Jun 17, 2011

Apple to ban iPhone users from filming live concerts?

Cutting down use of iPhones at live concerts is a win-win situation,it's just a shame it's going to take the increasingly Big Brother antics of Apple to make it happen says Everett True.

On the one hand, I think it’s hilarious anyone can turn up to a show with a mobile phone, film the entire event and shove it up on YouTube for the world to see the same evening. This, in an age where management companies and record labels are trying to force professional concert photographers to sign ever more restrictive copyright-grabbing deals. (The infamous “three songs, no flash” clause is now almost mandatory for anyone wishing to officially take photos of a touring band.) Power to the people!

On the other hand, it’s bloody annoying.

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15 thoughts on “Apple to ban iPhone users from filming live concerts?

  1. DanD

    It’ll be awesome until the Tunisan/Egyptian/Libyan/Syrian Government gets a whole bunch of them, or riot police at a g20/whatever protest carry one or many other cases where people in power don’t want a record of what they’re doing.

  2. Anto

    This article seems to assume that the only smartphone on the market is iPhone. Is Apple not aware that manufacturers of other smartphones are quickly gaining market share and are indeed setting benchmarks in functionality that left even Apple behind the 8-ball (wireless hotspotting and forward facing cameras, anyone?) Within a year or two all smartphones (yes, even iPhone) will be no more innovative or ‘must have’ than any other. Consumers will simply switch to devices that offer less restrictive and more flexible platforms.

  3. Lindsay Rattray

    I’m with Dand.

    This is scary. One of the most important aspect of new technology that has contributed to the Arab Spring is the camera-in-every-phone. Twitter, facebook, and satellite news have all been important but have mostly received their share of coverage. But without the camera in the phone we’d know almost nothing about what’s actually happening in Syria (and considerably less about the other Arab countries’ uprisings). So the idea that there could be an infra-red command to disable recording worries me.

    (Though Anto is right, it’s unlikely to catch on to other platforms)

  4. paddy

    LOL What a hoot. Apple shoots itself in the foot. (or should that be in the camera)
    As @Anto says, the other manufacturers of smart phones will be rubbing their hands with glee.

  5. Michael James

    What about staff who use the camera function to record work-related matters within a venue?

    For example, many companies require their cleaners to record incidents that require them to spend additional time cleaning up messes.

  6. loramarthalas

    Oh give me a break. That’s a patent application, not a plan for a product, an product announcement, or anything vaguely resembling an actual thing that Apple will implement.

    Why apply for a patent for a product they will never build? Licensing fees. Apple pays it engineers to dream up these products, and when they do they put that work into the bank by patenting it.

    This is not a product. It is money in the bank.

  7. Suzanne

    I can’t see how they can do this technically

  8. davirob

    Posted Friday, 17 June 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
    I can’t see how they can do this technically……………and then some.

  9. davirob

    Early respondents should be glad they’re not fish.

  10. Barry 09

    $ome Geek will find a way around it and $ell it to iphone u$er$

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