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Internet Ad Virus - looks like another Mahir trick.

Here we go again.

If you have seen KingFrank.com you might have had a sense of Deju Vu.. Another media-virus internet site? Oh yes, but it gets even better than that.....

Earlier you might have read the articles about the rubberburner.com, borntodestroy.com and supergreg.com created by Paul and Linus at Fallon (US) for their client BuddyLee.

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Canada and Australia have a lot in common.

You might have noticed that I mention the canadians teabaggers here once in a while, well, some hawkeyed ranter in that online forum has discovered yet another rip-off.

Now it's the Molson Rant that has been ripped off by Fosters Australia.

Try as you might, you could not avoid the avalanche of popularity the Molson Canadian Beer ad "The Rant" got this spring.

It was avidly written about in the tradepress, gossiped about in the regular Canadian press, and it even had it's own tail of urban myths.

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Creative Hand Jobs

The most publicized "intellectual property" case in recent months has been mounted by Pets.com against a rubber puppet used on the Conan O'Brien show in a recurring skit.

Pets.com sued Robert Smigel, creator and voice of "Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog," to the tune of $20 million for defaming their "spokespuppet."

The irony is, Triumph is over three years old (in dog years that's the equivalent of 21). Pets.com introduced their sockpuppet only a year ago in August 1999.

Providing further evidence that Pets.com's puppet dog is a copycat is European ad sensation, Flat Eric, whose success proved that spokespuppets were a viable execution.

For a better grasp of this trend, read "Attack of the Puppet People."

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On thin Ice.

Contains links and shots from commercials - not exactly the same idea - but spookily similar...

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wanted - an IDEA!

Have I told you once before? A layout is not an idea.

A layout can communicate an idea more or less effectivly - but never replace the idea. MmmKay?

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Sperm Bank Stereotypes

You know them sperm bank jokes? So does everybody else. Commercial stills and links to QT's available in here.

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Dogs and their owners look the same, and so do the ads.

Here's a good gag - ever noticed that dog look like their owners or vice versa? Well, you ain't the only one..

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Pore Bore

Augh - this Liechtenstein poster look was over-used even before them pore-cleaning things were invented! Stop it! stop it!

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Inspired by webmovies - or just plain lazy?

On the web funny clips have been circulating for as long as we could make them.. Animations, home movies, web-cams, you name it, it's out there..
But commercials using clips found on the web? Now there's an original idea...

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Thrill-seekers watch TV? Or Go to Playland?

Do people who like adrenalin rushes stay home in the couch? Or ride crazy rides? Here's how to make an entire TV commercial out of a *poster* idea!

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Wine and Mice.

...what no cheese? Ok, have you ever noticed that a computer mouse can look a wee bit like a wineglass when turned upside down? Well, so did everybody else!

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Airport! And again!

Airport inspiration - European creatives seem to travel a lot.

Two sets of posters executing the same idea.

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Only an inch away from the orginal...

When flogging some weight-loss product - always use the visual of a BELT. MMmmm'K? Actually - these are smarter than that - but oh-so-alike..

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Evian and other Waters

The old "fish prefers mineral water" gag is enough to make me cry - commando.com has also collected a bunch in his archives - here are three examples from around the planet...

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Toy Cars *R* Us!

Can you believe this one? Two identical ads-gags in "new and interesting media" (not unusual) winning - get this - the same dang award separated only by a few years!

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