News: Panasonic sues GF5 leaker for 1 million

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Moonlight Knight Regular Member • Posts: 150
News: Panasonic sues GF5 leaker for 1 million

Previously the famous model Angelababy in Hong Kong leaked GF5 via Instagram. Panasonic canceled its contract with her agency, sued the agency to refund the 9.9 million (I'm not sure about the currency - probably RMB) already paid for their services, and additionally seek 1 million in compensation.

(This is my rough translation, could very well be inaccurate.)

Source in Chinese:
http://big5.chinanews.com:89/yl/2012/07-03/4005177.shtml

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Macx Senior Member • Posts: 1,433
Re: News: Panasonic sues GF5 leaker for 1 million

Moonlight Knight wrote:

(This is my rough translation, could very well be inaccurate.)

Good grief, I hope so. What a clumsy way to handle things in the age of viral marketing.

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sderdiarian Veteran Member • Posts: 4,247
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Hey, times are tough, they have to make money somehow.
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MichaelKJ Veteran Member • Posts: 3,466
Re: News: Panasonic sues GF5 leaker for 1 million

9.9 million yuan = 1.56 million dollars

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ChinaM43User Regular Member • Posts: 271
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I can't open the link, but I would be willing to bet that the currency is actually Hong Kong's own currency of Hong Kong dollars, and not the currency of mainland China. The exchange rate is 7.75 HK dollars to 1 USD.

Moonlight Knight wrote:

Previously the famous model Angelababy in Hong Kong leaked GF5 via Instagram. Panasonic canceled its contract with her agency, sued the agency to refund the 9.9 million (I'm not sure about the currency - probably RMB) already paid for their services, and additionally seek 1 million in compensation.

(This is my rough translation, could very well be inaccurate.)

Source in Chinese:
http://big5.chinanews.com:89/yl/2012/07-03/4005177.shtml

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goshigoo Contributing Member • Posts: 918
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HKD:RMB = 1:1.21

MichaelKJ wrote:

9.9 million yuan = 1.56 million dollars

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a million of anything is usually a lot!

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Ulfric M Douglas Veteran Member • Posts: 4,828
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..

Moonlight Knight wrote:

Previously the famous model Angelababy in Hong Kong leaked GF5 via Instagram. Panasonic canceled its contract with her agency, sued the agency to refund the 9.9 million ...

If true, good.

When you employ someone you expect them not to behave like idiots.
I hope Panasonic get paid.

Someone should sue that french site that habitually leaks everything !

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I hope this isn't true, Panasonic need to concentrate on making their cameras more aspirational and meet the current and future needs of it's camera consumers as well as improve it's marketing strategy ie make it more upto date and relevant to todays photographers and consumers...

If the GF5 has not been the success that Panasonic had hoped then it is their own fault...

Moonlight Knight wrote:

Previously the famous model Angelababy in Hong Kong leaked GF5 via Instagram. Panasonic canceled its contract with her agency, sued the agency to refund the 9.9 million (I'm not sure about the currency - probably RMB) already paid for their services, and additionally seek 1 million in compensation.

(This is my rough translation, could very well be inaccurate.)

Source in Chinese:
http://big5.chinanews.com:89/yl/2012/07-03/4005177.shtml

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Wellington100 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,807
The GF5 needs all the PR it can get

Moonlight Knight wrote:

Previously the famous model Angelababy in Hong Kong leaked GF5 via Instagram. Panasonic canceled its contract with her agency, sued the agency to refund the 9.9 million (I'm not sure about the currency - probably RMB) already paid for their services, and additionally seek 1 million in compensation.

(This is my rough translation, could very well be inaccurate.)

Source in Chinese:
http://big5.chinanews.com:89/yl/2012/07-03/4005177.shtml

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gmac68 Regular Member • Posts: 115
Re: The GF5 needs all the PR it can get

It's not a question of what Panasonic should do. Panasonic has the legal authority and right to dictate the terms of their contract, and to enforce the terms of their contract. If Pana doesn't want the GF5 leaked, that is there concern and right as surely detailed in their contract.

OP Moonlight Knight Regular Member • Posts: 150
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Ulfric M Douglas wrote:

When you employ someone you expect them not to behave like idiots.
I hope Panasonic get paid.

The model is only 23 years old...

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Re: News: Panasonic sues GF5 leaker for 1 million

Moonlight Knight wrote:

Ulfric M Douglas wrote:

When you employ someone you expect them not to behave like idiots.
I hope Panasonic get paid.

The model is only 23 years old...

Seriously? A 10 year old child can make the decision to behave or not. A 23 year old is more than old enough to read, understand and abide by a contract, as well as be penalized for breach of contract.

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Re: News: Panasonic sues GF5 leaker for 1 million

Rriley wrote:

a million of anything is usually a lot!

Oh I don't know but..."A million here, a million there… Pretty soon you are talking real money."

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gmac68 wrote:

Rriley wrote:

a million of anything is usually a lot!

Oh I don't know but..."A million here, a million there… Pretty soon you are talking real money."

Try Zimbabwe dollars...

RSColo Senior Member • Posts: 1,604
Re: News: Panasonic sues GF5 leaker for 1 million

gmac68 wrote:

Rriley wrote:

a million of anything is usually a lot!

Oh I don't know but..."A million here, a million there… Pretty soon you are talking real money."

Actually, a million is not real money. The quote from the late Illinois senator Everett Dirksen is "a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you are talking real money". Of course he was in politics where there really is real money.
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Richt2000 Senior Member • Posts: 2,900
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I have a $100 000 000 000 000 note pinned to my kitchen noticeboard.

Its Zim dollars - I.e. was worth $2 USD when I exchanged it. probably worth a lot less now!

Rriley wrote:

a million of anything is usually a lot!

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Ulfric M Douglas Veteran Member • Posts: 4,828
Re: News: Panasonic sues GF5 leaker for 1 million

Moonlight Knight wrote:

Ulfric M Douglas wrote:

When you employ someone you expect them not to behave like idiots.
I hope Panasonic get paid.

The model is only 23 years old...

Well she's not too old to be taken over my knee for a well deserved spanking!

Mmmm.

Just Having Fun Veteran Member • Posts: 3,869
This is more GF5 PR

Not only does this get the name GF5 in the news ("there is such thing as BAD press"), but accomplishes a few other things too.

Smart move by the lawyers. btw, the GF5 was one of the best selling cameras in Japan last week.

OP Moonlight Knight Regular Member • Posts: 150
Re: News: Panasonic sues GF5 leaker for 1 million

It is very likely that the agency that hired the model, rather than the model herself, signed the NDA (and other business related) contract with Panasonic, because this is how models are hired, and that the agency provided 9.9 million RMB(?) worth of services to Panasonic. I would doubt that the model had actually read the contract.

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