Steal a speaker’s data at your peril
By Hamish Johnston in Portland Oregon
I couldn’t resist taking a cheeky snap of this sign in a corridor of the convention centre.
Is this a response to the infamous “physics paparazzi”, who take photos of other people’s data during talks and then go off and write a paper that beats the original researchers into publication?
You may recall the scandal surrounding PAMELA data a few years ago when that very thing happened.
When I asked in the press room I was assured that reputable members of the media such as myself were free to take photos – and a press officer is looking into whether there is a ban on delegates taking photos.
As I only saw one sign in the giant convention centre, a more plausible explanation is that the sign was left over from last week’s event.