This is the case of Verizon vs. Motorola's Super Bowl ad from 2000. They're similar, in fact very similar, but that's not the funny part...

Yahoo biz! reports that Levi's are suffering from banned ad syndrome this week. Last night Levi's decided to pull the ad where a woman riding on horseback jumps over a train.

super adgrunts, just click the image to view the ad.

Levis "Born again" advert has been banned in New Zealand, reports stuff.co.nz.

The complains argued that the baptism imagery was highly offensive as it was a sacred Christian sacrament. The Television Commercial Approvals Bureau said the advertisement had not depicted a Christian baptism and "born again" was a phrase that could be used in non-religious circumstances. However, the board ruled that the 52 complainants had found the ceremony depicted offensive.

Something eerily familiar about those BuyMusic.com ads?

This article in Slate details how BuyMusic's new ads are blatant and shameless rip-offs of Apple's iTunes ads. Even their slogan - "Music Downloads for the Rest of Us" - rip-off the ad slogan Apple used to launch the iMac way back when.

Those who don't know their history are condemned to repeat it.

But repeat it this well? This is a carbon-copy of the idea - with herring instead of meatballs.

Two quicktime films are waiting for you to click "read more.."

Whoa,

The U.S. doesn't ban Viagra ads when Rafel Palmiero advertises for Viagra. So, why does Brazil, the land of the Samba, wants to ban their Viagra ads with their legend Pele advertising for them?

Azcentral reports that a billboard featuring a sultry-looking Bonnie-Jill Laflin will not be seen in Helena. PETA lets you download the ad in .pdf format under that link, and explains their actions.
Those truly interested in how animals are treated at rodeos (without PETA's FUPOV) - where the animals are sports-animals, complete with stars much like basketball played by humans - should research here. PBRnow animal welfare , Prorodeo, and Rodeo about.com . Hat tip to Clayton for ranting on adlist.

Okay, you all remember the Levi's commercial that aired during the Super Bowl entitled, "Crazy Legs". It featured a guy with the craziest legs you ever saw. Well, it seems McDonald's noticed how odd, yet popular this commercial was. So they came up with the almost exact same commercial...only the guy in their ad didn't have crazy legs. He had a crazy stomach.

There was some ups and downs in this years Cannes Lions awards, our annual international drama and gossip, how I wish I had been a fly on the wall in the Jury room.

Grey Auckland created a campaign that looks quite a lot like an old Gary Larson joke. It also happened to win Grand Prix Outdoor.

If you haven't read Larson you are a poseur creative - there's a reason his books can be found in nearly every agencies library. His quirky humor triggers creativity. Yep, thats the reason. It's been proven in focus groups.

These ads are quite cute, an exiting new media. Nobody seems to have thought of advertising in the gutter before, even though we keep our minds there most of the time.

... Or have they?

Harvey Nichols insists the advert, which shows the driver nearly running over a man while using the rear-view mirror to apply her lipstick, was tongue in cheek.

Tongue in cheek or not, the ASA has banned this Harvey Nichols lipstick ad after receiving 12 complaints that the ad was "irresponsible, because it showed unsafe driving, and offensive to people who had been, or who knew people who had been, involved in road accidents."

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Some people believe that every ad that is similar in idea to another ad, is a rip-off. Others know that the idea God messes with our heads from time to time, and two people can come up with the same idea to solve the same problem.

After all, we are megaphones for the memes - we stand on the shoulders of giants. All artists borrow, get inspired and sometimes even steal. We also add ideas together in a classic 1+1=3, a winepress and metal type combined made Johannes Gutenberg famous as the inventor of the printing press.

Lets have a look at the amusing world of similarly designed record covers.