Russian billionaire puts anti-photo shield on yacht

Lasers fire light at cameras to obliterate all photographs

With its two helipads, two swimming pools, and six-foot movie screens in each guest cabin—along with a mini-submarine, and missile-proof windows to foil pirates—Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s oversized yacht is a sight to be hold. But that’s not all. The 557-foot boat Eclipse, worth almost $1.2 billion, also features an anti-paparazzi shield. Lasers sweep the surroundings, firing bolts of light at cameras to obliterate photographs. They don’t always have the lasers on, Wired reports, so friends can still photograph the yacht; but they’re activated when professional photographers are spotted nearby. One London lawyer suggested this might not be legal: “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,” he said.


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