eHarmony’s Sour Note

This Hanft Raboy and Partners ad for is timely. Reuters is reporting that dating site eHarmony is facing legal action in California for denying lesbians and gays the right to use its service. Lawyers bringing the action on behalf of Linda Carlson are seeking to make their case into a class action lawsuit. eHarmony […]

Beam Exercises Restraint

The New York Times is doing its best to see through the pr machinations of a large adult beverage marketer. Beam Global Spirits and Wine — which makes brands like Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon and Canadian Club whiskey — announced it would voluntarily adopt stricter rules to keep messages away from young people. […]

Lawsuit From Big Pink

See if you can figure this one out. From the AP: Levon Helm, former drummer for The Band, is suing a Manhattan advertising firm over the use of the band’s signature song, “The Weight,” in a television commercial. In a lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in December, Helm asks for information about BBDO Worldwide’s […]

The Law Of The Advertising Landscape

With the recent bi-partisan effort to enact further restrictions on tobacco advertising, I decided to explore the issue further. Just how much does advertising and marketing need to be regulated? It doesn’t matter who’s in power in Washington—there are both Democrats and Republicans who want to impose the additional tobacco regulations. It seems we are […]

Industry to Kennedy: Restrict Us Not

Senators Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. and John Cornyn, R-Texas, along with 29 sponsors from both sides of the aisle, recently introduced a bill designed to significantly restrict tobacco advertising–particularly to minors–by giving the FDA authority over the product’s marketing. In the House, Reps. Henry Waxman D-Calif., and Tom Davis, R-Va., introduced a similar measure with nearly […]

AGs to A-B: “Underage Drinkers Can’t Click With”

I took note of an Ad Age article from last week about’s “Walled Beer Garden.” The piece questioned the effectiveness of the site. No matter how good content is, it has to be shareable, and that’s where the venture falls short. In, A-B and DDB, Chicago, have essentially created a walled beer garden […]

Jeff Chester Talks About The “Brandwashing” Of America

For a new podcast on Radio Talent Zoo, I interviewed Jeff Chester, the director of The Center For Digital Democracy and the author of Digital Destiny: New Media And The Future Of Democracy. Telecom companies, The 4A’s, and other organizations are continually lobbying Congress to relax rules and regulations that control the media. Jeff works […]

Apple Ignores Trademark Law

Homeowners Don’t Have A CLUE, But Insurers Do

This is really only tangentially related to advertising in the sense that we are constantly shown happy/safe/it’s-all-gonna-be-alright imagery from insurance companies in their advertising. But I didn’t know this: Insurers now keep records on the history of your home and use that info to deny you coverage. MSN MoneyCentral has more: Insurers increasingly are using […]

Carey Vs. Carey

According to China View, pop star Mariah Carey is worried fans could confuse her with American porn star Mary Carey. Mariah Carey filed suit Friday in Los Angeles to prevent the star of movies such as “Double Air Bags 11” and “Boobsville Sorority Girls” from trademarking her similar-sounding stage name. The adult film actress, whose […]