Monday, February 25, 2013

Poul Erik Hoyer Larsen on course for BWF presidency

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Latest news on Lee Chong Wei

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Badminton flourishing with millions in commercial success

Shape of things to come :

Let's imagine the scenario should the BWF become more Eurocentric :

1) BWF to be renamed BWF Corporation and engages
in Mergers and Acquisitions.The executives reward themselves
with obscenely high salaries,bonuses and perks whilst they still
hold office and squeeze the life out of the athletes and fans and
continue feeding the corporate dinosaur resembling the other huge
corporations in the West.

2) BWF eventually to be investigated by Monopolies
Commission for dominating business and practising
unfair competition like Microsoft

3) Royalties,patents and rents to BWF for everything from buying
selling racquets and shuttlecocks and rental of halls
just like the music industry and their overpriced CDS and Golf
(the new Olympic sport).

4)Badminton stars becoming more like Rockstars or Football
players earning exorbitant incomes and charging high appearence
and transfer fees,playing for individual glory, and relegating prestige
events like Olympics,Thomas Cup,Sudirman Cup and World
Championships to the background.

5) The result of course as we can see from other industries
is rising prices for the consumer and alienation of poorer
countries as the sport becomes more expensive.

That may or may not be but I have reservations when a large
organisation becomes too powerful and wants a cut in everything
and forget that part of its mission is to promote the sport.One only
has to learn how the ITTF is managed.

It is admirable how BWF tries to be self sustaining instead of relying
on sponsors, but what is the outcome to stakeholders like fans,poorer
nations etc?

Which do you prefer BWF to be :
a) Involved in the Business of badminton
b) Involved in the Badminton business

We'll see, there's already a precedence in the restrictions imposed
on sharing of videos on youtube in 2012 Olympics.

Badminton England wants to take over copyright of all AE footage dated 1981 onwards that are on youtube .

1) Original complaint :

I have deleted most of my old footage of All England matches
since the BE downloaded a few of the videos and claimed
copyright to them.Sorry to disappoint badminton fans but
I dont think it is the right thing for the BE to do.

2) Reply from BE

Hi Mynah Bird.
I hope you are well.

Sorry to hear that you are not happy that BADMINTON England are taking ownership of some footage.
We hold all copyrights on all footage of All England Open from 1981 and are looking to protect this copyright. This applies to any match footage, interviews or even videos made by members of the public filmed in the arenas.
It doesn't mean you have to take down footage. It just means you can't make money off/advertise on the footage as you don't own the rights to it we are afraid.
In addition, we have added 30 years worth of match action footage of all QF, SF and finals into the back end of YouTube and any matches to this footage in terms of other uploaded film will automatically be claimed by BE through YouTube. Whilst this sounds harsh it is protecting copyright.
Not sure why the 1970s footage has been picked up but we are looking to release claims to this.
So you have awareness, the BWF (IBF) are also doing this copyright ownership drive now so you may get a lot of your other videos affected - not just All England.

Thanks in advance,
Sent to: Mynah Bird

3)My reply :

Re:Copyright ownership
Noted.In a way I am happy because now
I can pass the task of providing the fans with
the opportunity of enjoying footage from the 80s
and 90s back to you the copyright holder.
Meanwhile I will keep the stacks of private
recordings from the early 80s I accumulated at
great cost and effort over decades and enjoy it
with my close circle of friends.
So keep the videos coming in,I am especially interested
in a lot of missing footage from the early 80s which I am
sure you will be releasing on your channel.Take care.

Sent to: AllEnglandBadminton

4) Conclusion

I dont know about others but I remember recent history 

and believe that it is bad business to be penny wise pound 

foolish and to pursue fool's gold and a legendary El Doraldo.

What transpired is that some antique videos were downloaded by

said organisation to their youtube channel from other sites 

and then displayed with advertisments.Their message is very clear,

the copyright holder reserves the right to download your donated ,

uploaded antique videos to their site whenever they fancy and claim

the commercial rights.Even on videos they don't physically own and

nobody else posseses.

Two of the Three videos in question have since been deleted and I

still get advice on copyright from people who dont practise what 

they preach.

Sir Francis Drake renicarnated? What happened to the old rule of 

finders, keepers? Overzealous?Opportunists hitching a free ride?

Is the law a fool? Badminton Associations behaving like poachers

pinching honey from bees?

We are talking about old footage that few have preserved or are 

interested in with pittance in commercial value, of merely nostalgic

and educational value. 

So after more than 10 years work of  sourcing and tracking down 

badminton videos pre 90s which no badminton association has 

done,the sharing comes to an end and I am back to square one.

Hope you people have enjoyed the footage while they were up.

 I dont know why but suddenly I have lost interest and respect

for the All-England.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Table Tennis legend Zhuang Ze Dong passed away

Following on badminton legend Eddy Choong.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Yap Khim Hock starts his own badminton academy.