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Andy Law's new advertising agency

Andy Law started as a founder of St. Lukes in 1999, then left in 2003 after disagreements, and then in started boymeetsgirl with Kate Stanners and David Pemsel in 2003. In September that same year, there was a fall out and Stanners and Pemsel left. In January, IHT reported that Law was looking for investors to "support his plan to turn a revamped Boymeetsgirl into an international network of agencies."

Now, Law has apparently bounced back from the liquidation of boymeetsgirl, partnering up with Preevan Kenneth, formerly of Publicis India and most recently chief executive at St Luke's India, to start Law & Kenneth. Their idea is for Law & Kenneth, which promises to offer clients the entire spectrum of marketing services, to be a nodal network of small offices, where the focus is on building partnerships between people and with clients.

"The idea is to create a mutual agenda to co-create value and deliver better advertising," says Mr Law. "The network marries the wisdom of mature, Western markets with the energy and freshness of emerging markets to offer an East-meets-West confluence. With the right people who are committed to the belief in place across markets, we are in a strong position to create a network of this kind."

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Pepsi brings back surf advert

Back in January, Dab posted about Pepsi pulling/postponing a surf themed ad featuring Beckham, Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry and other football stars, after the tragic tsunami that hit Southeast Asia last Decemeber.

Now, Pepsi has brought the ad back, although with caution. The ad, created by AMV BBDO, won't be airing on TV but will be viewable on Pepsi's thirstforfootball.com site accompanied by a hefty PR campaign, by Ketchum.

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Crow to hawk for Dell

Starting tomorrow, commercials airing nationwide for Dell's personal computers and consumer electronics will feature singer Sheryl Crow and her new single, "Good is Good."

The new commercials will show Crow at home, playing around with her guitar and Dell's home-entertainment products. At one point, she watches her new video on a Dell plasma TV and flips through on-screen menus using the media center remote control.

Dell screened about 40 celebrities before choosing Crow, "in large part for being real and accessible," Farello said.

Aside from her music fame, Crow is also known as the girlfriend of pro-cycling champion Lance Armstrong. Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell's chief rival, recently presented a special-edition Lance Armstrong notebook computer.

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A short chat with Leslie A. Kelly about copyrights

Back in Feb, we wrote about Photos, blogging and fair use, as photographer Naomi Harris had found her picture on the popular soft-porn blog fleshbot (part of Gawker media) and wasn't too pleased. After reading PDN's article and checking Gawkers disclaimer I was more confused than enlightened. Were blogs and search engines suddenly the same thing?

Gawkers disclaimer states that it follows the DMCA and links to a pdf of the Leslie Kelly, et al. v. Arriba Soft Corp. ruling, which is the case of a photographer vs a search engine image search (much like google images) that used thumbnails for visual representations of the search results. See "Kelly wins against Arriba Soft Appellate Court affirms US Copyright Law protects images located on the Internet"

Luckily, this posting put me in touch with Leslie A. Kelly who probably knows more about the subject than anybody, so here follows a short chat with Leslie A. Kelly from the now famous Leslie Kelly, et al. v. Arriba Soft Corp case.

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Crispin Porter and Bogusky plays strip poker

If a friend acted like this, we'd all be telling them "You know what your problem is? You need to get laid, really bad." Seems we've seen the undressed ideas apply to nearly everything from CP&B as of late. ;)

CP&B have yet again come up with a online sexay advergame/site. This one isn't too far fetched actually, as it is for Victorias Secret, and it combines the biggest net-craze right now, Poker, with near-nudity. Clever. Point your browser to Pink Panty Poker where you can see total strangers in their underwear playing poker. The campaign is supposed to target 18-24 year old women, so I guess that's why it's full of half-naked supermodels. ;)

Via adverblog

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Coca Cola India demand "unconditional apology" from photographer

Oy vey, did they send Coke PR people to the charm-school of Lizzie Grubman or what? First some fool in Denmark tells a site not to link to coke, and now Coke India are threatening to slap a defamation suit for Rs. 2 Million on a photographer simply because one of his photographs doesn't appeal to Coke.

Bad move, brown sugar water. In India coke already has it's problems with goodwill, especially in the south where the Plachimada Coke-botteling facility was shut down after intense community pressure, but has now been re-opened after the the Kerala High Court now has permitted Coca-Cola to extract up to 500,000 liters of water from the common groundwater resource per day. See "Let Them Drink Coke" at IPnews and google newsclusters about it, or head straight to India Resource for more Coke India news. Apparantly it takes seven times as much water to create one bottle of Coke, a process that can't bode well for areas that already lack, and thus need, water.

So when Sharad Haksar took a quite poetic photograph of colorful pitchers lining up in front of a waterpump, which just happens to be situated near a wall that has a "Drink Coca Cola" ad painted all over it, and to top it all off displayed his art on a billboard, coke wasn't happy at all. The gall of this artist! Coke claims this billboard has done 'incalcuable damage' to their brand and want it withdrawn immediately, they also want "unconditional apology".

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Crazy Frog beats KFC as most talked about annoying ad

Brandrepublic reports on the latest "Ads That Make News" survey, which shows that crazy frog beats out KFC Chicken Zinger as the most talked about ad in the news in June, despite KFC being the most complained about advert.

The UK's most complained about ad, showing call centre staff talking with their mouths full of KFC, was number two on the list, as newspapers reported that despite more than 1,600 complaints from irate viewers, it was not going to be banned or withdrawn. The ad was created by Bartle Bogle Hegarty.

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Yet another iPod (spoof). The flea.

Those equipped with windows media can head over to the New York Times and catch an iPod spoof The iPod Flea Ad Spoof.

This week, David Pogue has arranged for a special guest video artist: Scott Kelby, Photoshop maven. Last week, as he keynoted his own Mac Design conference, he played a hilarious Apple ad spoof for something called the iPod Flea, which I'm pleased to offer in its Web debut.

Via researcher.

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