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I know that reality often has nothing to do with an internet '"debate," but I'll pretend that you actually want to be accurate, but just failed to do your homework.
I have had an email exchange with the CPS folks, in which they make it clear that they don't care whether you're a "professional" or not, only that you own the required equipment.
No "fraud" involved, if I want to join and I'm not a "professional" (whatever you may think that is).
Go ahead and argue with that, now.
I enjoy your reply. It basically states that I'm a liar, and that you have the proof that I am.
However...it's been posted here what the requirements are, directly from the CPS website. What they do administratively, and what they post publicly are two different things.
If the website states so, how isn't it? Sure, you've circumvented the website's requirements and went above and beyond to get the OK to go ahead (see how I didn't call you a liar, or suggest that "you didn't do your homework?") that just shows that you've been given the go ahead. Not that it's not their policy that they publicly state on their website. At that point, (if we are arguing just to argue) we are both right. You, because you were given the okay. I, because I read the website.
As I stated several times...if you can sign up...and they don't question it, by all means. It seems that it's an honor system and the onus of responsibility rests upon the person signing up. If someone is willing to (not in your case because you've been given the go ahead) sign up...even if the site says otherwise, and they didn't ask (even though I don't agree with Canon putting one thing on their site and then suggesting another in an e-mail. Why not remove all ambiguity and just make it a pay to get in free-for-all?) then they entered into a program they had no business in.
As for my definition of a professional, it depends on the context of how it is used. If you are a photographer, you can have all of the gear and all of the know how or more than the "pros" do. In my mind, a professional photographer is one who is a business that pays the requisite taxes/fees/whatever, and along with that comes all of the other good stuff (ethical responsibility to do the best you can for your clients, et cetera).
In terms of fighting, I think a professional fighter is one who is licensed by a state board. Ironically enough, you know what distinctions are made for pro/ammy fighters? A pro gets paid, and in most states fights under different rule sets (no head gear, things like that). An ammy doesn't get paid, and in a lot of states must wear either heavier gloves, or head gear et cetera. What's the main difference? Money.