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Jill Greenberg photograph not cleared for banner ad usage. Ever.

Update time kids - I was right (ain't I always?) - the Jill Greenberg crying child photograph was not sold for commercial use at all.

I knew that wasn't her style to sell her art project photographs for commercial use. I thought - even hoped, I'll admit - that there might have been some shady image bank screwup involved, whom we could all agree to spend our hate on.

But as Admeta has told me over the telephone, it was all "a mistake".

A mistake.

Taking someone's artwork and making it an ad was just "whoopsie".


Meanwhile, Ms. Greenberg has contacted me and confirmed that this is a case of copyright infringement, as well as a case of model release troubles.


Remember, that little girl has parents who never agreed to this type of publication either.


Please see the original thread here: Greenberg's crying toddlers used in ads for Admeta (Sweden).

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deeped's picture

Admeta is in big trouble...

blabla's picture

Shouldn't a company called "admeta" know more about rights for usage in ads? The irony is killing me.

alex's picture

It says here:

"Admeta has the tools to offer you a solution which will increase the ROI of your company and business forever."

It also says:

"Your privacy is our privacy"


"Admeta AdImprover automatically improves the results, by displaying the right ad at the right time."

and then there's:

"Our state of the art technology derives from our staff’s special competence, high education level and great powers of innovation."

I'm saying nowt, me.

Allan1's picture

One of my former clients had a boss/owner who liked to collect and display avant garde art at the office (since the office consisted of 9 large 2-story buildings on a large campus, he had a lot of room). [Did I mention that he had a lot of money too? :-) ]

At one point, they had one hallway decorated with Greenburg's ape pictures - around 25 of them. Each picture was about 2' x 3' (IIRC). They were up for about 3 months. In one of the buildings I occupied, they installed about 8 of the crying babies - each about 4' x 5'. They are disturbing to have them hanging over you every day! (Did I mention the buildings had 20+' ceilings? Also, some of the halls were a couple hundred feet long, and 20+' wide.)

The works are disturbing, and we've previously covered their backgrounds and controversies...

Bill.'s picture

I swear I have worked at the same office as you. If this is the Allan I remember I hope you are doing well.

Dabitch's picture

Well, they certainly do provoke a reaction (The end times / crying toddlers series) and are also a favorite to copy in advertising - see Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai shilling "Freshly made angel hair" and Netto "shop small" which clearly are quite ...eh... inspired by the End Times. It was just a matter of time, really, before some ad-hack nicked one of the images for something. I think Greenberg's images have been used in thousands of digital mockups by now.