April 19, 2001
IBM's graffiti ads run afoul of city officials
Author: JT Smith
Part of IBM's "Peace, Love, and Linux" marketing campaign involves drawing advertisements on public sidewalks in major cities, including San Francisco. The ads look like they were spray painted on the pavement, but are actually drawn with biodegradable chalk that will wash away when it rains. The city of San Francisco could care less what was used to create the ads, noting that the company is in violation of a city ordinance which makes it an offense to "erect, construct, or maintain, paste, paint, print, nail, tack, or otherwise fasten or affix" signs to public property -- including sidewalks. Full story from IDG (via CNN).