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In Defense Of Apple’s Anti-Concert Filming Patent


Yesterday, Business Insider reported that tech giant Apple filed a patent application for a system that would disable iPhone cameras at live performances. According to the patent application, infra-red receivers (likely set up on stage) will disable the iPhone’s camera when aimed at the performer. This is all, of course, to protect the video rights of those who likely forked over loads of cash for said exclusive content.

Our knee jerk reaction to this, much like yours, was “how dare Apple dictate how I use a product that I paid a ton of money for!” After all, shouldn’t you be able to do whatever you damn please with a device that now belongs to you? Having Apple dictate how and where you use your cell phone would be akin to a grocer telling you that you can only use your produce for cooking. If you want to use your carrot for something other than a salad or a stew, hey, that’s your prerogative.

But the more we thought about it, the more we realized that Apple’s new patent–should it be approved and implemented– is not all that bad. As someone who attends multiple concerts in any given year, we’ve come to notice a pattern, a pattern best encapsulated in the image below:

If you do that a concert, die in a fire. Seriously. Before the advent of phones with cameras, the biggest pain in concert-going was the tall dude in front of you wearing a hat. Having his idiotic Panama hat block the view of a show you paid good money for is annoying enough. Add to that having him hold up his iPhone and you’ve got a recipe for us wanting to murder someone.

Listen up, douchebags who do just that: chances are you’ll forget about the footage of that one song you filmed. You’re not going to upload it to YouTube and it’s just going to sit in your phone’s memory forever and ever without ever being shared with the world. Same goes for photographs. No one cares that you were at that show. So, seriously, stop it. Don’t ruin our buzz induced by overpriced beer and just let us enjoy the act on stage.

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