Apple set to ban iPhone owners from videoing live gigs says Swedish start up Bambuser

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Time was when YouTube was full of terrible videos of live band with very shaky low res footage and audio quality that was too painful to listen to. Then however video camera on smartphones got a bit more sophisticated and these days there’s quite a lot of good live performances captured on smartphones.

However according to a company called Bambuser if you have an IPhone you very soon won’t be able to to video a live gig as Apple will ban you from doing it. According to Bambuser, a service that allows mobile phone users to broadcast live onto the web, “Apple has applied for a controversial patent involving the use of infra-red sensor technology that would enable venue owners to disable iPhone cameras from filming a concert. Apple first applied for the patent in 2009 – but its existence was only unearthed last week.”

“On the face of it this is a really clever idea, one that empowers content owners,” said Hans Eriksson, executive chairman of Bambuser. “It’s has the potential to help the music and film industries clamp down on commercial piracy – a stance we fully endorse. But it also risks alienating tens of millions of music fans across the globe who simply want to share their mosh-pit experiences with family and friends.”

It’ll be interesting to see when and if Apple introduces the technology and what impact it has. Of course if you are using another type of phone then you can carry on shooting.

Ashley Norris

3 comments

  • And how many police departments will start using this technology to prevent anyone from filming the “concerts” which are sometimes put on by rogue police officers? This is a dangerous technology. I commend Apple for showing its true colors and letting us all know who really counts in the big picture.

  • Hmm, kind of weird. Doesn’t anyone realize that crappy Youtube reproductions are no excuse for the real thing? People who like shows will go to shows. People who don’t will catch it on Youtube. There’s no lost revenue. And besides, what about a stipulation for a sold-out show? Doesn’t that allow for some leeway when they know for a fact there was no chance of loss?

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