot when you surf around the web, this will be super annoying.

Mac users, don't look smug - it affects us too. Apple forums has some discussions on it:

This has happened to me twice now, on two separate computers at work. My clipboard has been hijacked with this:
http:// ----evilsite-------
And once it's in the clipboard, I can't copy anything else over it until I've restarted the machine.

It's easy to use Flash with ActionScript code to load a malicious URL into a target clipboard says security researched Avid Raff and demonstrates it here (non-evil URL but at that link he will show you the clipboard hijack). See there is a snippet in Flash that you may use called System.setClipboard(), I have no idea what that was originally intended for. Flash documentation reads:

The System.setClipboard() method allows a SWF file to replace the contents of the clipboard with a plain-text string of characters. This poses no security risk. To protect against the risk posed by passwords and other sensitive data being cut or copied to clipboards, there is no corresponding “getClipboard” (read) method.

Right, except of course when people but evil URL's in your clipboard and trick you into visiting bad sites that way. Should we stop copy-pasting or will Adobe come to their senses and create a dialogue window warning that the clipboard is being used like they do when the Camera.get() or Microphone.get() are called?


Big Brother meets the youtube generation - check out

Atavahuset is a flash heavy house-website-thingie where people who have webcams can sign up to move into the house. It's the insurace company Atava, who in order to celebrate their new home insurance built this web-house which is a bit like a cross between Big Brother and youtube.
Viewers can vote on people who live in the house - and thus vote the most boring channels off the island, errr.. out of the building. Right now I'm watching Christer, a 47 year old father of three vacuum his living room and I want to keep him in just for doing something as ordinary as that. There are a few Glamour-models in the house, the fresh faced and super-blond Olivia is currently talking about all of her neighbours saying that she watches Andrea the most. And she admits that she really likes Mikael - becase who doesn't? I love him too (clip inside).

Every day one person is evicted and a new one moves in and the game starts over again - check out the queue to move in here on the left. Listening to them all at once is rather funny, right now I can hear a guy saying "I'm in Atavahuset I'm currently on air all over Sweden! Check me out!" as he's on the phone to his friends "no, A T A V A-huset, my god don't you have internet?".

There's also chats in the house so that you may ask the people who "live" in it questions, and some cheeky bugger just asked Olivia the glamourmodel to show off some outfits. Hey! It's not that kind of house Mr!

The blog keeps tracks of what has been going on in the house.


Can you guess the website by just one letter?

Hey kids. We've played the Can you guess the movie title from just one letter? (and no, surprise, they were not all Trajan Pro.)

Now lets do it again but web-nerdier - guess the website from just one letter!

Axonoid's guess the Logos is friendlier than the Movie guessing game as it's case insensitive and space insensitive. Go nuts.