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Sep 21, 2009 20:45 |  #1

How would the paparazzi make a living with "Anti-Photo Shield"?

http://www.wired.com …to-shield-on-giant-yacht/ (external link)

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has a rather curious new addition built in to his latest oversized yacht. The 557-foot boat Eclipse, the price tag of which has almost doubled since original plans were drawn to almost $1.2 billion, set sail this week with a slew of show-off features, from two helipads, two swimming pools and six-foot movie screens in all guest cabins, to a mini-submarine and missile-proof windows to combat piracy.
It might not seem like somebody with such ostentatious tastes would crave privacy, but along with these expensive toys, Ambramovich has installed an anti-paparazzi “shield”. Lasers sweep the surroundings and when they detect a CCD, they fire a bolt of light right at the camera to obliterate any photograph. According to the Times, these don’t run all the time, so friends and guests should still be able to grab snaps. Instead, they will be activated when guards spot the scourge of professional photography, paparazzi, loitering nearby.
We dig it, although the British courts might not be so pleased. UK photo magazine Amateur Photographer asked a London lawyer about the legalities of destroying photos from afar. Here’s what he said: “intermeddling with goods belonging to someone else, or altering their condition, is a trespass to goods and will entitle the photographer to claim compensation without having to prove loss.”
Any sentence containing the word “intermeddling” is of course wonderful. The lawyer spoils it somewhat by (inevitably) mentioning James Bond and mixing up lasers with laser guns: “I would also be worried that lasers cause collateral damage, both to the camera and/or the claimant’s health.”
Roman Abramovich zaps snappers with laser shield (external link) [Times]
Celebrity Photographer ‘Laser Shield’ - Is It Legal? (external link) [Amateur Photographer


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Sep 21, 2009 20:54 |  #2

pcDigiMan wrote in post #8685357 (external link)
detect a CCD,

CMOS OK?


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Sep 21, 2009 21:22 as a reply to  @ scot079's post |  #3

It is like any other arms race: Weapon, countermeasure, new weapon, new countermeasure...


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Sep 21, 2009 21:26 |  #4

ooooh...lasers

*pew, pew, pew*


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Sep 21, 2009 23:25 as a reply to  @ eeeksNYC's post |  #5

Couldn't they use film, if they REALLY wanted to get the picture?


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Sep 21, 2009 23:28 |  #6

Film......awsome idea.

So the first post apocolyptic photos will be from film then? EMP will have eliminated the electronics of other cameras/ Scary thought.


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Sep 21, 2009 23:33 |  #7
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Maybe he assumes all paparazzi use hasselblads :lol:


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Sep 22, 2009 08:54 |  #8

This sounds like complete BS to me. The sensor in my camera is visible to the "laser beam" for what 1/250th of a second? So in that fraction of a second, this "camera defense system" is going to scan 360 degrees around the boat, up and down the water and shoreline, looking to spot my CCD, and once find it, turn around and blast some bolt of lightning at it. Right.

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Sep 22, 2009 09:03 |  #9

tracknut wrote in post #8687846 (external link)
This sounds like complete BS to me. The sensor in my camera is visible to the "laser beam" for what 1/250th of a second? So in that fraction of a second, this "camera defense system" is going to scan 360 degrees around the boat, up and down the water and shoreline, looking to spot my CCD, and once find it, turn around and blast some bolt of lightning at it. Right.

Dave

Oh, we have a doubter in our midst. Why don't you believe that Dave? It ranks right up there with anti missile glass? Now that's a joke. Missiles go through tanks, but not glass? Sure.

And the combined navies of the world's greatest superpowers can't stop piracy arount the Horn of Africa, but this guy is going to stop photographers? Now, now, Dave. You need to rethink that. ;-)a

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Sep 22, 2009 09:18 |  #10

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Oh, we have a doubter in our midst. Why don't you believe that Dave? It ranks right up there with anti missile glass? Now that's a joke. Missiles go through tanks, but not glass? Sure.

Dammit! I even looked to see if the article was written on April 1. Maybe my early morning sense of humor is lacking... there should have been a smiley in that article somewhere to alert me to the BS.

Sorry if my post was stating the complete obvious.... :)

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Sep 22, 2009 15:54 |  #11

Now if they can come up with something that does something similar to cell phones in public transportation...


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Sep 22, 2009 16:08 |  #12

I want an "anti-billionaire" laser on my Camera so I can fight back.


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Sep 22, 2009 16:15 |  #13

A wheeze if ever there was one :lol: If such a thing was ever deployed how would it distinguish between the shutter firing and the tog looking through the viewfinder ~ there would be lots of blinded togs taking legal action against him and the makers of the device. Think laser pens and heli/plane pilots cases of blinding in the press at intervals.

As for balistic protection on his boat well that is highly possible ~ think the USA presidents car!


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Sep 22, 2009 16:17 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #14

Hey, it's true. It's on the internet, right?


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Sep 22, 2009 16:39 |  #15

Help!!!!!!
He got my camera with the laser!


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But this was a true laser and didn't hurt my sensor ;)

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