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An unfortunate event.

Hello all,

It has been brought to my attention by peers and legal professionals that if I am to continue with this project I may have legal action taken against me due to copyright infringement.

As this is a project, and not a business, and with being a recent graduate I am in no position to be able to undertake this risk. Due to this I regrettably will be cancelling the funding for 'The 120 Pinhole Project'

Though, there is no way I'm giving up on this project! I have been overwhelmed by your support so far, and have had some wonderful community and youth projects based reach out to me through Kickstarter.

I don't want to let don't anyone down who has supported me so far, or allow two years or work go to waste so I have started working on a new camera. It will contain the same internal mechanism, but the body will be uniquely my design. The camera will still work as a pinhole camera, and you will still be able to construct it at home.

I truly hope I can count on your continued support.

I'm working with a fantastic screen-printer to help get the prototype up and running and I hope to have the project as a new Kickstarter within the next 30 days.

I'm going to be working doubly as hard to ensure that the new project will have same delivery date as 'The 120 Pinhole Project'- November 2013.

As a thank-you for your continued support I will raise the £25 reward amount to 200 limit, rather than the previous 150.

I'm also going to translate the new design into a downloadable 35mm net for all backers so you can made a version at home whilst you are waiting for you camera to arrive in the mail.

I hope you all accept my apologies- I believe it's vital to have complete transparency on Kickstarter with everyone who has either backed or is interested in my project. 

I will be documenting the progress of making the new camera at - so please check it out to continue following the journey.

If you have any questions, or would like to be personally notified when the new project is available please drop me a line at - Though, I will also be using this page as a means of communication.




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    1. Piotr Buczek on March 12, 2013

      That's really sad news... keep your head up and I'll keep my fingers crossed for the new project - I love the idea with 35mm version for download for all backers!
      Law is harsh sometimes...

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      James Duncan on March 12, 2013

      Very sad to hear you've had to pull the pin on this design. Like so many others, I'll be waiting to jump on board the new project when you get it up and running!

    3. Pedasn on March 12, 2013

      So i guess it was Hasselblad that sued you.... such a**holes

    4. Jonic Linley on March 12, 2013

      Hey Kelly,

      Thanks for being up-front with us. I'm glad to hear that you're not giving up either! I'll keep an eye out for the next time round and I'll be sure to pledge to that one, too :)

      Best of luck with sorting out a new design - I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

    5. Amber Weinberg on March 12, 2013

      I don't get it - who would be able to sue you?

    6. NialP
      on March 12, 2013

      That sucks, I dont know who threatened action or why but I hate companies that sue small startups and projects (that wont be sold commercially).

      Good luck with the redesign, hopefully the threat is over the external look and a few changes will sort things out. I have know idea why someone or a company would threaten action over something like this, the only reasons I can imagine is someone has had a similar design patented or are preparing to launch a similar proect into the market.

      Whatever the reason, im betting it wouldn't ever go to court and the threats are ust threats but as you said, without money to pay for a few hours of legal work @ £125 an hour with a chance they do have the rights, then its cheaper ad easier to go back to the drawing board.

      Good luck with the redesign and we will all be waiting when you come back with the new version!

    7. kate guberg
      on March 12, 2013

      I think if there is any chance you may get grief, it is sensible to rethink and just make sure you are safe. It must have been a hard decision to make. I hope to see a new kickstarter from you very soon!

    8. Ehryk
      on March 12, 2013

      What copyright would you be potentially infringing upon? 100+ year old pinhole camera makers?

    9. Jeemee on March 12, 2013

      Hi, Really sad to hear about this, I was really looking forward to this really cool camera.

      Please let me know when you are ready with new project!