John Gunning

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  1. John Gunning

    Wakaichiro has retired

    Spoke to Ichiro a few times since he arrived back in Houston. He is doing good and has something lined up. He'll reveal his plans and reasons for quitting on his own social media feeds when he is ready.
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    Sumo Original Tegata Giveaway

    We're giving away lots of sumo stuff this week on Inside Sport: Japan's Facebook page including many original tegata. Day one and two had Tochiozan and Asanoyama tegata. Today is Harumafuji and Takakeisho. More stuff coming every day until we run out.
  3. Obviously not including anyone that went on to become yokozuna, but yeah, I could have phrased that better.
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    French documentary about women in Sumo

    Will have to take you word for it. Can't see it in Japan.
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    Re-introducing myself

    Not really (if you only read what's been written about him in the last year)
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    French documentary about women in Sumo

    The Circle of Sexism? LOL
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    Corona and sumo

    I do.
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    Fantastic news
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    "Sumo Girl" doc on NHK World

    I'm more or less in agreement there and as someone whose work is 90% sumo based that requires daily stretching of my congnitive bias to ensure it is up to the task.
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    "Sumo Girl" doc on NHK World

    In 20 years of watching and participating in sumo I've never once seen anyone headbutt an opponent. Going in head first happens all the time but deliberately drawing the head back and ramming the forehead into the bridge of someone's nose? Never.
  11. I don't but what is wrong with the one they picked?
  12. Just trying to do my own brand of writing.
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    "Sumo Girl" doc on NHK World

    Absolutely. If you've ever listened in on our broadcasts you'll probably have heard me raise this issue. The concussion / CTE issue, when awareness seeps through here, is going to be a huge one for sumo. With no equipment or rule changes that can be made all they can really do to lessen the impact (pun intended) in bouts is go back to the 70's style tachiai. These kind of training practices in this day and age (especially with kids) should be made illegal. I'll admit it's something I used to do as well because just 10-15 years ago there wasn't the current level of awareness among the general population about how ANY impact to the head has repercussions. Coaches who have kids ram their heads into a solid wooden pole again and again and then wonder why there are no young recruits are a big reason many parents won't let their children do sumo. They need to be educated and their practices changed.
  14. I don’t write the headlines
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    Sumo Reference Updates

    I copied and pasted someone else's search result without noticing that. My bad.
  16. Autocorrect error. Thank for catching it. Fixed now.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion OT media copyright issues

    Well I was obviously being facetious. It was more a shot at a company using its size to exploit creatives than a serious offer. The actual initial quote was standard but numerous media organisations have found that if quality isn't a make or break issue they can source their content (and this isn't restricted to photography) from people willing to do it for free just to see their name in print. Out of interest what kind of editing do you do? @Otokonoyama should probably split this discussion off into its own thread.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion OT media copyright issues

    A certain global media organization (in a year when they had made something like $5 billion) wanted me to go shoot a rikishi and give them the images for their magazines and TV shows with an offer to 'credit me' for my work. My counteroffer was that they provide me with box sets of all their series and free accounts for their streaming services, and then I would credit them by telling anyone that asked whose shows I was watching. They didn't accept as apparently they wanted to be paid in actual money instead of praise.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion OT media copyright issues

    Access? Are you talking about Chris Gould? Admittedly I haven't talked to him in over five years, but he doesn't work for any media organization as far as I'm aware. I work in sumo, rugby, and football and cover other sports from time to time and he isn't part of the press for any of those. Last I heard he was still teaching English and was doing videos privately in the evenings after work. I just had a look now at some of his recent videos and the video seems to be taken from NHK direct from the TV with the photos either shot from spectator seats or taken from magazines / newspapers, but you'd have to ask him yourself where he is taking his content from. His old name on the forum was Sotonokuni. Dunno what one he uses now.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion OT media copyright issues

    Speaking as someone who works in the press I can tell you that is not the case.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion OT media copyright issues

    When it comes to people taking content from the rights holders and making YouTube videos it's still an area with a lot of contradictions. As someone who runs their own (small) media company I found way too much of my time was spent trying to stop others stealing and profiting from my work. It's a matter of picking and choosing your battles. You have to weigh up lots of factors. Is the person / organization making money from your work? Is it being used in a way that damages your brand or to promote something that is illegal or suspect? How easy will it be to get them to stop or receive compensation? How much time will that take and what are the chances of success. For example one Georgian TV station took and used a photo I shot of Tochinoshin to promote their sumo coverage without asking. They made a ton of money on advertising using that image and even had large posters and displays with it all over Tbilisi. Because they ignored correspondence, in order to get that sorted I would have to hire lawyers in Georgia, probably fly there at some stage and go through months if not longer of legal proceedings at massive expense. At the end of they day there is never a 100% guarantee of winning and even if you do all that happens is that they take it down - but have already made their money. So I just got Instagram and others to take down their commercials using my images and left it at that. It's frustrating but that's the reality of things these days. You can spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars building relationships, buying equipment, gaining access and creating content and then someone in their bedroom on the other side of the world says "oh nice picture - I'm gonna take that, put it on t-shirts and sell them." For larger companies when it comes to YouTube etc they obviously have bigger resources and people and can deal with the theft issue easier. Each company is different and has its own stance on how proactive to be. For some it's a priority as allowing (or not actively preventing) third parties from using their content could mean losing accreditation. They have to constantly use takedown orders or face not having access themselves. Others might not care as long as the offender is small or doing something that doesn't affect the brand. Monetization of content you don't own is the quickest way to YouTube shutting you down from what I hear.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion OT media copyright issues

    For something like the Rugby World Cup where there are games happening in multiple locations on the same day, the organizers will have two or three photos by Getty or AP available for editorial use available on the media access only site, but 99% of the shots used by newspapers etc come from their own acredited shooters or are from their subscription with Getty / Kyodo etc. Writers and photographers are in different categories and receive separate accreditation for almost all sporting events. Generally speaking writers are not allowed to take photos. In large stadiums when they are located high in the stands oftentimes no one cares if they grab a shot with their cellphone. In sumo though where the writers are right in the thick of the action even carrying a camera around is a big no-no. The sumo press photographers will immediately shut down any writer trying to grab snaps.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion OT media copyright issues

    Media organizations have their own photographers. Sumo kisha club is a lot more closed and traditional than those of other sporting organizations with gaining access extremely difficult. Photos etc that the NSK has on its own SNS feeds certainly aren't there for anyone to use. They own all the rights and don't allow individuals or media organizations to take and use them. In that sense it's no different than any other sporting body.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion OT media copyright issues

    Neither of those statements are true
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    Norway at Nichidai

    Members of Norway's sumo team have been training at Nichidai this past week. Some shots from yesterday here.