Coca Cola Threatens To Sue Paul

by The Scarlet Harlot on August 31, 2005 · 2 comments

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T.V. commercial director, Paul Papanek, had used Coke products in his spec commercials a few years ago and finds letters in his mail box today from Coke’s in-house and out-of-house legal council.

Click image above to see spec ad number one and click here to check out spec ad number two.

From Paul’s site:

To make a long story short, the Coca Cola Company is threatening to sue me over copyright infringement because I directed 2 spec commercials ‘advertising’ their product. I might add,at this point, that the spots are very pro-Coke, and not parody at all. Why they’ve chosen me is a mystery. There must be hundreds of other spec spots for Coke floating around.

Along with being a T.V. Commercial Director Paul is an accomplished photographer. Be sure to take a gander at his places and people photography.

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    Even though they’re great spots, they aren’t in line with Coke’s brand message.  Unlike apple’s iPod, there is no need for consumer-led viral marketing of Coke.  I understand why they’re threatening Paul.  That train one is quite good though.

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    Spec commercials are the long established means in which lesser known or fledgling directors can show how they work.  Companies understand that.  I think the problem in this case is that he’s made them publicly available, which is not the norm.

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