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Billionaire “Watermarks” Satellite Photos of Persian Gulf Island

Don’t want people using photos of your private island without permission? Watermark it! Billionaire Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan had his name carved into the sand of his island in the Persian Gulf. The giant “HAMAD” is two miles long and half a mile tall, is partially filled with water from the Persian Gulf, and can be clearly seen in photographs of the region capture by satellite. Gives new meaning to the term “watermark”, eh?

(via Forbes)


Image credit: Photograph by Google Imagery, DigitalGlobe, Cnes/Spot Image, GeoEye, U.S. Geological Survey


 
  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    Pardon my French, but the word ‘twat’ comes to mind. I’m sure something USEFUL could be done with this money. For example, helping out in Japan or Norway.

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    Pardon my French, but the word ‘twat’ comes to mind. I’m sure something USEFUL could be done with this money. For example, helping out in Japan or Norway.

  • Fabian

    what font did he use??? ;D

  • Anonymous

    I’m reminded of the comic “Preacher”, where someone who failed to become an astronaut dynamited the words “F**K YOU!” into the desert to make sure they could read it from the shuttle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Felipe-Carlos/1336044314 Felipe Carlos

    I knew photoshop’s content-aware feature would come in handy…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Felipe-Carlos/1336044314 Felipe Carlos

    I knew photoshop’s content-aware feature would come in handy…

  • Anonymous

    I guess it’s the only means to protect images from the island from being used commercially, I don’t think geology qualifies for copyright or trademark protection.  But now you have a Streisand Effect, everyone knows about it know. Maybe that’s the purpose, you don’t do showy things to keep it quiet.

  • Anonymous

    I guess it’s the only means to protect images from the island from being used commercially, I don’t think geology qualifies for copyright or trademark protection.  But now you have a Streisand Effect, everyone knows about it know. Maybe that’s the purpose, you don’t do showy things to keep it quiet.

  • Anonymous

    If the Earth is going to be your paper, then it’s my opinion that “right-side-up” should be oriented to North.  Someone should tell him he wrote it upside down.

  • Bod

    Ha Mad indeed

  • Ximenace

    Question: why did he write it in English? Shouldn’t he have written in Arabic?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    He could start a social networking site and call it “Twatter”

  • farnet.ir

    Just Persian Gulf

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pejman-Akbarzadeh/730296217 Pejman Akbarzadeh

    why you have renamed PERSIAN GULF in the text?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pejman-Akbarzadeh/730296217 Pejman Akbarzadeh

    why you have renamed PERSIAN GULF in the text?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pejman-Akbarzadeh/730296217 Pejman Akbarzadeh

    Thanks Michael! :)

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  • 434322

    already partly removed.

  • Nubai

    good they have money for this….. hell who cares about the poor .. let them rot

  • Commodore_Fourty

    I’ll take 3 8 X 10’s and 6 wallet sized.