UK photographers get new copyright protection
Amateur Photographer has posted a report about a new guide from the UK’s Courts & Tribunal Service that states that: “The general principle that the unsuccessful party will pay the legal costs of the successful party does not apply on the small claims track”. This opens the potential for photographers to sue for breach of copyright within the small claims courts for settlements of up to £5,000 (to be extended to £10,000) without worries about ruinous legal fees. Interestingly, it seems that the US government may also be looking into something similar as it has scheduled hearings through November.
New protection for sharks postponed
Science Insider reports on an attempt by conservationists to get the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), to add sharks to its management list. The organization has just concluded its annual meeting in Agadir, Morocco and has not added sharks, but has agreed to potentially open its treaty to new species in future. This could include sharks. ICCAT currently manages 30 species, including swordfish, marlin, and other tunalike species and does not currently set catch limits for sharks. It is hoped that they may do so in future.
Results of HP Red Sea shoot out announced
The HP Red Sea World of Underwater Images has announced the full results of the 2012 event. It was held from 5 to 10 November in the Red Sea resort of Eilat. The best of show prize or Jury’s prize was won by Amir Stern of Israel with a stunning perspective of a whip gobie. The National prize was won by the Spanish team.
Congratulations to all the winners.
Wetpixel coverage from DEMA 2012
Wetpixel begins its annual coverage of the DEMA show from Las Vegas. Wetpixel Publisher Eric Cheng, Editor Adam Hanlon and Moderators Abi Smigel Mullens and Dave Burroughs will be posting up to date reports on what is going on at the show over the next four days. DEMA is the diving industry’s traditional showcase for new products, and this includes those companies involved with underwater imaging, so it is likely that we will be covering many new product releases. Please keep checking back here to see the updates.
For those of you at DEMA, please come and say hi to us, and don’t forget the Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide party on Thursday night.
Aquatica introduces the Water Wizard
Aquatica has announced the release of the Water Wizard housing for the Pocket Wizard Plus III wireless flash triggers. The Pocket Wizard triggers are widely used in studio and specialized photography applications. As the wireless signal does not transmit through water, the triggers must float at the surface or be supported in some way. Aquatica has added the ability to attach floatation from their TLC system and multiple tripod screw attachment points. In addition to triggering flashes, the units can also be used to remotely trigger the camera’s shutter.
The Water Wizard will be available soon at a retail price of $209.
Mozambique creates MPAs
Mozambique has announced the creation of two new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), reports Mongabay. The two areas consist of 10,411 square kilometers (4,020 square miles) of coastal marine waters and are called the Primeiras and Segundas Archipelago. They represent the biggest MPAs on the continent and include ten islands, mangrove forests, coral reefs, and seagrass ecosystems.
New mutualistic relationship discovered
The journal Science has published a paper by Danielle L. Dixson and Mark E. Hay that shows that when Acropora nasuta coral is attacked by toxic seaweeds, it responds by chemically cuing symbiotic goby fishes (Gobiodon histrio or Paragobiodon echinocephalus) to remove the toxic seaweed (Chlorodesmis fastigiata). Their experiments showed that within minutes of seaweed contact, the coral releases a chemical that recruits gobies to trim the seaweed and dramatically reduce potential damage to the coral. In turn, the chemically defended gobies become more toxic after consumption of this noxious alga, deterring predators.
Nauticam announces the NA-1DX housing
Nauticam has revealed the details of their new housing for the Canon EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C cameras. The NA-1DX’s top and rear command dials are located on the side of housing with a new double paddle lever assembly controlling both the record and the AF-ON features. ISO control is via a lever on the right hand side. Quick mode and Set buttons are accessed via piano key controls and the housing offers full control of the camera’s joystick.
The NA-1DX will be available from 20 November at a retail price of $5,100.
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