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Picture gallery is now closed

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We have proudly always had the largest picture gallery of Andy Murray on the Internet, which is almost all down to Julia for her amazing work, but today it has sadly come to an end.

I have tried my absolute best to comply and not cave in to Getty's constant threats over the last year or two but it has now got to the stage where they are contacting other companies that have no association with them in an effort to close down our gallery. I respect their actions - they are in the right.

I genuinely didn't think it would need to come to this but it's now at the stage where legal proceedings appear inevitable. Therefore, the sensible decision for my own wellbeing and for the security of this website, is to simply take down the gallery. It's a major asset to us for new users but for returning visitors it is not particularly important as our forum is what this website is really about. We may not have a gallery but we still offer a lot of unique content such as our new wallpaper and avatar pages among many other things.

This move does not relate to the recent AM.com legal controversy and does not in any way relate to past or present copyright issues with images posted up on our forum - legal liability and requirements on my part are different when it comes to forums (user generated content, YouTube etc.) but the gallery is hosted on this server and is seen as fully under my control, therefore legal liability is completely with me.

I hope everyone will join me in thanking Julia for her unbelivable effort and time in keeping our gallery going for this long. Thank you so much, Julia! hug
[ Last edit by Mark June 10, 2008, 06:02 PM ] IP Logged
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She's a wee star, thanks for all your graft Joolia!  hug
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The gallery will temporarily be hosted at a secret location, if anyone wants to grab photos from there before it's too late then please give me a PM and I'll be happy to tell you the URL.
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Thanks Hulio, you did an awesome job.......damn Getty, damn theeeeeeeeeeeemmmmmmmmmmmm!!! no hug
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Thanks for your efforts, guys clap ('specially Jules)
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Thanks Hulio


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Pretty gutted - not for the work wasted but herding in all the stuff had its good times.

At least it makes MW safer cmon yeah hug
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It's a shame it had to be shut down! Really is... Frown
Better than the whole site being shut down though!
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I don't think it will really affect most of us but it was a very big asset for impressing new visitors which is important.
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Thats crap!  But what about photos donated by MW members?  Did they need to be taken down?
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Thats crap!  But what about photos donated by MW members?  Did they need to be taken down?
No but at this stage we don't have enough donated photos to justify a gallery on the main site. We could at some point have a fan gallery where everyone can contribute their images to it.
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That's a shame. Frown

I like the thought of a future fan gallery though. Smile
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Yes, I think this is going to happen, have one where everyone can contribute Think
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Good idea. We should all be supplied with MW cameras!
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Just so everyone knows, I'll be soon moving this thread into a private area as I feel it could be a security risk if left.
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Such a shame it had to come to this but I'm sure that you'll have plenty of MW members photos to set up the new gallery!

Onwards and upwards!!!!!
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