Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Something's fishy

Freelance copywriting job for Sony several years back (2003 to be precise):



Ad in January 22, 2007 issue of FORTUNE magazine:



Coincidence?


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The ad content is not even close to similar - and anyone can pay Getty to use that image. In fact thats how photographers get paid - by people using their images.

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Anonymous said...

A buddy of mine sent me this. I couldn't help but laugh. We all want to believe we started something or were the person who at least discovered something that everyone else followed. To think that ANYONE remembered your Sony ad from 2003 where you used a stock image is ridiculous. Coincidence? I think not. That same image appears on a book I saw in Barnes & Noble recently so maybe it is the collective unconscious at work. How about this thought; as stock images go it is a pretty great one. It is safe to say that many more people will use that image in the future. I am more surprised that Sony approved the ad it ran in any magazine. "Even the fish cannot smell something is fishy." You’re kidding me right? Let’s assume the copy writer on that ad was fired in 2003. Sadly this incident doesn’t even fall into appropriation because as the designer all you did was plop in a monitor and lay some text in an odd spot. You should be happy you once did some work for Sony. Let’s keep the egos in check and we will all benefit from each other.

Anonymous said...

I think thats the problem with using stock images. If you're not careful, it's easy to execute the ad in similar fashion given the context of the image which in this instance was quite unique and easy to remember. Usually I'll go for something more generic or if I need something truly specific, I'll get the photographer to do a photoshoot.

Anonymous said...

I don't think there was a suggestion of impropriety (the link to this post and the implied wrongdoing was not the fault of the author). The curious thing here is why didn't the company do its due diligence before it uses an easily recognizable stock image in a reputable magazine. Won't it worry about another company having used the same image? For print ads, it's always better not to use stock image because once it's in circulation, you'll never know the chances of it meeting its double. Unlike banner ads and other electronic media, you'll have limited leeway to rectify the situation.

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