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Apple Wants To Stop Concert Filming With iPhones

More meddling with mobile technology for the sake of furthering business ventures.

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Apple Wants To Stop Concert Filming With iPhones
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Cell phones are popular items at concerts as mobile users take pictures and videos of their favorite entertainers, or, well, whatever entertainer they happen to be watching at the time. The technology is also considered something of a menace by many artists and concert-goers alike, and now, Apple is trying to placate the recording industry once again by attempting to remove the ability to film concerts with an iPhone.

According to an article in The Sun — no Page 3 here — Apple is in the process of building a system that recognizes concert environments and shuts their iPhones down when they are trying to film the performance. Don’t you just love purchasing an item and then have the company that made it govern how you use it? Clearly, Apple is taking a page from Sony’s handbook in regards to the PlayStation 3. It should be noted this is not a cry to allow iPhone users to willing steal concert footage — but then again, you bought the device, and, you should be able to use it for whatever purposes you choose. If those choices violate laws and/or RIAA edicts, then it’s up to you to pay the consequences.

By that as it may, Apple is still trying to introduce technology to the iPhone environment that will remove such a choice from the device owners. The Sun has more:

A patent application filed by Apple revealed how the technology would work. If an iPhone were held up and used to film during a concert infra-red sensors would detect it. These sensors would then contact the iPhone and automatically disable its camera function.

People would still be able to send text messages and make calls.

While I’m sure there will workarounds, provided Apple is successful, should they be doing this at all? Is it Apple’s job to police how consumers use their products or is the job of the agencies who want Apple to develop the technology? It seems like enforcement is such a frustrating task — I mean, it’s hard to see when a concert-goer is holding up a brightly-lit device with a sizable screen, defecating on copyright laws at will, right? — that these institutions are hoping Apple will do the leg work for them. Perhaps the most telling aspect of Apple’s strategy comes from the following quote, via The Sun’s article:

Apple filed for the patent 18 months ago — and it is thought if successful it will help them negotiate deals with record labels to sell content through iTunes.

If you believe that, then it’s apparent Apple is creating this technology to secure future business ventures instead of something more altruistic like protecting the artists who were infringed upon. Are these ham-handed attempts at securing future monetary deals enough to break the “Apple is the best company at creating mobile devices” talk or will the desire to have a iPhone like everyone else win out? Does it mean the end of things like this:


Which, according to the description, was “Filmed with iPhone from Dress Circle level?”

Apple Wants To Stop Concert Filming With iPhones
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  • Randy

    This is an extremely dangerous restriction. Don’t think concerts, think government using this to block all pictures and video whenever they want. Imagine oppressive countries like North Korea using this to make sure the world does not see them cracking down on political dissidents. Imagine Libya using this to prevent people from photographing or videoing innocent civilians being killed. The ability to make sure someone does not video or take a picture with their phone has serious geopolitical implications.

  • Bryon

    Let them do it… who cares? It will just open up doors for other manufacturers to get a competitive advantage by offering phones that don’t restrict what you can take pictures/videos of.

  • Roland

    Let’s not all freak out, now. Apple files patents all the time for technologies that never see the light of day. Plus, this article (and the Sun’s article it uses as a source) lack any proof that such a patent exists. What scares me more than the potential of a company to control my devices is the ease in which many just believe it’s true, with no evidence. Sad.

  • Chris W

    Just another reason for me to NOT buy a Iphone.

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