Adland is temporarily shut down. Hopefully, temporarily, as we have been given 24 hours to "remove the domain" from our web server host Vultr.
Why? They received an email from Amy Tindell at Holland & Hart LLP in Boulder CO demanding the removal of a Bridgestone ad from 2003.
The ad is "A Dog's Life" created by a team at BBDO Bangkok and winner of a silver award in the 2003 Asia Pacific Adfest. One of the claims she makes in her email, is that by writing "Bridgestone" in the article about the ad, we are infringing on their trademark. We would love to know what BBDO Worldwide thinks of this, and we have reached out to several people at BBDO via email and phone. We would love to hear back from Bridgestone as well.
Adland R.I.P. it was a place for heaven and hell for advertising addicts around the world, from 1996 until 2019, when they were kicked off their host thanks to a lawyer in Colorado.
The lawyer also cites "the Lanham act". The Lanham Act (also known as the Trademark Act of 1946) is the federal statute that governs trademarks, service marks, and unfair competition. Adland is not in the business of making tires or anything else auto-related like Bridgestone, so it quite obviously doesn't apply here.