In the past two decades, Apple Inc.
has become well known for its advertisements
, which are designed to reflect a plan of marketing their products to creative individuals. Their most significant ad campaigns include the "1984
" Super Bowl commercial
, the 1990s Think Different
campaign, and the "iPod people
" of the 2000s. Apple's portable music player, the iPod
, has been showcased as a piece of contemporary art in New York's Museum of Modern Art
Since the original Macintosh
Super Bowl commercial in 1984, which mimicked imagery from George Orwell
, Apple has maintained a style of homage to contemporary visual art in many of its more famous ad campaigns. For example, the Think Different campaign linked Apple to famous social figures—including artist John Lennon
and freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi
Apple has been criticized for its sometimes questionable use of modern art as an inspiration for its marketing campaigns—at times re-creating a short film or music video shot-by-shot for its commercials. Some artists have documented entering into rights-negotiations with Apple, only to have Apple pull out of the discussions, then use the artistic imagery anyway. As a result, several lawsuits have been filed against Apple by artists and corporations alike, such as visual artist Louie Psihoyos
and shoe company Lugz. These claims were later confirmed.
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