Exec Says Kodak Planned To Shrink Your Photos While Saying It Was An Improvement

from the corporate-doublespeak dept

A former Kodak exec is now suing the company, claiming she was fired for opposing a cost-saving plan at the company. The interesting part isn't the lawsuit... but the plan. Apparently, in order to "save money" the company planned to compress all the digital photos it stored, thereby reducing its storage needs (and we thought storage was supposed to be cheap these days!). That's annoying enough for anyone who trusted Kodak to keep their original images in the same shape they were uploaded. However, Kodak is accused of going even further, by planning to tell users that, rather than being compressed, their photos were being "optimized," -- implying that the process somehow "improved" the photos. This was justified by the wonderful explanation: it didn't matter because customers "wouldn't understand, anyway." Kodak is denying the whole accusation, and it's not entirely clear how this is a wrongful termination. It's not necessarily a case of whistle-blowing, since that appears to have happened after the termination. Either way, would be nice to hear a more complete response from Kodak.

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    lyn, 29 Mar 2006 @ 8:54pm

    storage is cheap / my time is not so cheap either

    If I were to trust Kodak to retain my image and store it,
    I expect it to be exactly as the same as what I uploaded.

    If they were to tell me this upfront I would understand and probably would not use the service.

    To "optimize" my image and conceal it this way is just plain wrong. I planned time, went to a location, possibly even hired an asst. to help with a shoot and they are going to optimize my image. I dont think so.
    I know this is geared towards the passing consumer and not professional photographers but the analogy still hold true of anyone taking pictures.
    If you cant uphold some modicum of respect and service ideal then don't offer it.

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