marketing mishaps

 

Markee the Sad

 

Photographer sues BuzzFeed for $3.6M for using photo without permission

Yikes! As reported by Paidcontent :"Photographer sues BuzzFeed for $3.6M over viral sharing model", Imaging Resource : "Photographer sues BuzzFeed for $3.6 million over image use", and Petapixel: "Photographer Sues BuzzFeed for $3.6M for Using Photo Without Permission" ....a photographer has sued Buzzfeed. For lots of money.

The image which was ganked off the photographers clearly labelled "all rights reserved" flickr page, and posted in a Buzzfeed listicle called the 30 funniest header faces. Buzzfeed did the DMCA thing and removed the image as soon as the Kai Eiselein alerted them to the fact that nobody had asked for permission to use that image. Not good enough! Kai Eiselein is slapping Buzzfeed with a suit anyway, arguing that Buzzfeed encourages people to share, syndicate, source and plain old steal from them - thus causing the image to appear all over the web.

Buzzfeed, Inc. actively encourages its users to share content, regardless of whether or not that content is owned by, or licensed to, Buzzfeed. The plaintiff asserts that Buzzfeed, Inc. is responsible for 61 contributory infringements upon his photograph.

Adland: 
 

Xbox One and the ASCII middle-fingers on facebook.

Right now the Xbox's Facebook page is home the what may be the worlds largest collection of ASCII art bird-flipping. Consumers aren't loving the new Xbox One system. Sony pwned Xbox with this Playstation 4 "official sharing tutorial", and I suppose the gamers decided to join in mocking Microsoft, invading facebook en masse.

Adland: 
 

Who is Zesty Guy really targeting; gay men or a million offended moms?

Ladies... Can we talk?

You know how I say sexist ads are bad for everyone, and that there's a balance of humor and emotion that needs to be reached for the character to evolve beyond the rock-hard abs, now he's just an object, so you know I'm not a fan. I'm not working for the type of equality where both genders have it equally bad.

Adland: 
 

Everydaysexism corners Facebook via advertisers, FB back down on anti-women 'hate speech' posts

This image with the found at the Facebook page "Offensive Humor at Its Best" shows a woman with her mouth taped shut and the idea to 'tape her and rape her', but Facebook doesn't consider it hate speech. Facebook's response to offensive joke is even more offensive says MSN as they explain that Laura Bates' Everyday Sexism Project aims to remove rape speech and anti-female content from Facebook. The interesting thing to us, dear adfolk, is that Laura's Everydaysexism twitter account often find national middle american brands advertising right next to really offensive images.

Adland: 
 

Copyright ignoring t-shirt makers thrive at Etsy, ripping off an illustrator near you

Jacqui Oakley is an established illustrator who uses oil, acrylic and elbow grease. You can find her on twitter as JacquiOakley, and her work on thousands of pinterest-boards, often uncredited and unlinked. She made this this Rihanna & zebra illustration with a splash of hot pink, and found much to her surprise an Etsy account selling a t-shirt with that print on it. A shop that has not asked for her permission.

Badland: 
Adland: 
 

Abercrombie & Fitch rebranded in Skid Row -> #FitchTheHomeless

When the headline: "Abercrombie and Fitch Would Rather Burn Clothing Than Donate to Those in Need" caught Greg Karber's eye, he knew that he had to gave a “brand readjustment” to Abercrombie & Fitch. He dashed off to goodwill and asked for "the douchebag section" to find and buy as many Abercrombie & Fitch items they had. Bag full of Abercrombie & Fitch clothes he then heads to skid row where here gave the clothes away to homeless people. Abercrombie and Fitch want "the attractive all-American kid" wearing their brand and told Salon in an interview that "a lot of people don't belong in our clothes."

“Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong , and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely."

Mike Jeffries to Salon.com

Adland: 
 

Liseberg amusement park's ad campaign offends Greece

Oh yeah, the above ad showing crying children with the lines: "Some children will have to go to Crete / Mallorca / Italy this summer" offends the Greeks. Dagens Nyheter reports that the Swedish Embassy in Athens has received a letter of complaint. The complaint wasn't about the unoriginal Jill Greenberg style of using crying babies / kids, even if it's been done to death. The Cretan Hoteliers are unhappy with the Swedish ads, because it's saying kids would be happier in an amusement park than on a Greek island.

Adland: 
 

Coke puts the most common names in Sweden on their bottles - except "Mohammed"

Coca Cola Sweden has lent the label of their bottle to the 150 most common first names in Sweden*, to make the Coke experience a little personal, and fun. You can spot the classics Maria, Karl, Birgitta and Göran on a bottle near you soon. The names were the 150 most common from the statistic central agency list of names, and lots of Emma, Oskar and Johan's will be able to find their names on bottles in a supermarket near them.

Adland: 
 

Mountain Dew drops DeWeezy Lil Wayne for offensive lyrics

Lil Wayne has dropped by Pepsi, stating that his "offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand." Why, it's as if Mountain Dew and PepsiCo had no idea that Lil' Wayne's lyrics are usually misogynist raps about sex and drugs. See also yourblackworld.net for updates Mountain Dew and Pepsico Explain Why They Dropped Lil Wayne.

Adland: 
 

"Need a Summer Job? Date a SUGAR DADDY."

Arrangementfinders.com have a billboard up in Los Angeles that was twice banned in Chicago. The billboard reads: "Need a Summer Job? Date a SUGAR DADDY." and depicts a cute blond girl touching up her makeup. I'm not sure how one lists sugar daddies on ones resumé, but perhaps this sort of internship is the fast track toward the stripper pole. The blond in the ad by the way, is none other than former porn star and Charlie Sheen “goddess” Bree Olson. The billboard is placed very near UCLA campus to attract young college-girls to the dating site, said Arrangementfinders marketing director AJ Perkins to ABCNews.com

Badland: 
Adland: 

Pages

Top