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CNN.com: IBM's [Linux] graffiti ads runs afoul of city officials

Apr 19, 2001, 20:29 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Niccolai)

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"IBM Corp.'s latest server advertisements talk about peace and love, but one part of its campaign has set it on a collision course with city officials here."

"Through its ad agency, IBM has spray-painted advertisements for its servers on the sidewalks at dozens of street corners throughout San Francisco, from the high-tech nexus known as South of Market to the historic crossroads at Haight and Ashbury, where die-hard hippies panhandle for change...."

"'They're in violation of a city ordinance,' said Alex Mamak, director of public affairs for the city's Department of Public Works. The signs violate section 5.6 of the public works code, article 184.57, he said, which makes it an offense to 'erect, construct or maintain, paste, paint, print, nail, tack or otherwise fasten or affix' any sign to public property, including sidewalks."

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